ISAM Ochsenhausen: The Annual Joseph Dorfman Memorial Composers Competition

ISAM XIII : July 21 – August 4, 2017
Summer workshops, masterclasses, and competitions for piano, organ and composition

The International Summer Academy of Music (ISAM) is an annual institution located in the beautiful former Benedictine Monastery in Ochsenhausen, Germany. ISAM's is a two-week summer music academy deepens musical skills and expands musical horizons through high quality workshops, master-classes, lectures, concerts, and competitions, aimed at selected young and gifted musicians from across the globe. ISAM encourages a coming-together of musical minds. The hallmarks of the Academy’s training program are daily individual lessons and numerous performance opportunities, culminating in a competition for the pianists, organists, and composers, judged by an international jury of the faculty and invited guests. Prizes and scholarships are offered. ISAM is limited to 12 pianists, 12 organists and 12 composers. The small number of participants, coupled with a celebrated faculty that shares all meals and events, creates a rare collegial atmosphere through which a constant flow of stimulating exchange occur. Acceptance is based on the applicant’s artistic potential and/or achievements, evaluated individually by the faculty.

All ISAM participating composers are invited to partake in the annual Joseph Dorfman Memorial Composers Competition. This competition is intended to increase the excitement, energy, and creativity among our hand-picked young and talented composers, while at the same time generate a harvest of new, beautiful, and highly artistic works. The competition carries the name and blessed memory of ISAM co-founder, composer, pianist, musicologist, teacher, and visionary leader, professor Joseph Dorfman (1940-2006.). Winning compositions will be repeated at the Gala Concert and prize giving ceremony.This years theme-motive is typical of A. Ginastera's musical language.

Composers Competition Prizes include:
• 1st winner: 1000 Euros and a full scholarship for next ISAM
• 2nd winner: 500 Euros and a half scholarship for next ISAM
• 3rd winner: 250 Euros

The dates of ISAM 2017 are July 21 – August 4, 2017. Composers wishing to apply to ISAM, should fill out the online application form:

Program Fees of 990 Euros cover tuition, room and board for the two weeks. The Registration Fee is 144 Euro. Full and partial scholarships are available. More information can be found on ISAM’s website:

For additional information or any questions, e-mail Dr. Ofer Ben-Amots at:

18 May 2017
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