Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 367,569 inhabitants (1,500,000 in the metropolitan area). The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the richest and wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
The city boasts a wide range of collections of art, especially those held in the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi. Florence is arguably the last preserved Renaissance city in the world and is regarded by many as the art capital of Italy. It has been the birthplace or chosen home of many notable historical figures, such as Leonardo Da Vinci and many more.
In Florence, you will be living in double occupancy rooms in shared student apartments, located throughout the city. In addition to the rent charge, electricity, water and wifi internet service are included in the program fee. Housing will be arranged for you and ready upon your arrival.
You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Italy and back. The program officially begins in and ends in Florence. All transportation to required program activities and field trips within Italy is included.
The Music and Performing Arts Program, "Renaissance in the XXI Century," is an intensive 6-week, 6-credit summer Study Abroad course in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance.
The goal of the program is to convey the spirit and the "energy" of the Renaissance. You will enhance your artistic skills through a pre-professional experience both in class and by performing in Italian historical venues.
Our 6-credit 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.
All courses will be taught in English by local and visiting faculty/artists, with other U.S. students as classmates.
Students will take the performance studies course (for violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano - although all instruments will be considered) and Music History of the Renaissance, for a total of 6 credits. An optional Italian course, "Italian for the Musician", is availalbe for no (0) credit.
- The program is six weeks long, and will take place from mid-May to late June. Attendance is required for the entire six-week period. Classes are held from Monday-Thursday each week.
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100- and 200-level courses
300- and 400-level courses
Program Director: Antonio Artese (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Music Director and CU Professor: Charles Wetherbee (Charles.Wetherbee@Colorado.edu).
Local excursions will be provided. A staff member, liaison to the students, coordinates all student activities. You will also receive a museum card that will provide you with free entrance to many museums and landmarks in Florence.
Non-CU students should go directly to the Florentia Consort Website to apply.
All students will also be asked to fill out the Florentia Consort Application.
You can access the application here.
Application deadline: March 1st
$250 discount if application is begun by February 1st.
Audition requirements for the program: Send a video/audio link of your playing to Professor Charles Wetherbee at Charles.Wetherbee@Colorado.edu.
PLEASE NOTE: Audition repertoire should represent 2-3 contrasting styles; total no more than 15 minutes.