2022 BISYOC will be back with a full-size orchestra!
Join us in Eberswalde, Germany
from 26 July 2022 to 6 August 2022.
At a glance
- Course Dates: 26.07.2022 – 06.08.2022
- Course Location: Waldsolarheim, Eberswalde, Germany
- Course Fee: 595 € (including food, accommodation, tuition, and any other cost related to the musical or cultural programme)
- International team of musical tutors
- Who can apply: enthusiastic musicians aged between 16 and 26 from all countries
BISYOC will be a medium-sized orchestra in 2022 with 50 to 60 players. The program is varied and exciting for all instruments.
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967): Summer Evening
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969): Concerto for Strings
Gordon Jacob (1895-1984): Old Wine in New Bottles
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphony No. 7 in A Major, op. 93
We encourage you to apply if you play one of the following instruments:
- Double bass
- Oboe and English horn
- French horn
During the course, you will have the opportunity to participate in and be part of an extensive cultural program. This way, you will get to know the other participants and experience different cultures.
We will start the day with a common morning warm-up in the beautiful park around our accommodation. For the evenings, we have planned various events for you, such as the very popular Eurovision Song Contest and a dance night with a local dance teacher. For this year, we have additionally prepared a new format for you – the Fairy Tale Night! On other evenings, there will be cosy get-togethers with barbecue, jam sessions and campfire with stick bread (if you don’t know what that is yet, one more reason to apply ;)).
Besides all the musical and cultural activities, there will be time to enjoy nature in Bisyoc 2022. Therefore, on the day of our chamber music concert, we will take the train to Joachimsthal, a small village near Eberswalde, where we will walk through the forests around the village and visit the sightseeing tower of the Biorama Project Center. After our concert in Joachimsthal we will visit the Grimnitzsee, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the concert venue.
You will also explore the city of Eberswalde and get to know the local community through street music and interactive projects with the Stino youth club and the elderly home Freudensquell.
Eberswalde is a town in the northeast of Germany, close to the capital Berlin. It is surrounded by forests and has a beautiful old town center, you can find both typical buildings and the calm of nature. The Schorfheide Biosphere Reserve with its beautiful cultural landscape represents one of the largest cohesive woodlands in Germany.
Participants, team, and tutors all loved the Wald-Solar-Heim – our accommodation of the 2021 chamber course – with its amazing food and wonderful rooms. Two to four participants will share a room. The large outdoor space can be used for leisure, physical activity, and even has a small outdoor stage. Located between town and forest you can regain your strength in the breaks by walking through the woods. This wheelchair-friendly accommodation provides quiet private space as well as plenty of opportunities to get together. You will love it!
The fantastic food at the Waldsolarheim was one of the deciding factors in our decision to return to Eberswalde in 2022. The Waldsolarheim offers pure vegetarian meals to many groups and our experience from last year shows that the food tastes just fantastic. Therefore, we decided that the meals of BISYOC 2022 will be fully vegetarian. This way we contribute to better animal welfare and reduce the carbon footprint of the course.
Travel to BISYOC
Eberswalde is easily reachable by public transport. Thus we ask participants to organise the travel individually and arrive at the Waldsolarheim on the 26 July 2022 between 12:00 o’clock and 16:00 o’clock. Later arrival is possible after informing the team. The departure is on the 06 August 2022 after breakfast. We will inform participants about other participants from the same country to form travel groups.
When thinking about the choice of transportation, we encourage participants to travel in an environmentally friendly way to BISYOC. We will send more information about travel options in the months leading up to the course.
Eberswalde is easily reachable by public trains. Please book your train to the station Eberswalde Hauptbahnhof. From there it is a 10-minute walk to the course location.
Transporting your instrument in the train is quite easy, which is why we recommend traveling this way.
There are several sites to check for the best connection for you:
- Find train travel options and great tips in Europe: https://www.seat61.com/
- The best routes and ticket deals: https://www.europebyrail.eu/
- Where to buy cheap train tickets, how to find rail passes like Interrail and Eurail – and get friendly help in the big forum: https://rail.cc/
- Book cross-border tickets for buses and trains in Western Europe: https://www.thetrainline.com or https://raileurope.co.uk/
- Book night trains across many European countries powered by the Austrian railway: https://www.nightjet.com/en/
- German Train Services: https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml
Traveling by bus might be cheaper than by train. Below you can find two popular bus travel sites. However, they both do not run operations to Eberswalde directly, so you will likely have to combine traveling by bus with other means of transportation.
Some very adventurous participants travelled from Germany to Struga, Republic of North Macedonia by bike in 2019. If you want to make BISYOC an even bigger adventure, why not try travelling by bike?
- Find adventurous bike tracks: https://www.komoot.com/
We recommend carpooling as an more environmentally friendly and cheaper way to travel by car.
The closest airport is Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). From there you can travel to Eberswalde by train (see above). Be alert that due to travel restriction in relation to COVID19, flights often get shifted or cancelled at the moment. We advise to try to look for another means of travel.
BISYOC and COVID19
COVID19 became part of our daily life. Even though the situation is quite serious at the moment, we are very optimistic that it will be much more relaxing in the summer, as it was the case last year.
We will provide more info about COVID19 related requirements and hygiene concepts in the weeks before the course. Likely, you will have to show a proof of vaccination and you might need to get tested on site additionally (2G/2G+), but we cannot tell for sure now.
What we are sure about is that BISYOC 2022 will be memorable and full of pleasure.