General regulations


Students attending the “Accademia Musicale Chigiana”, who are divided into Active students and Auditors, are subject to the following regulations:


Eligible for application as Active Students are:

  • Italian candidates who hold a diploma (old system) or a second level academic diploma (new system);
  • foreign candidates who hold equivalent certificates.

Exceptions to the requirement of these titles may be made only for the Courses in Clarinet and Klezmer clarinet (session B only), Composition, Guitar and chamber music, Orchestral Conducting, Singing, Percussion instruments and the Seminars in Choral Conducting, Guitar, Oboe and “Tabula rasa. The art of improvisation”, for which applicants are required to send a curriculum of their completed studies.
Candidates meeting the above requirements will be admitted as Active Students upon passing the obligatory entrance examination online at the site until April 20 (May 31 for the Course of Klezmer clarinet and for the Seminar of Oboe) or else at the Accademia Chigiana on the first day of each Course.

Active students are required to attend each lesson of the Course. On request of the respective instructor, particular exceptions will be allowed to those of Quartet and chamber music Course.

The application form must reach the Academy with the required documents, the application form for an Italian fiscal code (to be completed only by students who do not already have one), the payment of the application and examination fee by the following dates:

  • April 20 for enrollment with video-audition (reserved for instrumentalists and singers);
  • May 15 for the Orchestral Conducting Course;
  • May 31 for the Composition and Klezmer clarinet Courses and for the Oboe Seminar;
  • June 10 for all the other Courses with a live audition in Siena.

if no application and examination fee is received the application will be rejected.

One copy of the following documents is to be forwarded (required only for first-time applicants for the Chigiana Master Classes with the sole exception of the orchestral conducting Course):

  • diplomas or certificates of musical studies;
  • identification card showing the date of birth;
  • detailed curriculum vitae;
  • programs of concerts held in the past (necessary only for candidates of ensemble and orchestral conducting Courses).

The photocopied documents will, upon the student’s request, be returned before the end of the Course.

Active students will not be admitted to the same Course for more than four years, except in case of a waiver based on a motivated request made by the Instructor to the Artistic Director of the Academy. They may not attend more than two classes simultaneously.

Age limits for Active students are specified in the paragraph regarding each Course or Seminar. An exception to this limit is foreseen only for groups that can demonstrate they have been together for at least three years, as long as the average age is below 35.

Candidates must therefore enclose along with the application form the copy of a personal document showing the date of birth. Without this document the enrolment application will be rejected. The age limit is applicable the first year of attendance; it may be waived for three further years, providing they are consecutive to the first one. On the application form candidates shall indicate

  • A) the pieces they intend to perform at the entrance examination;
  • B) the pieces they wish to study during the Course;
  • C) for the Singing Course: voice range / for the Chamber Music Courses: instrument (in case of groups, surname and instrument of each member).

Candidates must also be in possession of the scores of all the mentioned pieces.
Ensemble members are required to be in possession of both scores and parts of all the pieces needed by the group.

Candidates who do not pass the entrance examination as active students may attend the lessons as Auditors, after fulfilling the necessary formalities at the Secretary’s Office.

Active students who – according to the evaluation of the respective instructor and of the Artistic Director of the Chigiana Academy – excel particularly during the Courses will have the possibility of being included in their respective programs, as well as being inserted in the concert seasons of the Chigiana Academy..


No particular qualifications are necessary for registration; only the application form is required (there is no deadline for its presentation), together with payment of the auditor’s fee in euros.

N.B. Entrance to the Academy is allowed only on presentation of a special ID card, issued by the Secretary’s Office
Students must therefore provide a photograph.


Entrance examinations for the Courses and Seminars may be taken by sending a film to be uploaded to the internet site along with the online application for registration no later than 20 April (31 May for Klezmer clarinet Course and for Oboe Seminar).
The Accademia Chigiana will notify candidates as to the outcome of the admissions process after 15 May.
Should anyone apply after 20 April, and should placement positions still be available for full participants, it will be possible to sit the entrance examination at the Accademia Chigiana during the days indicated within the paragraph relative to each Course.
The candidate must comply with the established examination programme and, in the case of an examination to be held at the Accademia Chigiana, must personally make arrangements for the music to be performed.

The only students exempted from the entrance examination are Active students already accepted for solo instrument Courses who also wish to attend Chamber Music Courses accepting single instrumentalists.

Auditors are not allowed to attend entrance examinations.


All Active students who have attended lessons regularly will be granted attendance certificates. Diplomas of Merit or Honour may also be granted.


All Academy students (both Active students and Auditors), upon showing their student identification cards, will be admitted free of charge to the Final Class Concerts and will be entitled to price reductions for tickets to Chigiana concerts. For these concerts, a limited number of complimentary tickets will be available to Active students only. These tickets must be requested and reserved beforehand in the Secretary’s office.

N.B. In case of disagreement on the interpretation of translation, the Italian text will be decisive.