Academy Programs

Academy Programs

Three-Week Program
July 10 – July 31, 2019

(Arrival day -July 10, Departure day – July 31)

Two-Week Program
July 17- July 31, 2019

(Arrival day -July 17, Departure day – July 31)

The Academy Program is designed for young professionals, college, and pre-college musicians of all ages and comprised of private lessons, masterclasses, chamber music and ensemble activities. Chamber music and ensemble assignments are made based on students’ age and level. The Three-Week Program starts on July 10. Participants of The Two-Week Program will join the Academy for Weeks Two and Three. The program includes:

Week One, July 10 to July 17

  • 5 Instrumental/vocal master classes (private lessons)
  • 5 Chamber music coaching (with the focus on exploring chamber music repertoire)
  • Student Recitals and Concerts
  • Distinguished Faculty Concert Series
  • 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 17 to July 31
(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 Concerts
  • Distinguished Faculty Concerts Series
  • Work with accompanists (strings/wind/voice)
  • Improvisation Class (optional)
  • Collaborative Piano Class (optional)
  • Sightseeing tours (optional)

Academy City

. . . 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 as well as 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.


All students who have successfully completed the program of the Academy will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. A Special Certificate of Honor may also be awarded to the most outstanding students of the Academy at the decision of members of Faculty and Directors of the Academy.

Stradivari City

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.

Cremona Academy Sponsors