Academy Programs

Academy Programs

Academy Program: July 11 – August 1, 2021

Three-Week Program, July 11 – August 1, 2021
Two-Week Program, July 18 – August 1, 2021


The Academy Program is open to young professionals, college students, and inspiring pre-college musicians of all ages.

2021 Cremona Academy offers programs for Strings and Wind instruments, Piano, Voice, Composition, and Conducting.

Course of study includes combination of private lessons, masterclasses, chamber music, ensemble and orchestral activities, public solo and ensemble performances. Students will participate in interactive workshops, lectures, and group discussions.

Students are offered participation in a variety of optional classes. Chamber music, ensemble, and orchestral assignments are made based on the student’s age and level.


The Three-Week Program starts on July 11, 2021.

Week One: July 11 to July 18, 2021

  • 5 Private lessons
  • 5 Chamber music coaching
  • Student Recitals
  • Student solo, chamber music and ensemble performances
  • Distinguished Faculty Concert Series
  • Instrumental, Vocal, and Chamber Music masterclasses
  • Performance practice workshops
  • Interactive workshops, lectures, and group discussions
  • Work with accompanists (strings/wind/voice)


Participants of the Two-Week Program will join the Academy for Weeks Two and Three, starting on July 18, 2021.

Weeks Two and Three: July 18 to August 1, 2021 (for participants of the three-week and two-week programs)

  • 6 Instrumental/vocal private lessons
  • 6 Chamber music/sonata classes
  • Piano, wind, and vocal ensembles and performance seminars
  • Orchestral program (strings/winds)
  • Vocal and Opera Scenes Program
  • Technique and interpretation workshops
  • Interactive workshops, lectures, and group discussions
  • Student solo, chamber music, ensemble, and orchestral performances
  • Distinguished Faculty Concerts Series
  • Work with accompanists (strings/winds/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

Special Offerings:

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


. . . 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, and orchestras are featured at special public 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 the 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, and visits Giuseppe Verdi House, Stradivari Museum, and the 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.

Academy City

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