Academy Program

Three-Week Program
July 16 - August 6, 2017

Two-Week Program
July 23 - August 6, 2017

The Academy's Program is designed for young professionals, college, and pre-college musicians of all ages. Ensembles are assigned according to age and level. Participants of a Two-Week Program will join the Academy for Weeks Two and Three. The program includes:

Week One, July 16 to July 23

  • 5 Instrumental/vocal master classes (private lessons)
  • 5 Chamber music coaching (with the focus on exploring chamber music repertoire)
  • Student and faculty concerts
  • Instrumental, Vocal, and Chamber Music master classes
  • Work with accompanists (strings/wind/voice)
  • Competition Preparation Class (optional)
  • Audition Preparation Class (optional)
  • Improvisation Class (optional)

Weeks Two and Three, July 23 to August 6 (for participants of three-week and two-week programs)

  • 6 Instrumental/vocal master classes (private lessons)
  • 6 Chamber music/sonata classes
  • Piano and vocal ensembles and performance seminars
  • Chamber orchestra classes (strings/wind)
  • Technique and interpretation workshops
  • Solo, chamber music, ensemble, and orchestral performances
  • Student Recitals
  • Distinguished Faculty Concerts Series
  • Work with accompanists (strings/wind/voice)
  • Improvisation Class (optional)
  • Collaborative Piano Class (optional)
  • Sightseeing tours (optional)

. . . and this is how it works:

  • Students have their instrumental/vocal master classes (private lessons) with one or more faculty members.
  • Students are expected to practice and individual practice sessions are scheduled every day.
  • Practice rooms are available for extended practice time. Students are expected to take part in at least one of the many solo performances.
  • On chamber music days, all groups and ensembles are assigned two sessions: one to be coached by a faculty member and another to work by themselves, applying what they have learned.
  • Rooms are also available for extended chamber music and ensemble rehearsals beyond assigned time.
  • All chamber music groups, instrumental and vocal ensembles and the Academy Chamber Orchestra are featured at the special concerts at the end of the Academy.
  • In addition to great learning opportunities and intensive work at the Academy, students are offered unique sightseeing and educational tours to experience and appreciate rich Italian culture, history, and traditions. Previous Academies included city tours to Venice, Mantua, Milan, Verona, Genoa, Parma, Bologna, Brescia, Bergamo, city tours of Cremona, visits to Giuseppe Verdi House, Stradivari Museum, and New Violin Museum of Cremona.


In collaboration with the Consorzio Liutai "Antonio Stradivari" and the Fondazione Antonio Stradivari, participants of the Academy will have a unique opportunity to visit and meet with Cremona's renowned luthiers and play on their instruments.

Thanks to our sponsors!