The C-GAP COMPOSITION PROGRAM at Chigiana is an intensive 2-week course designed to provide extraordinary opportunities and exposure to aspiring and established graduate student composers. The program includes individual lessons, daily seminars and master classes, review and rehearsal of compositions with the ensemble in residence.
The Composition Program plans to focus on works for symphonic orchestra (38 pieces). Participants will gain firsthand experience by working directly with composer Prof. Richard Danielpour and the ensemble of young professionals Orchestra Senzaspine with the goal of premiering a new work at the end of the program. Each participant receives a professional audio and video recording of the composition they workshop during the program.
What does the program offer?
The C-GAP Summer Program is an intensive opportunity to study abroad in Siena, Italy at the world renowned Accademia Musicale Chigiana. The program is tailored towards graduate students currently enrolled at institutions of higher learning. Participants will leave the Accademia Chigiana with a professional recording of their piece and a video recording of the final concert.
Composers will participate in group lessons with the professor and rehearsals where the Orchestra Senzaspine will workshop their piece. The activities of the Composition program take place within the festival Primavera Chigiana. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the cultural outings organized amongst all Global Programs.
The composition course is led by Dean and Program Director Antonio Artese in collaboration with Prof. Richard Danielpour (UCLA). The Orchestra Arturo Toscanini (Parma, Italy) is the ensemble in residence.
Who should apply?
We invite applications from graduate students and talented undergraduates upon recommendation. If currently enrolled, applicants should be in good academic standing and have a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. International students and students from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Program is open to all students from any accredited institution of higher learning and offers space to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 students.
Program Tuition & Fees – TBA
April 1st – $500 deposit due (applied directly to program fees)
May 1st – Tuition balance due
Fees DO NOT include: travel to/from Italy, airport transfer to/from Siena, regular meals, international phone plan, optional weekend travel.
We encourage students to explore financial aid and scholarship opportunities at their home university and through external funding sources. We are available to provide additional program information to students applying for grants and scholarships.
2024 COMPOSITION PROGRAM – 2 WEEKS
COMPLETED DRAFT WORKS DUE:
MONDAY, APRIL 1st
ONLINE ORIENTATION via Zoom
TUESDAY, JUNE 11th
to be coordinated with program advisor
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12th 10 AM – 12 PM
All students MUST be present at orientation
FRIDAY, JUNE 14th 7:30 PM
WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2024 – FINAL CONCERT 7:30PM*
All students are required to attend the final concert.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th 9:00 PM
STUDENTS VACATE APARTMENTS:
FRIDAY, JUNE 28th by 10 AM
We are preparing for Summer 2024
Online Intake Form Deadline: March 1st, 2024
Draft Scores Deadline: April 1st, 2024
Program Dates: June 12 – 26, 2024
Final Concert 2019
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Quartet n. 1 “Etudes” by Anthony Constantino
Mornings are kept free of course activities. Afternoon sessions are spent in group lessons with Prof. Danielpour where the focus will be on the pieces of 2-3 composers.
All teaching is in English by local and visiting faculty/artists.
Classes are held Monday-Friday.
Prof. Danielpour will hold office hours on Friday.
Most weekends will be free of program commitments.
The C-GAP COMPOSITION PROGRAM is open to all graduate-level students from any university. Applicants must be between 19 and 40 years old as of March 1st. The program will accept a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 student composers who are either currently enrolled in graduate schools or have graduated with their bachelors degree and are in the process of applying to graduate school. Talented undergraduates are welcome to apply.
- The works chosen for this course shall be no less than 7 minutes and no more than 9 minutes in length and should be composed for orchestra.
- A complete draft of the work for orchestra that will be rehearsed and performed during the summer session must be submitted by April 30th.