Dolomiti Choral Festival
July 7 – 15, 2018
Aidan Oliver – Conductor
J. David Jackson – Conductor
Music Academy International has gained a world-wide reputation for artistic excellence. Under the guidance of world-renowned conductors, participants will perfect a major work from the choral cannon, and perform along with the MAI Festival Orchestra.
During their residency, singers are provided with extensive time to rehearse, and share musical ideas in an international atmosphere, where choral singers from different countries and cultures come together to develop their artistic perspective and to share their musical ideas and talents. Your days will be filled with enriching musical rehearsals, gorgeous mountain landscapes, amazing food, and engaging conversation. Since you will be part of one of the finest festivals in Northern Italy, your evenings will be free to attend performances that include; fully staged opera and Broadway productions, chamber music, orchestra concerts, and recitals by world-class artists.
CONDUCTORS – Aidan Oliver is the Director, Philharmonia Voices; Guest Director, BBC Symphony Chorus, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, and Huddersfield Choral Society. J. David Jackson recently conducted the new Richard Jones production of Hansel and Gretel for the Metropolitan Opera. Other conducting credits at the MET include Simon Boccanegra, starring Placido Domingo in the title role, and The Queen of Spades. He conducted Handel’s Messiah with the Gulbenkian Symphony in Lisbon, concerts with the Prague Symphony Orchestra featuring soprano Deborah Voigt, and is the Music Director of Music Academy International. James Slimings is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Musical Director of Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society, Glasgow Caledonian University Chorus, and The Hadley Court Singers. He was also the Alexander Gibson Fellow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Who – The Dolomiti Choral Festival is intended for amateur choral enthusiasts, church musicians, and school music teachers that have a passion for choral singing, travel, great food & wine, and enjoy art, history, and architecture.
Area – The festival takes place in one of the most gorgeous areas of Europe, the Italian Dolomites. Located only 90 minutes northwest of Venice, the Dolomites are an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The majesty and beauty is unparalleled, and the area provides a perfect place to conveniently explore Italy, Austria, and Germany. Most guests combine their time with a vacation to visit such historically rich cities as Venice, Verona, Florence, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. Or they take a short train ride to Rome to complete their stay in Italy. If travel, music, great food and wine, art, history, and architecture are your idea of a perfect trip, there simply is not better way to spend your summer vacation than with Music Academy International.
Application – Participants are accepted by filling out the application at the bottom of this page and submitting it to MAI. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2018.
Fees – Participants in the Dolomiti Choral Festival pay a program fee of $1,695. Your fee includes hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, an opening-night party, all registration and music fees, and private coach transportation from Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) in Venice.
- Nearby Cities Include: Venice, Salzburg, Verona, Innsbruck, Munich.
- Hiking and Biking in the Dolomites.
- Cable car trip to Refugio di Tognola for breathtaking views and a delicious meal.
- Cable car trip to Rifugio Rosetta located on one of the highest peaks in the Dolomites.
- Hiking trip to visit a cheese-making farm.
- Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in the Arena di Verona; 300 singers, actors, live camels! A musical extravaganza!
- Shopping in San Martino di Castrozza, the oldest skiing resort in the Alpine region.
- Water Canyoning in Val Noana with renowned Alpine guides.
Click the button below to submit an application for the Dolomiti Choral Festival.