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)

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