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HOST Tour to Southern Germany, Aug. 19-29, 2019 (10 days, 11 nights) This is not a CD! - [HOST Tour, 2019] $600.00

Historic Organ Study Tours (HOST)

announces a summer tour in

Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg

August 19-29, 2019
10 days, 11 nights

For our 26th annual organ tour, we'll begin in beautiful, historic Munich, where we'll stay near the old city within walking distance of many of the important sights. Munich is distinguished by many important art and history museums, ornate palaces, gardens, picturesque walking streets, colorful beer halls, and of course, huge Baroque churches with distinguished organs. As we move south and then west and north, we'll visit numerous enormous cloister churches and basilicas housing historic organs from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. We'll also experience some significant modern organs along the way. We'll taste the history and architecture of cities such as Nuremberg and Augsburg, and we'll visit idyllic little medieval towns including the most famous one, Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

During our visit to each organ, we'll hear a comprehensive demonstration of the instrument's characteristic registrations and musical possibilities. Participants will then examine and play the organ. A booklet with information about each organ will be provided to each participant at the beginning of the tour. Photo and recording opportunities will abound. As time permits, other sights complementary to our organ visits will be included in order to make the tour as instructive, varied, and enjoyable as possible.

This is your chance to enjoy for the first time, or again, one of the most beautiful areas of the world. Consider spending extra days before or after the tour to explore at leisure some of the other enchanting cities nearby, such as Regensburg or Augsburg, the breathtaking mountains, and the scenic lakes in Bavaria. Then, come with us on our study tour through the inspiring organ and natural landscapes of spectacular Bavaria!

Michael Grüber, founder and operator of ORGANpromotion, an independent culture management business specializing in Franco-German culture, Albert Schweitzer Publishing, sale of sheet music, and his own recording label. Organist, choirmaster, and conductor. Experienced organ tour leader.

Bruce Stevens, Director of Historic Organ Study Tours. Instructor of Organ at the University of Richmond. Organ recitalist and recording artist. Experienced organ tour director and leader.

William T. Van Pelt, Co-Director of Historic Organ Study Tours. Owner of Raven Recordings. Former Executive Director of the Organ Historical Society. Experienced organ tour director and leader.

Tentative Itinerary

Monday, August 19, 2019
Participants arrive on their own at the tour hotel in Munich and check in
Overnight in Munich at Hotel Excelsior

Tuesday, August 20 – Organs in Munich
Munich: Jesuitenkirche St. Michael – 1982-83 Hubert Sandtner / 2011 Rieger organ, IV+P/75
Munich: Frauenkirche (The Munich Cathedral) – 1994 Georg Jahn organ, IV+P/95
Munich: Ludwigskirche – 1960 Rudolph von Beckerath organ, III+P/53
Overnight in Munich at
Hotel Excelsior

Wednesday, August 21 – Organs south of Munich
Seeshaupt: Pfarrkirche St. Michael – 1909 Friedrich Weigle organ, II+P/31
Polling: Stiftskirche St. Salvator und Heilig Kreuz – 2004 Johann Pirchner organ, III+P/42
Benediktbeuren: Klosterkirche St. Benedikt – 1682-86 Christoph Egedacher / 1770 Andreas Jäger organ, II+P/33

Overnight in Munich at Hotel

Thursday, August 22 – Organs from Munich west to Memmingen
Fürstenfeldbruck: Klosterkirche – 1736 Johann Georg Fux organ, II+P/26
Dießen am Ammersee: Marienmünster – 1739 Caspar König / 1984-87 Gerhard Schmid organ, III+P/39
Irsee: Benediktiner-Reichsstift – 1752-54 Balthasar Freiwiß organ, II+P/31
Overnight in Memmingen at Hotel Falken

Friday, August 23 – Organ around Memmingen
Ottobeuren: Basilica – 1766 Karl Joseph Riepp organ, IV+P/49; 1762 Riepp organ, II+P/26
Rot and der Rot: Klosterkirche St. Verena – 1793 Johann Nepomuk Holzhey organ, III+P/37
Ochsenhausen: Klosterkirche St. Georg – 1728-34, 1751-55 Joseph Gabler organ, IV+P/47
Overnight in Memmingen at
Hotel Falken

Saturday, August 24 – Organs southeast of Memmingen
Weingarten: Basilika St. Martin – 1737-50 Joseph Gabler organ, IV+P/66
Weißenau: Klosterkirche – 1785-87 Johann Nepomuk Holzhey organ, III+P/41
Salem: Salemer Münster – 1901 Wilhelm Schwarz & Sohn organ, III+P/38
Overnight in Memmingen at
Hotel Falken

Sunday, August 25 – Organs from Memmingen north to
Heidenheim an der Brenz
Memmingen: Stadtpfarrkirche Sankt Martin – 1998 Orgelbau Goll AG organ, IV+P/62 
Obermarchtal: Klosterkirche St. Peter und Paul – 1778-80 Johann Nepomuk Holzhey organ, III+P/43
Overnight in Heidenheim an der Brenz at The Taste Hotel

Monday, August 26 – Organs near Heidenheim
Giengen an der Brenz: Evangelische Stadtkirche – 1906 Gebr. Link organ, III+P/49
Neresheim: Klosterkirche – 1794-97 Johann Nepomuk Holzhey organ, III+P/48
Maihingen: Klosterkirche – 1734-37 Johann Martin Baumeister organ, II+P/22
Overnight in Heidenheim an der Brenz at
The Taste Hotel

Tuesday, August 27 – Organs near Nuremberg
Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Free time for sightseeing, shopping
Ansbach: Evangelisch-lutherische Kirche St. Gumbertus  – 1736-39 Johann Christoph Wiegleb organ, III+P/48
Nuremberg: Pfarrkirche St. Elisabeth – 1903 Josef Bittner organ, II+P/38
Overnight in Nuremberg at The Park Inn by Radisson

Wednesday, August 28 – Organs north of Nuremberg
Erlangen: St. Markus Kirche – 1733 Johann Glis / 1987 Johannes Rohlf organ, II+P/19
Erlangen: Neustädter (Universitäts) Kirche – 2005 Goll Orgelbau AG organ, III+P48
Nuremberg: Free time for museums, sightseeing, shopping
Nuremberg: Group dinner
Overnight in Nuremberg at The Park Inn by Radisson

Thursday, August 29 – Organs from Nuremberg to Munich
Ingolstadt: Liebfrauenmünster – 2016 Kristian Wegscheider organ, III+P/45
Augsburg: Basilika St. Ulrich und Afra – 1982 Orgelbau Sandtner organ, IV+P/68
Overnight at Munich airport at Mövenpick Hotel

Friday, August 30
End of tour

Costs & Inclusions
Included in the tour cost of $3,370 per person are hotel accommodations in double occupancy rooms for 11 nights, all breakfasts, a group dinner, a group lunch, luxury coach transportation, admission to all tour organs, the tour booklet, and the assistance of the tour leaders. A single room may be had for a single supplement of $650. Not included in the tour cost are overseas air travel, land transportation to meet and depart from the tour, and other evening meals and lunches. The tour cost is based on a minimum of 30 participants and is subject to modest adjustment prior to departure, if necessary.

We will stay in comfortable four-star hotels. Each room will have two beds and a private bath. Participants may specify their roommates, or we will suggest roommate possibilities for participants to explore, if they exist.

Once again, our transportation will be provided by Hirsch-Reisen GmbH, of Karlsruhe, Germany, which will provide us with a first-class, luxury coach and a professional driver.

Arrival & Departure
Detailed instructions for transferring from the Munich airport and from the Munich train station to the hotel will be provided. The last night of the tour will be spent at a hotel at the Munich airport, thus making early morning access to the airport hassle-free.

Historic Organ Study Tours assumes no liability for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, default, or irregularity occurring in connection with the performance of the tours. Participants must carry their own luggage to and from the bus and hotels. Participants must be prepared to walk reasonable distances for periods of up to 30 minutes when the coach cannot navigate narrow streets to get close to a destination. Participants are requested to refrain from smoking in the vicinity of the tour group.

Deposit & Final Payment
Our tours often sell out, so you are encouraged to register without delay. To reserve your place, we must receive your deposit of $600 per person and a completed registration form. We will start a waiting list after 40 deposits have been received. The remaining balance must be paid by May 1.

A refund of the total amount paid, minus a $100-per-person administration fee, will be available until June 1. After June 1, only one-half of the total amount paid can be refunded, minus the administration fee. After July 1, no refund will be possible.
Registering for the Tour
When your deposit or your inquiry is received, we will send a Registration Form. You may pay via credit card on this website or via a check or other means. Contact via FAX or telephone: 804-355-6386.

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