The wind orchestra of the twin towns Wetzlar and Schladming, which is organized as a project, will rehearse a concert program with symphonic wind music for a week with a professional conductor. The result of this workshop will then be presented to the public during a concert at the festival.
Mid EUROPE Schladming 2019
Mid EUROPE Schladming 2019 © Mid EUROPE Schladming 2019

The Mid EUROPE is one of the largest wind music festivals in Europe.

It is particularly characterized by the fact that no musicians and appearances are purchased, but musicians register of their own interest to the event, to make music together, to learn from each other and to get to know other cultures. Every year, the festival succeeds in inspiring 35 ensembles and orchestras from around 15 nations to travel to Schladming and carry the sounds out into the wide world. Classical music, traditional Bohemian sounds, swing to rocking SKA sounds and pop bring the Schladming-Dachstein region to a multitude of concerts and events.

The open-air concerts take place at Schladming's main square. Hall concerts in the congress Schladming. The big marchshow "Schladming TATTOO" in the WM Park Planai and the LONG NIGHT of the music in downton. Further concerts including church concerts are given in the neighboring village of Haus im Ennstal.

The Project „City Winds“

The wind orchestra of the twin towns Wetzlar and Schladming, which is organized as a project, will rehearse a concert program with symphonic wind music for a week with a professional conductor. The result of this workshop will then be presented to the public during a concert at the festival.

The project is intended to give ambitious musicians the opportunity to play orchestral literature that can not be rehearsed in their home orchestra. It also ensures a cross-orchestral and inter-city exchange, which can serve as a motivation for working in the local orchestra. We use the great opportunities that result from the fact that the twin towns Schladming and Wetzlar have been very close friends for nearly 45 years. The experience and the fun of playing music together in an orchestra with musicians from other nations is an unforgettable experience.

The conductor Dominik M. Koch

Dominik M. Koch (*1983) works as a freelance conductor, music educator, juror, arranger and coach. From 2015 to 2018 he was a lecturer in the department for Wind Orchestra at the University of Augsburg.

He studied Wind Orchestra Conducting at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg under Prof. Maurice Hamers which he successfully completed in 2014 with a master's degree. Previously he studied music education at the Mannheim University of Music and German Studies at the University of Mannheim. He took third place at the International Conductors Competition "European Conductors Competition 2013" in Oslo. Dominik M. Koch is regularly invited as a lecturer and guest conductor at various orchestras, projects and workshops and works as a juror at the Wind Band Association Baden-Württemberg and in Switzerland. For further information see http://www.dominikkoch.de/.

The guest conductor Steven Bryant (North Carolina, USA)

As a guest conductor, we are pleased to welcome Steven Bryant (North Carolina, USA). He will rehearse one of his own pieces with the orchestra and conduct it himself. The American conductor and composer studied composition with John Corigliano at Juilliard School, with Cindy McTee at the University of North Texas and with W. Francis McBeth at Ouachita Baptist University. He was a founding member of the Composers Association BCM International. His work mostly includes symphonic music, chamber music and symphonic wind music where he picks up influences of electronic music. For further information see https://www.stevenbryant.com/.

Arrival and departure for participants from Wetzlar's twin towns

The arrival and departure for musicians from the twin towns must be organized by themselves.

Arrival: Monday, July 8th 2019
Departure: Sunday, July 14th 2019


Accommodation is at the Sporthotel Royer **** S. The holiday, family, sports and seminar hotel is located on the outskirts of Schladming, opposite the Congress Schladming – only 400 meters from the city center and just a few steps from the Planai station. The comfortably equipped rooms with bath and shower offer satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, radio, mini-bar and a safe. The hotel also has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness room as well as an indoor tennis court and a squash court. The house is also suitable for wheelchair users.

Traveling expenses

483,00 Euro per person in a double and shared room*
573,00 Euro per person in a single room*


  • Accomodation (with breakfast) for six nights at the Sporthotel Royer****S
  • Catering during the workshop
  • Tourist tax (currently 1,50 Euro – subject to change)
  • Schladming-Dachstein Summercard
  • Registration for all concerts, courses, exhibition, program book for the Mid Europe
  • conductor and workshop
  • music sheets

*A reduction of the traveling expenses through sponsoring is possible and will be credited to the individual participants.


You can register with the following instruments: piccolo, flute, oboe / English horn, bassoon, clarinet, alto clarinette, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trumpet / flugelhorn, French horn, tenor horn, baritone / euphonium, trombone, tuba, percussion instruments, timpani, small strikes (please specify!)

Orchestra literature and audio samples

We will select pieces with difficulty level 3.

Information on the number of participants

The total number of participants is limited. Should some instruments overcapacity, we reserve the right to make a selection. Registrations received after the registration deadline may therefore not be considered.


Minimum age: 16 years

You can easily register online via a registration form.

Important note for the registration

The online registration is a provisional application. First of all we will collect all registrations, you will then receive the binding documents for the registration by mail which must be countersigned.

Registration online

Accomodation (please select)*

Please explain your acceptance of the conditions of participation. You will find them at the bottom of this page.

Letter of acceptance*
Formular absenden


This project is kindly sponsored by ...

Leitz-Park - Leica Camera AG, Deutsch-Österreichische Gesellschaft Wetzlar,
Stadt Wetzlar and Stadt Schladming