Composition Program
for String Quartet and Voice
Program Information

Overview

The C-GAP COMPOSITION PROGRAM at Chigiana is an intensive 3-week course designed to provide extraordinary opportunities and exposure to aspiring and established graduate student composers. The program includes individual lessons, daily seminars and master classes, review and rehearsal of compositions with the ensemble in residence.

FOCUS:
The 2020 Composition Program will focus on works for string quartet (two violins, viola and cello) with the addition of voice (soprano). Participants will gain firsthand experience by working directly with composer Prof. Richard Danielpour, the internationally renowned Carpe Diem String Quartet, and soprano Sarah Shafer, with a goal of premiering a new work at the end of the 3-week program. Each participant will receive a professional audio and video recording of the composition they workshop during the program.

 

What does the program offer?

The C-GAP Summer Program is an intensive opportunity to study abroad in Siena, Italy at the world renowned Accademia Musicale Chigiana. The program is tailored towards graduate students currently enrolled at institutions of higher learning. Participants will leave the Accademia Chigiana with a professional recording of their piece and a video recording of the final concert.

Composers will participate in group lessons and masterclasses where the Carpe Diem String Quartet will workshop their piece. The activities of the Composition program take place within the festival Primavera Chigiana. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the cultural outings organized within the Summer C-GAP, and study Italian language through daily morning lessons with our dedicated instructor. 

The composition course is led by Dean and Program Director Antonio Artese in collaboration with Prof. Richard Danielpour (UCLA). The Carpe Diem String Quartet and soprano Sarah Shafer are artists in residence.

 

Who should apply?

We invite applications from graduate students and talented undergraduates upon recommendation.  If currently enrolled, applicants should be in good academic standing and have a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. International students and students from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The Program is open to all students from any accredited institution of higher learning and offers space to a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 9 students.

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Richard Danielpour
Composition
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Carpe Diem String Quartet
Quartet in Residence
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Sarah Shafer
Soprano in Residence
Shared Room
Program Assistant
Performance Opportunities
Italian Lessons
Student Card for University Canteen (discounted meals)
concert tickets for C-GAP performances
Orientation
Cultural outings
Wi-Fi
Professional Recording of your piece
Video Recording of final concert

Program Tuition & Fees – $3500

May 1st – $500 deposit due (applied directly to program fees)
May 31st – Tuition balance due 

Fees DO NOT include: travel to/from Italy, airport transfer to/from Siena, regular meals, international phone plan, optional weekend travel.

Partial Scholarships are Available from the Accademia Chigiana and the U.S. non-profit “Friends of Chigiana”.

We encourage students to explore financial aid and scholarship opportunities at their home university and through external funding sources. We are available to provide additional program information to students applying for grants and scholarships.

2020 COMPOSITION PROGRAM – 3 WEEKS
JUNE 8 – JUNE 27, 2020

COMPLETED DRAFT WORKS DUE:
FRIDAY, MAY 1st

ONLINE ORIENTATION via Google Hangouts
SATURDAY, MAY 30th at 2:00 PM EST

STUDENTS ARRIVAL:
SATURDAY, JUNE 6th or SUNDAY, JUNE 7th

ON-SITE ORIENTATION:
MONDAY, JUNE 8th 10 AM – 12 PM
All students MUST be present at orientation

WELCOME DINNER:
MONDAY, JUNE 8th 7:30 PM

PROGRAM ENDS:
SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2020 – FINAL CONCERT 7:30PM*
All students are required to attend the final concert.

FAREWELL DINNER:
SATURDAY, JUNE 27th 9:00 PM

STUDENTS VACATE APARTMENTS:
SUNDAY, JUNE 28th by 10 AM

New Program Dates!

Online Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Draft Scores Deadline: April 15, 2020

Program Dates: June 8 – June 27, 2020
Arrive: June 6, 2020
Depart: June 28, 2020

Essential Links

Final Concert 2019
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Quartet n. 1 “Etudes” by Anthony Constantino

Coursework

COMPOSITION
(1 credit – pending approval)
Mornings are kept free of course activities. Dual afternoon sessions are spent in group lessons with Prof. Danielpour where the focus will be on the pieces of 2-3 composers. The second afternoon session is with the Carpe Diem String Quartet in residence for an active workshop of the student pieces.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE
(optional – no credit)
An efficient Italian language course for beginners to advanced students especially designed for the musician.

All teaching is in English by local and visiting faculty/artists.

Classes are held Monday-Thursday.
Prof. Danielpour will hold office hours on Fridays.
Most weekends will be free of program commitments.

Eligibility

The C-GAP COMPOSITION PROGRAM is open to all graduate-level students from any university. Applicants must be between 19 and 40 years old as of March 15th, 2020. The program will accept a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 9 student composers who are either currently enrolled in graduate schools or have graduated with their bachelors degree and are in the process of applying to graduate school. Talented undergraduates are welcome to apply.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • The works chosen for this course shall be no less than 7 minutes and no more than 10 minutes in length and should be composed for string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello) with the possible addition of voice (soprano).
  • A complete draft of the work for string quartet that will be rehearsed and performed during the summer session must be submitted by May 1st, 2020.