Academy Programs

Academy Programs

Three-Week Program
July 12 – August 2, 2020

(Arrival day – July 12, Departure day – August 2)

Two-Week Program
July 19 – August 2, 2020

(Arrival day – July 19, Departure day – August 2)

The Academy Program is designed for young professionals, college, and pre-college musicians of all ages and comprised of private lessons, masterclasses, chamber music, ensemble, and orchestral activities. Course of studies includes private lessons for String and Wind instruments, Piano, Voice, Composition, and Conducting, and offers variety of optional classes. Chamber music, orchestral, and ensemble assignments are made based on student’s age and level.

The Three-Week Program starts on July 12, 2020. Participants of The Two-Week Program will join the Academy for Weeks Two and Three, starting on July 19, 2020. The program includes:

Week One, July 12 to July 19

  • 5 Private lessons (Strings, Piano, Winds, Voice, Composition, Conducting)
  • 5 Chamber music/Sonata Class coaching
  • Instrumental, Vocal, and Chamber Music masterclasses
  • Performance practice workshops
  • Audition Practice workshops
  • Work with accompanists (strings/wind/voice)
  • Student Recitals
  • Distinguished Faculty Concert Series
  • Week One Chamber Music Concert

Weeks Two and Three, July 19 to August 2, 2020
(for participants of three-week and two-week programs)

  • 6 Instrumental/vocal master classes (private lessons)
  • 6 Chamber music/sonata classes
  • Piano, wind, and vocal ensembles and performance seminars
  • Vocal Program
  • Orchestral program (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)

Optional Classes (three-week and two-week programs)

  • Composition Class
  • Conducting Class
  • Competition Preparation Class
  • Audition Preparation Class
  • Improvisation Class
  • Ear Training and Musicianship Class
  • Collaborative Piano Class (Pianists only)

Special Offerings

  • Introduction to Historical Keyboard Class (hands-on class for pianists)
  • English Language Class

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