Summer Study Abroad Program
Solo Instrument, Voice & Chamber Music
Program Information

Overview

The 6-WEEK STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM @ Chigiana is a distinctive solo instrument, voice, and chamber music intensive program designed for undergraduate students. It seeks to prepare the young musician to take on a transformative, challenging role as an artist in the 21st century.

The 2020 SUMMER PROGRAM – partnered with the Florentia Consort, Southern Methodist University, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – is part of the Chigiana Global Academy Programs (C-GAP).

Students will enhance their artistic skills through pre-professional experiences both in class and by performing in historical venues in Siena and around Italy.

 

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 undergraduate students at U.S. universities and offers classes in performance studies (individual lessons), chamber music and music history. Participants will leave the Accademia Chigiana with course credit and a recording of the final concert.

Performance majors will participate in individual lessons and chamber music coachings in addition to performing in multiple concerts as part of the program’s festival Primavera Chigiana. Students are also given the opportunity to study Italian language through daily morning lessons with our dedicated instructor. Participants will also perform in the aperitivo concert series, an informal 15-20 minute nightly concert at the ChigianArt Cafe.

Led by Dean and Program Director Antonio Artese, the outstanding faculty is comprised of internationally recognized professional artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

 

Who should apply?

We invite applications from undergraduate students and those who have recently completed their undergraduate degree (2020 graduating class). Applicants should be in good academic standing and have a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. 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 maximum of 30 students.

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Bassoon
  • Classical Guitar
  • Double Bass
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
Shared Room
Resident Advisor / Program Assistant
Performance Opportunities
Italian Lessons
Student Card for University Canteen (discounted meals)
Concert Tickets for Program performances
*Airport Meet & Greet / Group Transfer to Siena (*May 16 arrivals to Florence only)
Orientation
Program Field Trips
Cultural outings
Wi-Fi
online scheduling of practice rooms
Video Recording of final concert

Program Tuition & Fees – $7000

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

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

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 SUMMER PROGRAM – SIX WEEKS
MAY 18 – JUNE 26, 2020

ONLINE ORIENTATION via Google Hangouts
SATURDAY, APRIL 18th at 2:00 PM EST

STUDENTS ARRIVAL:
SATURDAY, MAY 16th by 6:00 PM*
*
On May 16th students must arrive by 6pm to the Florence Airport to take the program shuttle to Siena.

ON- SITE ORIENTATION:
SUNDAY, MAY 17th 10 AM – 12 PM
All students MUST be present at orientation

WELCOME DINNER:
SUNDAY, MAY 17th 7:30 PM

PROGRAM ENDS:
THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2020 – FINAL CONCERT 7:30PM*
All students are required to attend the final concert.

FAREWELL DINNER:
THURSDAY, JUNE 25th 9:00 PM

STUDENTS VACATE APARTMENTS:
SATURDAY, JUNE 27th by 12 PM

EARLY Application Deadline: February 1st, 2020
Application Deadline:
March 1, 2020

Program Dates: May 18 – June 25, 2020
Arrive: May 16, 2020
Depart: June 26 or 27, 2020

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Coursework

PERFORMANCE STUDIES
(3 credits)
Weekly private lessons, rehearsals and coaching in solo instrument and chamber music, master classes led by international faculty and guest artists. Concerts in Siena and other Italian cities provide an intense, formative experience for promising, young musicians.

MUSIC HISTORY
(3 credits)
The course in Music History (Italian Baroque Masters) will be enhanced by cultural visits to museums and libraries in Siena, Florence, and the surrounding areas.

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

All courses will be taught in English by local and visiting faculty/artists.

Classes are held Monday-Thursday, and some weekends will be free of program commitments.

The Program

Participants will have private lessons and multiple coachings every week with an International Faculty, opportunities for performances in SienaCremona, and other prestigious locations in Italy, as well as, an enriching cultural experience abroad.

ARTISTIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Over the last five centuries, generations of students, scholars, and artists have been inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Examining artistic entrepreneurialism from both historical and current perspectives will at once empower and inspire students, thus preparing them to take on a transformative, challenging role as artists in the 21st Century.