Juilliard at the Piccola Accademia

Juilliard at the Piccola Accademia is a weeklong, full-scholarship, intensive summer chamber music program for period instrumentalists in the Tuscan village of Montisi taught by members of the faculty of Juilliard Historical Performance. Click here to learn more about Piccola Accademia di Montisi.

We regretfully inform you that our program in 2020 is canceled. If you have submitted an application and paid the application fee, we will refund your fee. Please allow several weeks for the refund to be processed.


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 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 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, flutists, and harpsichordists.


July 12-18, 2020 (arrival date: July 11; departure date July 19)

The Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal Fellowship

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

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

  • Non-refundable application fee of $85
  • For admitted applicants: one-time, non-refundable $350 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

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.


Robert Mealy, violin and Director of Juilliard Historical Performance
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
Phoebe Carrai, cello
Sandra Miller, flute
Peter Sykes, harpsichord

Daily Schedule

Time Activity
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.


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

  • Be an advanced student or emerging professional on Baroque violin, cello, flute, or harpsichord
  • Be at least 18 years old on June 30, 2020
  • 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 by Bruce Kennedy will be provided for practice and rehearsal; string players and flute players will be expected to bring their own Baroque equipment. The pitch for the workshop is A=415.