PLAYGROUND is the Hochschule für Musik Detmold’s competition for new concert formats. Whether as a chamber music ensemble or a collective – the competition gives you the opportunity to develop new concepts for the stage and perform live in front of an audience in the final. Free from conventions. Open to the extraordinary. Authentic and creative.


This year's competition does not follow a motto. Instead of it aims at encouraging you to formulate your own questions and create room for topics that are meaningful to you. To do so, we invite you to engage in (new) artistic relationships – with yourself, with sound and space, but also with the people you are playing with or for.

PLAYGROUND is more than just a competition. As part of a three-day workshop with members of STEGREIF. The Improvising Symphony Orchestra in April 2024, you try out your stage concepts for the first time. Together you will explore music and space and work on your artistic and performative qualities.

PLAYGROUND is supported by the Hochschule für Musik Detmold’s own foundation with a prize money of 4000 euros. In addition, the winning ensemble will go on tour during the 2024|25 season! Funded by Kultursekretariat NRW, you will develop your showcase into a tourable production as part of a summer school with STEGREIF and perform it on stages throughout NRW.
All information and tips for your application can be downloaded here soon: Flyer PlayGround.

All students of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold can take part, in collaboration with students from other disciplines and universities. Please submit your application form digitally by January 14, 2024 at

The competition’s final will take place on May 28, 2024 at the JUNGES THEATER of the Landestheater Detmold. You will present your concept to the jury in a 20-minute showcase. The final will be open to the public, young adults from and around Detmold will be invited.

In 2024, the jury will consist of teachers from various departments of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold as well as a representative of the Kultursekretariat NRW.

In case you have any questions or want to find out more about the competition, feel free to get in touch!
Prof. Katharina Höhne (Concept & Consulting) |
Frank Beyer (Organization) ||Tel. 05231 / 975-822

PLAYGROUND 2024 is a production of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in cooperation with the Kultursekretariat NRW, STEGREIF. The Improvising Symphony Orchestra and the Landestheater Detmold.