Orchestral Program

Orchestral musicians are invited to participate in a rigorous program of instruction and 8 public performances, including major orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera orchestra performances, masterclasses and private lessons.

Participants will have the opportunity to perform orchestral programs in world-class venues and some of Europe’s most historic halls, including three orchestral concerts, with music by Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Mendelssohn and Dvořák, and performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro in the Estates Theatre, the only theater left standing where Mozart conducted.

Chamber music performances will be given at Rudolfinum in Prague, the home of the Czech Philharmonic, and the Gothic Hall in Tabor, built in 1521.

Instrumentalists will have have coachings and masterclasses from members of the festival faculty, including members of professional European orchestras and principal players from the Berlin and Czech and Philharmonic. Instrumental musicians will also have the opportunity to take private lessons with leading teachers from the Prague Conservatory, where Antonín Dvořák was once the director.

Orchestral Program Performances

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9
Dvořák: Cello Concerto | Amit Peled, cello
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto | Lauren Roth, violin
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto | Walter Seyfarth, clarinet
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Program Highlights

  • Performing in the pit at the Estates Theatre
  • Orchestra performances at the Rudolfinum and the Estates Theatre
  • Masterclasses with orchestral players from major orchestras
  • 2018 clinicians will include: 
    Walter Seyfarth, Berlin Philharmonic
    Josef Špaček, Concertmaster, Czech Philharmonic
    Ladislav Kozderka, Principal Trumpet, Czech Philharmonic
    Lauren Roth, Concertmaster, Tucson Symphony
    Amit Peled, Cello, Peabody
    Leading faculty from the Prague Conservatory 

Chamber Music at Prague Summer Nights

PSN’s intensive chamber music program will include performances in Tábor and Prague, culminating in a concert in Prague’s famous Rudolfinum, the home of the Czech Philharmonic. All students will have the opportunity to coach with musicians from both the Czech and Berlin Philharmonics, as well as faculty from the Prague Conservatory, where Dvořák was the director.

Program Highlights

  • Chamber music performances in the Rudolfinum of Prague and the Gothic Hall in Tábor
  • Chamber Music rehearsals and concerts
  • Coachings with PSN chamber faculty, Lauren Roth, and guest clinicians including Walter Seyfarth, Josef Špaček, Ladislav Kozderka and leading faculty from the Prague Conservatory


Select students will have the chance to prepare and perform the world premiere of acclaimed critic and composer Greg Sandow’s string quartet, The Remembered Song. The ensemble will work directly with Mr. Sandow on the preparation and interpretation of his piece, and will premiere the work on July 4 in Suk Hall of the world-famous Rudolfinum.

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