Art Director

Starting in 2019, the programme is designed by Moritz Puschke  as Art Director of the International Organ Week Nuremberg - Musica Sacra.


Since March 2015, Cornelia Schiffel has been director of the International Organ Week Nuremberg - Musica Sacra.

Further Teammembers


Dr. Oliver Geisler

Communication, Marketing, Ticketing:

Susanne Schultz-Amling

About ION

Organised for the very first time in 1951 by the church musicians of the two major protestant churches in the historical centre of Nuremberg, St. Lorenz and St. Sebald, the International Organ Week Nuremberg - Musica Sacra (ION) is nowadays the largest and oldest festival for sacred and organ music in Europe. For ten days every year, Nuremberg becomes "the centre of the world" for organ music, as Karl-Heinz Göttert and Eckhard Isenberg point out in their "Organ Guide Germany" (Kassel 1998).

From the beginning ION was and is more than "just an organ festival": Choir and symphony concerts enrich the program with further areas of "Musica Sacra". Furthermore, academical symposia as well as special events for young people dedicated to a deeper understanding of "Musica Sacra" are organised.

A further central part of the program of ION is the International Organ Competition. Since its establishmment in 1968, it has been regarded as one of the most prestigious events of its kind worldwide. Newly designed and organised, it is held every two years as an interpretation competition parallel to the concerts of ION since 2007 (since 2016 always in the even years).

The programme of the ION is completed by masterclasses with renowned organists as well as numerous devotions and church services, in which the sacred music holds a special significance.

Statute (German)

History of the ION

Tradition and Change

From the International Organ Week Nuremberg – Musica Sacra to the Music Festival ION

Only six years after the Second World War, amid a European landscape of scars, Nuremberg sent out a signal of reconciliation and spiritual rehabilitation. In 1951, the church musicians of the two major protestant churches in oldtown-Nuremberg, St. Lorenz and St. Sebald, organised the International Organ Week Nuremberg – Musica Sacra (ION) for the very first time.

Centring around the impressive Organs, sacred music created a space where people from Nuremberg, Germany and Europe can meet. The spiritual and uniting power of the music, presented in unique churches – this is the exceptional spirit of the ION.

For almost two decades, Werner Jacob has coined the ION. He was followed by the artists Robert King and Wilfried Hiller. From 2013 to 2018, concert designer Folkert Uhde gave many new impulses to ION. In 2019, the ION takes place for the first time with Moritz Puschke as Art Director. The new festival name “Music Festival ION” keeps the tradition of the International Organ Week Nuremberg through the abbreviation, but connects it with the conciseness and internationality of a modern cultural event.

Today, almost 70 years after its creation, the ION is a bright festival and a forum for sacred music which is unique in Europe. Grand gala concerts, unusual experiments, symposia, workshops, the school project and every two years the renowned Organ Competition – the ION is a success story. And it still is tangible in concerts and numerous encounters, this exceptional spirit of freedom, of an accessible culture and of the embracing reconciliation in the heart of Europe.


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