Summer Course Program

The course begins with an information session. If possible it is advisable to arrive well before this, as we all are new to the place. You may also arrive on the previous evening, but please contact the Itä-Hämeen opisto about this.

Daily program

The participants will make their own schedule based on the lessons and ensemble sessions. The lessons start at nine o'clock in the morning, right after the breakfast, and go on until noon (lunch). The lessons continue after one o'clock and usually end at half past seven. The afternoon tea break will be between half past three and four.

There may be lessons after that, as well, and ensembles may rehearse late in the evening. The keyboard players should be prepared to practise their own pieces also later in the evening, as the number of harpsichords is limited.

Concerts and performances

Different lunch and coffee concerts form an important part of the course atmosphere. Especially later in the week the meals are served with beautiful music. The vivid social life often results in nocturnal singing, playing, or even dance performances.

The course will reach its climax in the the final concert which is organized in the church of Hartola. The concert is a free public concert, open for everyone. If you want to invite your friends, please do so!


In case music fails to keep you occupied all day, you might want to have a walk or a jog around. You may also find very nice swimming possibilities in the very neighbourhood of the course location. Please ask for directions either from the reception or from the course organizers.

There will be free socializing during the evenings. Sauna & sausage will be offered in at least two evenings during the course. Especially during the last one or two evenings it is not rare to see the sun rise before the last flames of the campfire go down. And, goes without saying, there will be a big party in the last evening.

Helsinki Early Music Society, Itä-Hämeen opisto