Summer Music Courses in Europe 2017

The second program, our Germany-Austria-Italy Tour, takes place between
August 1-11, 2017 and begins with music study in Weimar, Germany, where we are hosted by the “Johann Nepomuk Hummel Music School”, and continues with an extended trip that will take participants to Austria-Italy.


We recommend that you check this page periodically in the coming weeks as we finalize our plans and post various additions to both programs.



Dates & Travel


Please note that air travel is not included in the program fee — participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.


Russia Tour (July 3-July 12, 2017)
  • *Arrival to Moscow: July 3, 2017

This year’s AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe is split into two programs. The first, our Russia Tour (for AFAF concerto competitions winners only), takes place July 3, 2017 – July 12, 2017 and consists of music study in Kostroma, a historic Golden Ring city on the Volga River. It also includes an extended trip to other Golden Ring cities as well as to Russia’s capital, Moscow.

The TBA begins in Kostroma, Russia, with the music study portion of the program. An AFAF bus will be available to transport participants from the Moscow –Kostroma and from Kostroma-Sergiev Posad to Moscow for a nominal fee, however participants are responsible for making their own air travel arrangements to Moscow.
  • *Last day of program: July 11, 2017 (please reserve your departures for July 12th, 2017)


Germany-Austria-Italy Tour (August 1 – August 11)
  • First day of program: August 1, 2017 (Weimar)

The Germany-Austria-Italy Tour begins in Weimar, Germany, with the music study portion of the program. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Weimar. The airport closest to Weimar is located in Frankfurt (Frankfurt International Airport) and is about 3,5 hours by train from Weimar or you can reserve your seat on a AFAF bus from airport with us for a nominal fee.

  • Last day of program: August 10, 2017 (Milan) (please reserve your departures for August 11, 2017)





1. AFAF 2013, Concert in Liszt School of Music, Weimar, Germany

2. AFAF 2010, Leipzig, Germany

3. AFAF 2013, Concert in San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, Italy


Accommodations – Russia tour

During the week-long music study portion of this tour, participants will be housed in a conveniently located hotel. Double / triple accommodations are offered during the tour portion of the program. Single accommodations are available for an additional fee. Complimentary meals, including breakfast and dinner will be provided to participants during their stay in Kostroma. Participants will be able to make use of rehearsal spaces and other facilities provided by the Kostroma Music College.


Accommodations – Germany-Austria-Italy

Accommodations in Weimar offer double & three per room options for participants per room, or single bed option for additional fee. The hotel is located within (20 minutes) walking distance of the Music School and its many rehearsal spaces, classrooms and performance halls. While in Weimar and during tour portion of the program, participants will be provided with complimentary breakfast.


Music Facilities – Both Programs

Ample practice and performance facilities have been reserved for participants of both our Russia and our Germany-Austria-Italy programs. In addition to daily solo performances, recitals, and rehearsals with orchestra (TBA). Each student will receive two private lessons (Germany-Austria Tour only), and have the opportunity to participate in master classes for an additional fee. Advanced students who are interest in attending chamber music classes must reserve their seat in a class ahead of time and provide their repertoire at that same time (before their departure for the tour). Please note that master classes will be offered free to winners of a competition to be held on site of the respective program, and for a nominal fee to other participants. In addition, during the course of each of the two programs, students will have the opportunity to give several recitals. (Previous year’s recital venues included a recital hall at the Wurzburg University of Music, and the Liszt School of Music, Liszt Museum, Chamber Music recital hall. We will post more information about recital venues for both of this year’s programs as it becomes available.) 2017 Concerts: Schuman Museum in Zwickau, and Johann Nepomuk Hummel Music School concert hall.

Russia Tour

Our program, the Russia Tour, takes place between July 3 and July 12, 2017 and consists of a week of music study in Kostroma, a historic Golden Ring city on the Volga River, home of the internationally recognized Kostroma Symphony Orchestra, as well as an extended trip to other Golden Ring cities. The program’s final destination is Russia’s capital, Moscow, home to a number of world-class orchestras and the renowned Bolshoi Theater.


Germany-Austria-Italy Tour

Our first program, the Germany-Austria-Italy Tour, begins on August 1, 2017 in Weimar, where the Music School will once again be playing host to our students. With Weimar as their home base, participants will be able to explore surrounding cities and learn more about the composers that called these cities home, including Leipzig, Dresden, Eisenach, Zwickau, Weimar, and Würzburg. The program ends with an extended trip that will take participants to Austria-Italy where they will visit the historic towns of Salzburg, Udine, Venice, Vicenza, Treviso, and Milan.


While in Italy, participants will have the chance to attend a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco” at Verona’s internationally famous Arena di Verona (optional, not covered by program fee), explore the beautiful architecture of Salzburg, Udine, Venice (not covered entrance fee), Vicenza, Treviso, and Milan’s many cultural landmarks.

Application Requirements, Fees & Payment Schedule

Requirements: Applicants are required to submit a CD recording demonstrating their playing or a written recommendation from their music teacher. (Participants of previous AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe programs or previous regular festival programs are exempt from this requirement.)

Application Fee: $100
The application fee is nonrefundable and will be deducted from the total program fee.
The application deadlines are as follows:
Germany-Austria-Italy Tour – January 30 , 2017
Russia Tour – February 15 , 2017
Deposit: $200

The deposit is nonrefundable and will be deducted from the total program fee. Confirmation and a non-refundable deposit are due by March 1, 2017, with the remaining balance due by March 15, 2017.

If for any reason whatsoever this year’s festival (summer program) is cancelled, participants will be notified by March 25, 2017. Any and all deposits will be refunded.


Please note that due to extensive pre-arrangements that have to be made in order to ensure the success of this program, late registrations will incur an additional fee of 15% of the cost of the program, and that no refunds will be provided for cancellations made after
April 1, 2017.

Program Fees & Discounts
  • Germany-Austria-Italy Tour: Hotel – Double-Triple Room: $3,190

  • Hotel – Double-Triple Room: $3,290

  • Germany/Hotel – Single Room: $3,450

  • Russia Tour: Hotel – Double-Triple Room: $3,290

  • Hotel – Double-Triple Room: $3,290

  • Russia/Hotel – Single Room: $3,450

Discounts: Participants of previous AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe programs are eligible for a $100 discount off the total program fee.

For parents & other family members: The AFAF can provide accommodations for those parents or family members who wish to accompany participants for the duration of the program. The cost of room & board in a hotel for parents/guardians is $1,800 (Germany-Austria-Italy Tour and Russia Tour). Single Room accommodations for parents are $2,250.

Extra Fees: Please note that our Germany-Austria-Italy Tour include several optional excursions which are not covered by the program fee. Specifically, the program fee does not cover the cost of excursions to Leipzig, Dresden, Eisenach, Nuremberg, Weimar, Zwickau Schuman Museum.

The program fee also does not cover any miscellaneous expenses, such as entrance fees to museums, theaters, music performances, etc


Scholarships for AFAF Participants

Students who are participating in our regular 2016-2017 Festival are eligible to receive a $200 scholarship to the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2017 (Germany, Austria, Italy tour only). Scholarships will be awarded based on audition performances. Make sure to check the scholarship box on your 2016-2017 Season application form if you want to be considered for this scholarship.

Additional Information

The American Fine Arts Festival assumes no liability for medical emergency or other health related expenses. Participants are required to submit proof of travel-medical insurance.

The American Fine Arts Festival assumes no liability for damage, theft or injury that may occur during the course of the program.

Visa Information

Please note that a valid passport is required for travel and that depending on citizenship status participants may be required to have a visa to be able to enter the EU and/or Russia. For visas to Russia, we can recommend a visa services agency we’ve successfully worked with in the past. Please make sure to check entry and visa requirements and have all your travel documents in order at least one month before departure.


For more information about the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2017, please email us at All written inquiries and applications should be sent to AFAF, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733