Age limit: 35 years

In-person entrance examination July 3 – 3:30 p.m.

The great Italian repertoire
Thanks to the constant in-residence presence of the “Guido Chigi Saracini” Chorus of the Cathedral of Siena, active students may study, probe, and perform several of the most important masterpieces from the Italian polyphonic repertoire, ranging from the polychoral Renaissance works of Palestrina, Gabrieli, and Banchieri, to works of the Classical Period, to the extraordinary Ave Maria by Verdi, through to the 20th-century masterpieces of Pizzetti, Petrassi, and Dallapiccola.

Choir directors, intermediate level (or above) composition students, musicians with a diploma in the vocal disciplines, those pursuing a diploma related to voice, and pianists with experience related to voice and/or choir may participate in the Course.

For the entrance examination the candidates must present:
Adriano Banchieri Kyrie from the “Missa Paratum cor meum” per doppio coro
Ildebrando Pizzetti Cade la sera

The lessons will focus on the following repertoire:
Adriano Banchieri Missa Paratum cor meum per doppio coro
Giovanni Gabrieli Cantate Domino per doppio coro
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Stabat Mater per doppio coro
Alessandro Scarlatti Exaltabo te Domine a 4 voci
Antonio Lotti Crucifixus per otto voci
Giuseppe Verdi Ave Maria su scala enigmatica
Ildebrando Pizzetti Cade la sera
Goffredo Petrassi Nonsense
Luigi Dallapiccola Coro dei malammogliati a 6 voci

* If any candidate has difficulty finding the required edition, be it out of print, it is possible to request a copy by sending an email to the Secretary of Students.

The Course will be structured accordingly:
- morning: theory and practical exercises with the choir;
- afternoon: practical lessons with the choir.

At the end of the afternoon lessons all the students (active and auditing) will attend the rehearsals of the following compositions:

Luca Marenzio Madrigali
Johannes Brahms Fünf Gesänge op. 104
Iannis Xenakis Nuits