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Monte San Savino, Italy
June 18 - July 16, 2016

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Candid Snapshop of Participants and FacultyGet ready for a unique summer program in Italy that offers training and performance opportunities in all three vocal genres: opera, art song and musical theater; a piano institute that prepares pianists for careers as soloists and collaborators; an instrumental track that offers individual lessons in violin; conducting lessons for all interested participants; and performance opportunities in all these areas.



Phoro of TorreCome to beautiful Monte San Savino in the heart of Tuscany to drink in the culture, the language and the music of the Italian tradition.

Take part in master classes and private lessons with musicians, teachers, and coaches from Italy, Argentina, and the US.  Perform in historic theatres, a medieval castle, and beautiful amphitheaters in the Tuscan towns of Monte San Savino, Cortona, and Arezzo.

Whether you are a singer, pianist or instrumentalist, join us for a month-long experience that will change your life!

Intensive Vocal Program for High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate Level Singers


  • Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI - fully staged productions (double cast) in historic venues in Monte San Savino, Castigilione Fiorentino, and Lago Tresimeno, with Orchestra “Città di Arezzo”, conducted by Maestro Romulus Gessi
  • Individual Italian diction coaching for operas with Paolo Bellocci, Maestro Collaboratore from Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence
  • Master classes with Italian Soprano and Coach, Stella Peruzzi

Music Theatre:

  • Musical Theater Boot Camp with Michael Dixon, Director of Musical Theater at Universität der Künste, Berlin
  • Evening Showcases under the stars, in Monte San Savino and Arezzo


  • Two Performances of Rossini’s STABAT MATER, conducted by Dr. Brad Pierson
  • Festival di Musica Sacra with Orchestra “Città di Arezzo”
  • Overnight excursion to Milan: Cathedral performance with organ

Art Song:

  • Performance of Italian and American art songs in historic Teatro Verdi and Gargonza Castle
  • Weekly lessons and intensive art song training with Dr. Denise Bernardini, soprano, University of Toledo, Ohio and Stella Peruzzi, Italian soprano and coach

IYAP Collaborative Piano Institute

  • Intensive training in solo and collaborative repertoire
  • Performances in historic theaters
  • Private lessons and master classes with teachers from United States and Italy
  • Solo recitals, piano ensembles, collaborative performance with instrumentalists and vocalists in Teatro Verdi and medieval Gargonza Castle.

Tentative Program Schedule

June 18, 2016: arrival, check-in and orientation
June 19–25: Music Theater Bootcamp with Michael Dixon, showcases on June 24 & 25
June 26–July 3: Art Song Festival , recitals scheduled throughout the week; Stabat Mater rehearsals and performances, July 1 in Cortona, July 2 in Milan
July 4–15: Don Giovanni rehearsals, 3 fully staged performances in Monte San Savino, Castiglione Fiorentino and Lago Tresimeno
July 16: departure








**Excursions throughout Tuscany to be scheduled throughout the 4-week period. Reservations made in advance.

Application deadline: February 15, 2016

NOTE: Program offerings subject to change

"The 2015 IYAP experience in Monte San Savino greatly exceeded my expectations and allowed me to learn and grow as a singer and interpreter of Italian music in ways I never imagined. The heartfelt dedication and energetic efforts of the IYAP program leaders resulted in a well-rounded and wonderfully challenging program, and they succeeded in their goal of providing a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience that would impact participants' music and lives for years to come."
Allison - New Jersey

"My time with IYAP allowed me to work on my technique and dramatic interpretation in a safe and familial environment with incredible technicians of the voice, and exciting performance opportunities. Being immersed in a culture different from my own, allowed me to make lasting relationships and experience unique aspects of these small towns." Charlotte - UNC

"My experience with The International Young Artist Project provided me with educationally enriching opportunities that not only furthered the development of who I am as an artist through various performance opportunities in opera and musical theater and master classes with amazing artists and teachers, but the experience influenced my personal growth. I would highly recommend this program to further your development as not only a singer, but an artist."
Jessica - Univ. S. Illinois 

“…As an incoming freshman about to begin my undergraduate career, words cannot describe how invaluable my experience with this program was. Not only was I given a tremendously incredible opportunity to explore a foreign country, but to also grow and develop as a young musician. The performing experience and enriching masterclasses helped to not only define myself as a musician, but to cultivate where I wanted to be by the end of my time as an undergrad.”
Victoria - Meredith College

"In the summer of 2014, I had the amazing opportunity to study music and culture in Sansepolcro, Italy. I was able to perform in six shows, learn Italian language and learn about different musical
composers from Italy. With hard work and dedication, we successfully performed two Italian operas, a Broadway showcase, and an Art song recital. The most breathtaking and comforting experience I had in Italy was realizing that music is eternal and universal."
Caroline - Meredith College  

"It was amazing to have my first full-fledged opera experience in Italy. I was able to perform Italian opera in the place it was invented. It was a real honor"
Meridian - Unv. of Toledo, Ohio