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Siena by Chas Wetherbee
  • Weekly opportunities for performances in venues such as Siena, Florence, and other locations within and without Italy.

  • Performance Studies in Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, and Piano (however, all instruments and voice will be considered)

  • The Siena International Music Program is partnered with the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, founded in 1932 at the behest of Count Chigi Saracini, a patron and music lover, who instituted master classes and concerts in Siena, offering hospitality in his own home to prestigious teachers and to talented students from all over the world. Because of the legacy left by the Count, which helped to establish the Chigiana Foundation, the Accademia Musicale has become one of the most famous and honored of European Musical Institutions.


Siena, located in the heart of Tuscany about an hour and a half south of Florence, is often thought to be one of Italy’s best medieval cities. The center of the city, Piazza del Campo (or Il Campo for short), is a UNESCO World Heritage site and regarded as one of the best medieval squares throughout all of Europe. Twice a year, it hosts a world famous horse race known as the Palio.

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. 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 Academia Chigiana is housed within the Palazzo Chigi Saracen, a XIII century palace. With more than 100 rooms, the palazzo houses instrument collections, artwork, classrooms and practice space, rehearsal rooms, and a beautiful concert hall. 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 Siena. All transportation to required program activities and field trips within Italy is included.


Program Director: Antonio Artese ( & Music Director and CU Professor: Charles Wetherbee (


Local excursions will be provided. A staff member, liaison to the students, coordinates all student activities.


  • 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.

  • All courses will be taught in English by local and visiting faculty/artists, with other U.S. students as classmates.


  • 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.


  Renaissance Florence program University of Colorado
Course Levels

100- and 200-level courses


300- and 400-level courses



6 credits





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

Audition requirements for the program: Send a video/audio link of your playing to Professor Charles Wetherbee at

PLEASE NOTE: Audition repertoire should represent 2-3 contrasting styles; total no more than 15 minutes.

Program Reviews:
Kamila Dotta, Summer 2017 Participant
Activities like ¨Cultural Tuesdays¨, concerts, scavenger hunts, communal dinners, and traveling around Europe with new people brought everyone closer and made each day more exciting than the one before.

Kamila Dotta, Summer 2017 Participant
Florence is a colorful and intriguing cosmopolitan city. I loved getting out of Italian renaissance class and then actually stepping inside the Medici Palace, the Duomo, or the Uffizi. The fact that I could touch, smell, and confirm what I was studying outside of the classroom was mind-blowing. The smell of fresh bread coming from around the corner, the countless gelato flavors, and the authentic pizza places were just the beginning of an incredibly tasty experience. Locals were friendly, classes were interesting, and the people I met definitely made my entire journey so much better.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 13-MAR-2017
Variable 20-MAY-2017 01-JUL-2017
NOTE: Start and end dates are subject to change. Please consult acceptance materials before purchasing airline tickets, completing a visa application, etc.
Summer 2018 15-MAR-2018 ** Variable 20-MAY-2018 29-JUN-2018
Summer 2019 01-MAR-2019 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.

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