Juilliard at the Piccola Accademia

Juilliard at the Piccola Accademia is a weeklong, full-scholarship, summer chamber music program for period instrumentalists in the Tuscan village of Montisi taught by members of the faculty of Juilliard Historical Performance and guest artist Skip Sempé, artistic advisor of the Piccola Accademia di Montisi.

Overview

This tuition-free workshop is an exceptional opportunity for advanced students and emerging professional musicians of period-instruments to work closely with internationally-renowned members of Juilliard’s Historical Performance faculty and harpsichordist Skip Sempé to expand their knowledge of Baroque style, ornamentation, and repertoire. 

This intensive program includes:

  • Masterclasses in solo and chamber music repertoire
  • Chamber music coaching
  • Private lessons
  • Concerts by participants and faculty

The 2018 edition will focus on the music of Handel and his High Baroque contemporaries, with a focus on historical improvisation, rhetorical delivery, and the art of creating a vivid and persuasive performance. The Academy is open to high-level Baroque string players, oboists, and harpsichordists. 

Dates

June 23-30, 2018 (arrival on June 23; departure on July 1)

Faculty

Robert Mealy, Baroque violin and viola; director of Juilliard Historical Performance
Cynthia Roberts, Baroque violin and viola
Phoebe Carrai, Baroque cello
Gonzalo Ruiz, Baroque oboe
Skip Sempé, harpsichord; artistic advisor of the Piccola Accademia di Montisi

Location and Facilities

Montisi, located about 35 km southeast of Siena, can be reached from airports in Florence (120 km), Pisa (Galileo Galilei Airport, 190 km), Perugia (Umbria International Airport, 76 km), and Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports, 210 km). Providing a charming and compact environment, Montisi has three restaurants, a pizzeria, a café, and a bar. There is also a small alimentari (grocery store), a post office, and a bank with cash machine all within a few minutes’ walk from each other. Lunches and dinners are prepared daily by a chef and served in the garden of the Castello, the Renaissance home of the Piccola Accademia. The Castello is equipped with a wifi internet connection and multiple practice areas, all of which include harpsichords from the collection of the Piccola Accademia, after 17th- and 18th-century Italian, Flemish, French, and German models made by Bruce Kennedy. Master classes and performances are given at La Cura, a Gothic church in the center of the village of Montisi. Comfortable accommodation is provided in double rooms at a local hotel and various apartments within quick walking distance of all activities. Single rooms may be provided, subject to availability, at an extra cost.

Daily Schedule

Morning Chamber music master class
Community lunch
Mid-afternoon Individual lessons and practice time
Late afternoon Chamber music coaching
Community dinner
Evening Performances and/or practice time

The week culminates with a public performance by participants.

The Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal Fellowship

Juilliard at the Piccola Accademia is a tuition-free program. If you are accepted, you will receive a comprehensive scholarship as a Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal Fellow. 

This scholarship will cover:

  • All costs of tuition, lessons, and coachings
  • Accommodation in double rooms at a local hotel or private apartment
  • Chef-prepared lunch and dinner daily

Juilliard at the Piccola Accademia is extremely grateful to Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, dedicated lovers of early music, for their generosity in supporting the program.

The only costs not covered by the Fellowship are as follows:

  • Non-refundable application fee of $50
  • For admitted applicants: one-time, non-refundable $200 registration fee
  • Transportation to and from Montisi (details provided upon acceptance)
  • Incidental and personal expenses
  • Any additional accommodation needs outside of the program dates are the responsibility of the applicant
  • There will be a supplement for single room accommodation, payable by participants and subject to availability

Eligibility

In order to be considered for Juilliard at the Piccola Accademia, you must:

  • Be an advanced student or emerging professional on Baroque violin, viola, cello, oboe, or harpsichord
  • Be at least 18 years old on June 23, 2018
  • Be available for the entire week of the program

Individual musicians and existing chamber music groups of at least three members are welcome to apply. Successful applicants are encouraged to consider Juilliard’s graduate-level, full-scholarship program in Historical Performance.

During the workshop, exceptional harpsichords will be provided for practice and rehearsal; string players and oboists will be expected to bring their own Baroque equipment. The pitch for the workshop is A=415.

Application

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Video Audition

Individual applicants for violin, cello, and oboe:

  • One solo movement by J.S. Bach
  • Two contrasting sonata movements by Handel or Vivaldi 
  • One movement of the applicant's choice from an eighteenth-century solo sonata or suite

Individual applicants for harpsichord:

  • A prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach
  • One movement from a suite by Handel 
  • Two movements of the applicant's choice from an eighteenth-century solo sonata or suite

Ensemble applicants:

  • Three contrasting movements from chamber works by Handel, Bach, or Vivaldi
  • One movement of the ensemble’s choice from an eighteenth-century chamber sonata or suite 

Video auditions must be performed on period instruments.

Timeline

All application materials are due by April 15, 2018.

Fees

$50 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Decisions and Enrolling

You will receive notice of your admissions status via email on or before April 22 and, if admitted, you will be asked for your enrollment decision by May 1.

Contact Us

If you have further questions or need additional information, please contact historicalperformance@juilliard.edu.