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La Petite Bande : Summer Academy, july 13th – 26th 2015



For the first time, La Petite Bande organizes a Summer Academy on historical musical and scenic performing practice of MOZART and HAYDN, from July 13th – 26th 2015, which will take place in a beautiful old monastery outside the village of Collevecchio, 70 kilometers to the north of Rome, Italy.

The Academy will be led by Sigiswald Kuijken (musical performing practice) and his daughter Marie Kuijken (scenic performing practice). Every participant has the possibility to be coached individually by both of them, as well as to receive coaching on chamber music, together with other participants.

Sigiswald Kuijken      Marie Kuijken

Object of collective work during this Summer Academy will be the following masterpieces:
Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major, for Oboe, Bassoon, Violin and Violoncello Solo with orchestra
Così fan tutte (opera buffa on a libretto by Da Ponte)
At the end of the course there will be 2 public performances.

Who can participate?
Advanced students, young professionals and semi-professionals, as well as semiprofessional amateurs are all welcome at this Summer Academy. The Academy is open for SOLOISTS (1 oboe, 1 bassoon, 1 violin, 1 violoncello and 6 singers) as well as for ORCHESTRAL MEMBERS.
The summer academy is also open for passive participants who want to attend rehearsals or classes.

The La Petite Bande Summer Academy offers the opportunity to young singers to perform as soloists in the following roles:
• Fiordiligi (soprano) • Dorabella (soprano) • Despina (soprano) • Ferrando (tenor)
• Guglielmo (bariton or bass)
• Don Alfonso (bariton or bass)
Aim for the singers, is to create a historically inspired mise-en-espace, using acting style and techniques as they were common in the 18th century, including thorough study of the text (rhythm of the language, structure of the text, light and shadow in the words and syllables, personality of the characters and their relationships) as well as of the use of the body, according to contemporary sources and literature. Thus a performance will be created in which musical aspects and style of acting will form a harmonic unity. Singers will act in front of the orchestra, using a minimum of support such as clothing and accessories.
Circa 25 instrumental participants can be invited to take part in the project:
• 2 flutes
• 2 oboes (one also as a soloist in The
Haydn Sinfonia Concertante)
• 2 clarinets
• 2 bassoons (one also as a soloist)
• 2 horns
• 2 trumpets
• 4 first violins (one also as a soloist,
and possibly also concert master)
• 4 second violins
• 3 violas
• 3 cellos (one also as a soloist)
• 2 double basses
• 1 harpsichord (for the opera
recitatives, and also for accompanying individual master classes and chamber music)
• timpani
Orchestra sessions will be led by Sigiswald Kuijken, and themes as intonation, bowing, balance, phrasing etc. will be discussed and practiced during this time.

The individual master classes are held by Sigiswald Kuijken and Marie Kuijken. Participants are free to bring their own repertoire and questions to their individual master classes, and to attend other participants’ master class sessions.
Chamber music sessions and/or master classes can be organized among participants, using the two harpsichords and fortepiano available.
In the evenings, some lectures will be held by Sigiswald and Marie Kuijken on specific subjects.

Summer academy fee
The Summer Academy Fee is 300 euro for all participants. For the soloists (singers and instrumentalists) there is one individual master class session included in this fee. In this session they will work on their role or solo-part in Così Fan Tutte or the Sinfonia Concertante. These sessions are also open for the other participants to attend.
Next to the collective sessions with Sigiswald Kuijken (for the instrumentalists) and Marie Kuijken (for the singers), every participant can choose to have an (extra) individual master class session with Sigiswald or Marie. The price per session for Summer Academy participants is 60 euro. Every individual master class session is open to all participants to listen.
Sigiswald and Marie Kuijken will also lead chamber music master class sessions if requested by participants (60 euro per session per group).
The summer academy is also open for passive participants who want to attend rehearsals and individual classes of the instrumentalists and singers. Non-Academy participants can also join the group to have one or more individual sessions (85 euro each).

Summer Academy fee
300 euro (including one individual master class session for soloists)
Individual masterclass
60 euro (Academy participants)
85 euro (non-Academy participants)
Chamber music masterclass
60 euro per masterclass session per group
Passive participation
75 euro per day
35 euro per day (student reduction)


The participants will stay in the “Convento S. Andrea” where all the activities will also take place; this is a beautiful old monastery at a 7 minute walk from the village of Collevecchio in the Sabine hills, 70 km to the north of Rome, in Italy. This stay is on a
full board basis including the room
of your choice and three meals in
the authentic Italian style, as well as drinks during the meals (local wine or water). Other drinks can be bought at the bar.
More information:
The rooms
• There are 8 smaller rooms for 60 euro/night (meals included). These are the old cells of the monks and they share a common bathroom in the corridor.
• The other rooms are bigger, with a private bathroom, shared with
1 other participant. The price for such a shared room is 60 euro per person per night (meals included).
• There also is the limited possibility to have a private bigger room, with bathroom, for 85 euro per person per night (meals included).
• Passive participants can contact us for accommodation if they need it, and will receive a room if it is still available, or else be helped to find accommodation near to the convento.
Please let us know your preferences and we will try to give everyone their choice. Full board for 13 nights starts from 780 euro, depending on the kind of room you prefer.
Getting there
From Rome – Fiumicino airport,
there is a direct train (Local train in direction of ORTE to the station of Collevecchio).
From there you will be collected by car. Arrival is on July 13th, by preference between 16h00 and 21h00. The master class starts in the morning on July 14th at 10h00.

How to enroll for the master class?
Applications are open from now on. If you are interested to participate, please contact us as soon as possible and send a ca.10-minute recording:
• For the instrumentalists:
two classical pieces with a different character, on period instruments
• For the singers: one recitative (secco or accompagnato) and one air from the classical period.
If your application is accepted, we will ask you to pay a deposit of 300 euro. By this advance payment you confirm your participation. The total amount has to be paid before 10th of June.
To apply for the master class, or for more information, please contact:

Annelies Roose
La Petite Bande vzw
Vital Decosterstraat 72 3000 Leuven T: +32 (0)16 230 830

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