Festival Orchestra & Chamber Music
20th Anniversary Season
June 27 – August 2, 2020
J. David Jackson, Music Director – Metropolitan Opera
Jarek Lis, Director Chamber Music – Hartford Symphony Orchestra
The Festival Orchestra studio is designed for college students wishing to expand their knowledge of orchestral, chamber, and operatic repertoire. Participants have the opportunity to collaborate with talented young musicians from around the world and to experience the rich cultural exchange that comes from performing with musicians from different cultures and countries in a beautiful international setting. MAI provides a truly international training & performing experience of the highest quality.
At MAI our renowned faculty artists play side-by-side with the young artists in the Festival Orchestra. Through out the festival, faculty artists provide master classes, chamber music coaching, group lessons, and lead sectional rehearsals. Young artists perform orchestra concerts, chamber music recitals, and collaborate with the Opera Performance Studio for staged opera productions and galas with visiting conductors.
Festival Orchestra – The MAI Festival Orchestra is led by Metropolitan Opera conductor J. David Jackson and encompasses a full range of strings, winds, brass, and percussion, as well as collaborative pianists. In addition to orchestra concerts, the MAI Festival Orchestra will collaborate with the Opera Performance Studio on staged operatic productions. Repertoire for the Festival Orchestra Season will be announced in the fall of 2019.
Chamber Music – Recitals and chamber music concerts are an integral part of the Trentino Music Festival. Each festival orchestra participant is assigned to chamber music group that will rehearse alongside incredible faculty artists. Training includes lessons in each instrument, master classes, and chamber music coaching. Chamber music is an excellent opportunity for young players to improve performance confidence, enhance musical skills, and develop interpersonal skills within a small group. MAI takes great pride in placing individual players into groups with whom they will feel most comfortable; pre-formed chamber groups are encouraged to apply. Musical assignments are sent out in May prior to your arrival.
Collaborative Piano – At MAI the collaborative pianist is a unique part of the Festival Orchestra studio. A small and select group of pianists are provided with a personally tailored program of study in the fields of chamber music, orchestra, vocal music, and opera. Participants are offered performance classes, private coachings, as well as practical rehearsal and performance opportunities where they gain a greater familiarity with the standard vocal and instrumental repertoire, opera, and chamber music. Through this process they develop the skills needed to be professional collaborative artists. Throughout the festival, participants have a rare opportunity to work first-hand with some of the finest collaborative pianists in world today that hold prestigious positions as the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera Academy, as well as conductors from the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and other leading opera houses. Collaborative pianists must have excellent sight reading abilities.
ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTSEEING – Situated in the spectacular Primiero Valley, MAI offers the unique opportunity to train, perform, and explore in one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. Offering a full schedule of cultural and recreational opportunities, whether walking along the romantic canals of Venice, or visiting the historic Arena di Verona, to hiking and water canyoning in the Dolomites – MAI promises to provide lifelong memories.
- Venice – Verona – Lake Garda and more!!!
- Hiking and Biking in the Dolomites.
- Cable car trip to Refugio di Tognola for breathtaking views.
- 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!
- San Martino di Castrozza, the oldest skiing resort in the Alpine region.
- Water Canyoning in Val Noana with renowned Alpine guides.
AUDITIONS – Applications are available by clicking the “Apply Now!” button below. Applicants should an unlocked YouTube video with submit two contrasting selections that represent your technical and artistic abilities. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of their applications. Deposits are due within 10 days of your acceptance. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.
FEES – Tuition and housing for the Festival Orchestra & Chamber Music Studio is $2,495. A registration fee of $250 is due with your tuition deposit.