Register now for a four-city tour of Central Europe in July 2018 

We are customizing a curriculum to focus on art, music and literature in the four cities:

Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Munich.  - Click each city to get started with course content!

Tour description: This tour has been designed for students of any age interested in experiencing cultural capitals of central Europe and learning more about specific artists, composers, and authors from these cities. Performance opportunities and master classes/workshops will be available for participants. We welcome pianists and vocalists for the tour in 2018.* EF Tours offers academic credit for a project completed on the tour. The additional academic content to be posted by Sonic Crossroads and designed by Group Leader, Kathryn Woodard, will likely appeal to a wide range of students, adults included. The tour as a unique life experience is suitable for any educator looking for professional development and/or personal growth in the arts.

*If you perform on another instrument and would like to register for the tour please contact us!


Curriculum focus: Early Modernism in Central and Eastern European Music, Art and Literature 

Topics will include musical works and their composers along with related art movements and literary works.

Bela Bartok, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and select piano works such as Mikrokosmos Vol. 6

Richard Strauss, Salome and Rosenkavalier

Leos Janacek, The Makropoulos Case and select piano works, such as Overgrown Path and In the Mist

Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire and select piano works (also his paintings in Lenbachhaus!)

Viktor Ullmann, Kaiser von Atlantis and piano sonatas

A suggested text with multiple pieces by these and other composers is available from Schott Music

While the focus of the course will be on early 20th-century modernism as well as some contemporary composers, resources for earlier composers from the same region will also be provided, e.g., the Viennese masters (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), Franz Liszt, Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak and others. Students will be encouraged to present and perform a wide range of works related to the musical history of the region. Check back for specific online content related to the tour and your study!

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Charles Bridge in Prague


On the Danube river in Budapest


The Towers of Munich




Stay tuned for our summer course offerings in 2017!



Our new Central European Music summer study abroad program is now online! Registration details available at the link


Our current featured composer is Ilhan Mimaroglu. Click here for audio and video. 


Check out the video pages for the Anthology of Turkish Piano Music:

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III (Complete video coming soon!)


View one of our featured titles, "Victory March," here. Also, the excerpt of "Aegean Spring" read at the Midwest Clinic Orchestra Reading session is here!



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