MSU College of Music in Todi, Italy
Master Classes for Clarinet, Voice, and Piano at the Centro Studi Carlo
della Giacoma in Todi, Italy
May 29-June 19,
Sponsored by the
College of Music
the Office of Study Abroad (OSA)
What's this program about?
entails three weeks of intensive master classes for clarinetists,
vocalists, and pianists. Students will study and perform master works
for clarinet, voice, and piano including such works at Brahms Sonatas
(see “What can I study?” for complete repertoire list). In addition to
listed repertoire for clarinet, voice, and piano, students will also
study solo and chamber music including some works of Carlo Della Giacomo.
classes are also part of the program as well as excursions to such
places as Rome, Orvieto, Cortona, Gubbio, and Perugia.
Where does it take place?
The master classes
are organized by Centro di Studi Carlo Della Giacoma, a cultural
institute located in Todi, in the region of Umbria, said to be one of
the most exciting and historical regions of Italy. The co-founders of
the institute are the community of Todi, the province of Perugia,
important artists, professors, researchers and family members of the
late Carlo Della Giacoma. Carlo Della Giacoma (1858-1929) was a leading
performer of his generation and was principal clarinet at La Scala opera
in Milan. He was also a noted composer, musicologist, and conductor.
He wrote a clarinet method, chamber music, and sonata repertoire for
clarinet and piano, clarinet and voice and orchestral works as well as
solo works for piano and other woodwind instruments. Todi is
self-contained in location and very easy to navigate on foot.
All of the master
classes, concerts, language classes and practice facilities will be
housed in the historical Palazzo Vignola. The architecture is
world-renowned and a historical site often studied in Art History
What can I study?
study and perform standard clarinet/piano sonata repertoire, piano four
hands and vocal/piano/clarinet chamber works, as well as solo repertoire
and chamber music for clarinet, voice, and piano. Students will also
study and perform selected solo and chamber works of composer Carlo
Della Giacomo. Clarinetists will study contemporary techniques, such as
circular breathing, multiple articulation, orchestral excerpts, practice
techniques, and the concertos of Mozart, Nielsen, and Copland
In addition to the
clarinet/piano repertoire listed below, pianists will study solo piano
repertoire as well as piano four hands.
repertoire may include, but is not limited to:
Brahms, Sonata, Opus 120 No. 1, f minor
Brahms, Sonata opus 120 No. 2, Eb major
- Carlo Della
Giacoma, Cavalleria Rusticana Fantasia, Op.83
- Carlo Della
Giacoma, Tosca, Op. 171
Debussy, Premiere Rhapsodie
Mendelssohn, Concertstuck in d minor
Mendelssohn, Concertstuck in f minor
- C.Saint Saens,
Sonate, Op. 167
Repertoire may include but is not limited to:
Schubert-Shepherd on the Rock
Clemenzo di Tito mezzo aria
will be selected to suit voice type in conjunction with voice faculty
Students will have
a daily language class devoted to Italian musical language study as well
as daily Italian conversational study. The local language institute in
Todi, La Lingua La Vita, will provide instruction and cooperates with
the Centro Studi.
All students will
be required to enroll for a minimum of three (3) credits from the
following MSU courses:
Topics in Music
Topics in Music
Topics in Music
Course prerequisites may apply; see
(on the MSU Website) or program leader for details.
are the requirements?
The program is
open to outstanding undergraduates and graduate students in the Doctor
of Music (DMA) and Master of Music (MM) programs who have extensive
music education and experience in their given instrument.
All students must
be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at least
2.00 at the time of application. Meeting this minimum grade point
average does not, however, guarantee admission.
be selected by professors in the appropriate major and/or instrument.
While the program
is intended for students from the MSU College of Music, students from
other universities may also apply.
participation may be denied or their participation approval may be
revoked if their conduct before departure raises doubts as to their
suitability for program participation.
Where will I live?
Students will live
in Todi – a charming, authentic Italian town. They will be housed in
apartments within walking distance to the Palazzo Vignola (see history
below). There will be no need for transportation in the town as
everything is accessible by foot. The Centro Studi will make
arrangements for bus and car transportation for the excursions.
The existing name
of the palace, originally called Landi Corradi, derives from the
architect of the portal and the courtyard, Jacopo Barozzi from Vignola,
who made them in the 16th century. In 1712, Bishop Filippo A. Gualtieri
bought the Palace and started to renovate it in order to move the
ecclesiastic seminary there.
In 1720 the
renovation was completed. The Church of "Nunziatina" became part of the
definitive structure. Palazzo Vignola has today become a splendid
congress centre equipped to host business conventions, exhibitions, gala
evening, celebrations and weddings. 3500 sq m divided into 3 floors
(each measuring about 1000 sq m), panoramic roof terrace, 22 rooms in
total, out of which 7 are large reception salons, 8 medium-size rooms,
offices, a grand reception hall and a bar that opens into the splendid
internal open-air courtyard. The Palazzo lies 100 m away from the main
square in Todi and 5 m from the Romanesque cathedral
Who can tell me more about this program?
Professor Richard Fracker
College of Music
107 Music Practice Building
Phone: (517) 353-4489
Fracker is associate professor of voice (tenor) and Area Chair
of Vocal Arts at the Michigan State University College of Music. Prior
to joining the MSU faculty in September 2003, Fracker performed
regularly in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world,
including ten seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera (MET) and more
than 160 performances. Known for his versatility both vocally and
dramatically, he enthusiastically explores both traditional and
contemporary repertoires ranging from Britten and Beethoven, to Verdi
and Philip Glass. Some of Fracker's MET performances include Madama
Butterfly, The Gambler, Turandot, Moses und Aron, and Die Frau
ohne Schatten, as well as the leading tenor role in Philip Glass'
The Voyage. He has appeared several times in Texaco’s “Live
from the MET” national radio broadcasts. Recent international credits
include Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca in Norway as well as
gala concerts in Norway and China. Fracker most recently appeared in
concert singing Mahler’s challenging Das Lied von der Erde with
the Pueblo Symphony (Colorado.) Career highlights include world debuts
of Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox and Orphee, as well as
Fracker’s Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor lead in Glass’s demanding
Civil Wars. He has performed leading tenor roles in Spain, Italy,
Norway, and Iceland, and with companies throughout the United States.
Fracker has participated in the prestigious Spoleto Festival (Italy) and
the Saito Kinen Festival (Japan) and has worked with such illustrious
conductors as James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Carlos Kleiber, Nello Santi,
Valery Gergiev, and Marco Armeliato.
Professor Caroline Hartig
College of Music
218 Music Practice Building
Phone: (517) 355-7645
Hartig is an acclaimed clarinet soloist and recording artist
and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and has
appeared with orchestras and contemporary-music ensembles in major
concert halls including Carnegie Hall (where she also made her solo
debut), Merkin Concert Hall, and the Fritz Reiner Center for
Contemporary Music and Symphony Hall (Boston). She has performed as a
guest artist for the International Clarinet Association and has been
heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. She may be
heard on the compact disc Clarinet Brilliante (Centaur Records
2572) honored as a “Critics’ Choice” by the American Record Guide
declaring; “Hartig dazzles with numbing, blazing fluidity and rich,
luxuriant fervor…coiled virtuosity.” In an Overview of Woodwind
Recordings, ARG cited Clarinet Brilliante as one of the “best
of the best” for the performance of clarinet recital literature: “For
some sweet-sounding barnburners, Caroline Hartig weaves a spellbinding
recital.” Her compact disc Clarinet Brilliante II (Centaur
2808) was praised by American Record Guide noting, “The playing
is mastery itself…Widely recognized and sought after for numerous
new-music collaborations, Hartig has premiered and performed solo
clarinet works by leading contemporary composers including
Pulitzer-Prize winners William Bolcom and Donald Martino. She can be
heard on the compact disc Dancing Solo (Innova 512) featuring
the solo and chamber clarinet works of composer Libby Larsen. “It is in
Dancing Solo that Ms. Hartig really demonstrates her musicality and
prodigious technique…simply virtuosic” (The Clarinet). Recent
residencies include a recording residency at the Banff Centre for the
Arts, in Banff, Alberta, Canada where Hartig recorded her latest compact
disc, Chalumeau (Centaur 2965). Released in 2009, Chalumeau
is comprised of benchmark contemporary unaccompanied solo clarinet works
including Bolcom’s “Chalumeau” commissioned and premiered by Hartig in
Tokyo, Japan. In demand as a master teacher and clinician Hartig has
served as a juror for performance competitions including the
International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition and is on
the clarinet faculty of the Vianden International Music Festival and
School. Hartig is currently Associate Professor of Clarinet at Michigan
State University. She is a Buffet Crampon artist and performs on the
Buffet Festival clarinet. For more information visit
Professor Deborah Moriarty
College of Music
108 Music Practice Building
Phone: (517) 353-9121
Moriarty is professor of piano and chair of the keyboard area
at the Michigan State University School of Music, where she is a
recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. A Massachusetts native,
she made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 11. She has
also served on the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory of
Music and the University of Lowell. Moriarty attended the Curtis
Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the New England
Conservatory of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree
with honors. She has studied with Russell Sherman, Theodore Lettvin, and
Beveridge Webster. An active recitalist and soloist with orchestras
throughout the eastern United States, she has also performed in Belgium,
Japan, Colombia, Mexico, and the Soviet Union. Moriarty is a founding
member of the Fontana Ensemble of Michigan, and as an advocate of new
music, has participated in numerous premiere performances including
Milton Babbitt’s “Whirled Series” at Merkin Hall in New York City. She
has recordings on the Crystal and CRI labels.
Do I need a passport or visa?
U.S. and non-U.S.
citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to
return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure
it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you
must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of
eight to ten weeks is usually required for processing. During peak
travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are
available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some
county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be
downloaded from the Web.
For more information about
passports visit the web page.
A visa is official
permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study
or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a
specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your
passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before
applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several
months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire
about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while
abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after
your study abroad program. If you are not a U.S. citizen,
consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to
learn their document requirements.
more information about
visas visit the web page.
you will be staying in Europe for longer than 90 days, you will need to
contact the consulate(s) of your host country(ies) for advice on visas.
Are there special health issues?
As part of your
acceptance you will complete a Student Health/Emergency Treatment
Authorization. It is your responsibility to ensure that your
routine immunizations are up-to-date; inquire whether there are
recommended and/or required immunizations or medications for the
country/countries you will visit (including any countries you will visit
that are not part of the study abroad program’s itinerary); and review
educational issues relevant to your personal health and safety.
For further health
information and recommendations visit the "Health
Issues" section of the Study Abroad Student Guide.
How much does it cost?
The program fee is
$2,920 and includes the following:
- some meals
- accident and
- field trips
not included in the program fee for which participants will
need to budget include:
- MSU tuition
- books and
application fees (if applicable)
immunizations (if applicable)
and fees*, these additional costs are estimated at $3,640. Students may
request a cost sheet which lists both the program fee and an estimate of
additional expenses by contacting the Office of Study Abroad at (517)
Student Accounts for current tuition, fees and taxes. MSU students
pay the same amount they would pay to study at MSU; non-MSU students pay
the Lifelong Education rate.
months before the program’s departure date, students will receive an
e-bill from the MSU Student Accounts Office for the study abroad program
fee. Students will also be e-billed for tuition and fees, based on the
number of credits taken, once they have enrolled in courses. (Both
amounts may be billed at the same time.)
How can I get help to pay for it?
assistance is available to students who make appropriate arrangements
with the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) and MSU’s Office of Financial
If you are an MSU
student and indicate on your application that you plan to use financial
aid to pay for your study abroad experience, OSA will forward an
estimated cost sheet to the MSU Office of Financial Aid for processing.
This form will include all anticipated costs associated with the
program, including airfare.
If you are a
non-MSU student, please request financial aid from your home
university. If your university is unable to award you financial aid,
contact the MSU Office of Study Abroad to apply for loans only and you
will be provided with instructions on how to proceed.
For further information about
visit the Web page.
students applying to any credit-bearing study abroad program are
eligible for OSA Scholarships. Some scholarships are based exclusively
on academic performance; others are based on a combination of academic
performance and financial need. Requirements are listed in the
scholarship application. The deadline to apply for these scholarships
is March 1st for summer programs.
endowment from the MSU Federal Credit Union, as well as
additional resources provided through the Forest Akers Endowment, MSU
Alumni Association, the Australia-Pacific Council, Eleanor and Charles
Greenleaf Sr., Brigitte and Thomas Huff, the Georges Jules Joyaux
Memorial Fund, the Kellogg Foundation, Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo, and
contributors to the Overseas Study Endowment provide funding for these
For even more
scholarship opportunities through individual colleges or external
scholarship possibilities (including funding for Multicultural students)
visit the web page.
How do I apply?
You can apply
online or download an
be received in the Office of Study Abroad by March 1st
for summer programs. We strongly recommend that you apply early as this
program may fill to capacity prior to this deadline.
applicants is done on a rolling admission basis - that is, applications
are accepted and students are evaluated and considered for admission
throughout the academic year. Please remember that applying early and
meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee
application fee is required. Students will receive an e-bill
for the application fee that is applied to the cost of the program and
is non-refundable once a student has accepted admission into the
program. Students who have accepted admission may also be billed for a
non-refundable and non-transferable $200 deposit, also applied to the
cost of the program.
Students who wish
to withdraw their application are required to notify the Office of Study
Abroad, in writing, that they no longer intend to
Acceptance to all
programs is based, minimally, on a faculty review of your transcript and
a review of the Judicial Affairs Office records (MSU students) or Dean
of Students Reference (non-MSU students).
Details about the admissions process, pre-departure information, what to
know while you’re abroad, and information about returning home can be
found in the
Abroad Student Guide that will be sent to you with your