The Music and Performing Arts program Renaissance in the XXI Century is an intensive 6 week summer Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy. All students are welcome to apply.
The program aims at conveying the spirit and the energy of the Renaissance. Students will enhance their artistic skills through a pre-professional experience both in class and by performing in historical venues in Florence and around Italy. Our study abroad program aims at enabling young artists to hone their artistic skills and creative energy by living and performing both in Florence – universally acknowledged as the cradle of modernity – and other Italian venues.
THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE SPIRIT
Italian Renaissance artists were at the core of a major cultural and ideological shift. Through art, music, literature, architecture, and philosophy they reshaped thought, social norms, and systems of government. Their powerful example as agents of change remains a model of the role liberal arts can play to foster social and economic development.
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.
Summer Program May 22 – July 1st.
Students arrivals, Saturday, May 20th by 6:00 PM
Students vacate apartments by Saturday, July 1st at noon.
Orientation: Sunday, the 21st , 10-12 AM
Welcome dinner: Sunday, the 21st – 8:00 PM
CU STUDENTS ONLY CLICK HERE TO APPLY (GENERAL APPLICATION)
CU Students need to apply directly through the International Education Website (and to see program fees)
NON-CU STUDENTS ONLY CLICK HERE TO APPLY (GENERAL APPLICATION AND FEES)
FOR INFORMATION, APPLICATION & SCHOLARSHIPS
Prof. Charles Wetherbee, Music Director and Professor of Records
PERFORMANCE STUDIES (3 credits)
Weekly private lessons, rehearsals and coaching in chamber music, master classes led by international faculty and guest artists. Concerts in Florence and other Italian cities provide an intense, formative experience for promising, young musicians.
MUSIC HISTORY (3 credits)
Classroom sessions in Music History (Music in Renaissance Italy) will be enhanced by visits to museums and libraries both in Florence and the surrounding areas.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE (optional – no credits)
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.
M° Antonio Artese, piano – chamber music Florentia Consort – former University of California, Santa Barbara
M° Alberto Bologni, violin – chamber music Conservatorio di Musica “L. Boccherini”, Lucca
Kate Bolton, Music History Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence
Diana Biagini, Italian language – MA Italian Linguistics University of Florence
M° Judith Glyde, cello – chamber music Former – University of Colorado Boulder
M° Gabriele Ragghianti, double bass Conservatorio di Musica “L. Boccherini”, Lucca and Royal College of London
M° Harumi Rhodes, violin – chamber music – University of Colorado Boulder
M° Mark Rudoff, cello – chamber music – Ohio State University
M° Michelle Schumann, piano – chamber music – University of California Santa Barbara
M° Nicolò Spera, classical guitar University of Colorado Boulder
Samantha Stout, student activities coordinator Ph.D. – University of California San Diego
M° Charles Wetherbee, violin – chamber music – University of Colorado Boulder
All instruments will be considered.
Artist Faculty will be added, depending upon instrument of applicants.
Housing is provided in private apartments (double occupancy). Fees include airport pick-up, welcome dinner, pre-departure info, orientation, museum card, and a broad range of cultural and extra-curricular activities.
Students are expected to arrive in Florence on Saturday May 20th by 6:00 PM.
“The Music & Performing Arts Program “Renaissance in the XXI Century” provided me with some of the most incredible opportunities and challenged me as musician and as an individual each day.” – Jade E., 2016
“I greatly enjoyed studying abroad in Florence as part of the Renaissance in the XXI Century Program”.- Sophia Z., 2016
“You truly made our stay here great, and the opportunities you have given us are beyond what we could have imagined. This is a summer I will never forget!” – Amelia J., 2015
“Thank you so much for the trip. It was truly life changing…” – Avery J., 2014
“One of the most incredible experience that I have had… my studying gave the music not only more meaning, but also context…” – Brandon F., 2012
“The experience that I obtained in performing in those beautiful venues is irreplaceable.” – David P., 2014