In 2016, the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück, in conjunction with the Institute for Music of the University for Applied Science (Hochschule) Osnabrück, started the Morgenland Campus.
Open to 30 students from around the world, campus participation is free of charge to those chosen. The week-long workshop offers students the opportunity to work with musicians of the Festival to learn about non-Western musical styles such as Arabian and various Asian genres.
Hailing from around the world, the tutors include vocalist Dima Orsho, percussionist Rony Barrak, tubist Michel Godard, double bassist Tony Overwater, violinist Maias Alyamani, trumpet player Frederik Köster, pianist Rembrandt Frerichs, clarinetist Mohamad Najem, and kamancheh and setar player Kayhan Kalhor.
Along with these musicians, students will participate in ensemble rehearsals, lectures, and concerts throughout the week. Some of the concerts will be public, including:
- July 13, Morgenland Soloists
- July 14, Kayhan Kalhor & Friends
- July 16, Morgenland Campus Finale with teachers and students
"Joining forces with Morgenland Festival gives the Stauffer Center the possibility to open a new window on the world, by broadening the spectrum of its artistic and educational activities," said Paolo Petrocelli, the Director General of the Stauffer Center for Strings. "With this special collaboration, we are going to promote multicultural and intergenerational dialog, while contributing to the growth of an open participatory and inclusive artistic and social vision."
"I am convinced that Morgenland Festival Osnabrück and Stauffer Centre for Strings will offer unique experiences to young students and music lovers," Michael Dreyer, artistic Director, Morgenland Festival Osnabrueck. "Both Morgenland and Stauffer stand for opening the musical horizon, for musical excellence and music as an important factor in social life of our time. Let our two cities be home of musical bridges, of open-mindness, love and respect.”