2018 GUEST FACULTY
Freda Herseth, mezzo-soprano
2018 TEACHING FACULTY
Scott Piper, tenor,
Voice Festival Director
Sara Steele, Vocal Coach
Yi-Lin Hsu, soprano
Marco Nistico, bass-baritone
Moon-Sook Park, soprano
Amy Petrongelli, soprano
FEES & DEADLINES
Deadline: January 31, 2018 - April 1, 2018*
$30 If application received by January 31, 2018
$45 if application received by April 1, 2018
* Admission decisions after the April 1st deadline will be made on a rolling basis.
The Brancaleoni International Music Festival Emerging Vocal Artist Program is a three-week intensive educational experience that aims to provide the highest caliber of training for the young singer. This year's select group of singers will study, coach, and perform in the idyllic setting of the mountainous Northeastern region of Italy. The concentrated curriculum includes regular voice lessons, coachings, a production of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, opera scenes, workshops, daily Italian language/diction classes, masterclasses, student and faculty recitals, and more. Day trips to cities in Italy are also included in the cost of tuition. For more information, visit the Information page.
During the 2018 season the vocal program will present a staged production of Puccini's Gianni Schichi. Students will be cast in lead roles or covers, providing a rare opportunity to prepare and rehearse a complete opera under the guidance of our world-renowned artist-faculty members, including Howard Watkins from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, internationally acclaimed staging director Jeffrey Buchman and choreographer Rosa Mercedes, and our Voice Program Director, Scott Piper, from the University of Michigan. The opera production will be presented on an outdoor stage in the Brancaleoni Castle's main courtyard. Students are required to arrive at the festival memorized and ready to start rehearsals and coachings on the first day of the festival.
All students cast in the chorus of Gianni Schichi will also have the opportunity to perform in the opera scenes production, which will be performed at the Brancaleoni Castle. The opera scenes will be directed by Howard Watkins from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and directed by internationally acclaimed staging director Jeffrey Buchman. The opera scenes program provides students a chance to work one-on-one with one of the world's most renowned vocal coaches and directors. Students will be notified of scene assignments two months prior to the festival start date. Students are required to arrive at the festival memorized and ready to start scene rehearsals and coachings on the first day of the festival.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE, DICTION & CULTURE CLASSES Interactive learning modules focusing on Italian language, diction, IPA and culture will be provided by the instructors of the Scuola Arte e Cultura Appennino, totaling approximately 33 hours of instruction. Each instructor is a certified professional with a minimum of a Master's degree in Italian language studies who specializes in teaching Italian to non-native speakers. Each learning module will focus on a specific topic which will accumulate in a hands-on activity, including making your own pasta and pizza, going shopping at the local market, and more!
COLLABORATIVE PIANO PROGRAM
Students in the collaborative piano program will receive collaborative instruction from Howard Watkins (Metropolitan Opera in New York), and solo piano lessons from Stijn De Cock (Florida State University). This unique combination of solo and collaborative instruction will allow for piano students to improve and foster their piano technique and playing ability, while acquiring or improving their ability to accompany, coach, and run voice and opera rehearsals in a dynamic, challenging, and intense 3-week program.
A voice student's typical day at the festival:
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HOW TO APPLY
Click here to apply to the 2017 BIMF Voice Studies Program
All applicants are requested to submit a recent video or audio recordings that comprise 3 contrasting works representative of the student's current level and ability. The selections have to include: one aria from an oratorio or opera, one art song in Italian, and one additional “light” work from operetta or musical theatre. Recordings have to be available for viewing on an online streaming website, such as YouTube. If a student is unable to upload their recordings, please email the festival directly for instructions on how to submit your recordings. All applicants should send recordings for their application to be considered complete and appropriately processed.
COLLABORATIVE PIANO TUITION
Includes lessons, coachings, daily Italian language classes, masterclasses, concerts, practice facilities, presentations, day trips, transportation from and to the Bologna airport and concert venues. Full tuition payment is due by May 1st, 2018.
Includes private lessons, collaborative coachings, daily Italian language classes, masterclasses, concerts, practice facilities, day trips, transportation from and to the Bologna airport and concert venues. Full tuition payment is due by May 1st, 2018.
Three week stay in fully equipped student apartments (kitchen and washing machine available). To be paid during the first week of the festival.
Deposits are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit the deposit within one week of admission notification. Accepted deposits or full tuition payments formally guarantee student participation in the festival. The deposit amount will be credited towards tuition.