Dreaming your study abroad in Siena, Italy? Meet us at your campus!

This Fall our program representative Anya Maslack is participating in several Study Abroad Fairs! Find the dates out here and make sure to come and meet us when we are at your campus!

Sept. 18th - from 11am to 2:30pm
Brandeis University - GO AWAY!
Levin Ballroom, -  Usdan Student Center.

Sept. 22nd -  from 4pm to 6pm
Amherst College - Study Abroad Fair
Keefe Campus Center

Sept. 23rd  -  from 6pm to 8pm 
Mount Holyoke College - College Study Abroad Fair
Chapin Auditorium 

Sept. 24th - from 11am to 3pm
Williams College - Study Abroad Fair 
Lasell Gymnasium

Oct. 2nd - from 4pm to 6:30pm
Oberlin’s College - Annual Study Away Fair
Lobby of Peters Hall

Oct. 8th -  from 1pm to 3pm
Clark University - Study Abroad Fair
Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center at Clark University

Nov. 4th -  from 10am to  2:30pm 
Swarthmore College - Study Abroad Fair
Upper Tarble, Clothier Hall Swarthmore College’s Off-Campus Study Office

(Photo: Kara Johnson, Spring Semester 2014 student)

After a week of intensive classes with thirty students from fourteen countries, savouring everything that Siena has to offer and infusing riches both from the city and the team of professors assembled especially for this initial summer academy, the students offered the fruits of their studies in two evening concerts, with the best of the week chosen by the professors under my leadership. The aim of the week has been to derive meaning as well beauty from the music under study and to investigate the aims and intentions of a wide range of composers, but with the concentration on investigating the crafts of rhetoric and declamation used to such effect in the baroque era.

Michael Chance - 9th Summer Academy Edition


Exciting musical news at the Siena School for Liberal Arts

International star countertenor Michael Chance is holding his Summer Academy right here at the Siena School for Liberal Arts.
A Grammy-Award-winning musician of worldwide fame, Michael has recorded more than 100 albums and performed in all of the globe’s greatest concert halls. His skills as a singer are matched only by his gifts as a teacher.

Professor at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Netherlands and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, visiting professor at London’s Royal College of Music, Michael has selected the Siena School for Liberal Arts as the venue for his Summer Academy.

Valeria Indice, the Siena School’s own teacher of music, is a former student of Michael’s. She introduced Michael Chance to Miriam Grottanelli de Santi, and organized an initial musical seminar here several years ago. The summer of 2014 sees the first mature fruit of the happy collaboration between Michael Chance, Miriam Grottanelli de Santi, Valeria Indice and the Siena School staff: since the 18th of August, classrooms and corridors at the Siena School for Liberal Arts have resounded with the music of high-level voice, lute and theorbo students from diverse countries including Italy, England, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, Greece, Hong Kong and Guadalupe.

The team of teachers working alongside Michael boasts such outstanding names as lutenist Paul Beier, singers Elisabeth Priday and Lynne Dawson, pianist Rebecca Taylor, harpsichordist Iason Marmaras, and Alexander Technique instructor Fiona Tree. Harvard University musicologist Thomas Kelly enthralled listeners with his Tuesday evening lecture on the 1607 debut performance of Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”. On Friday evening, the Tartuca Contrada will open its museum and social centre to all participants of the Summer Academy, inviting them to share nothing less than a full dinner with contrada members in exchange for interludes of song. Music and conviviality—what better way to experience Siena from the inside?

Come and savor the students’ final concerto at the Chiesa di S. Maria in Portico a Fontegiusta this Saturday, 23 August at 19.00. Then be sure to return to the same church on Wednesday, 27 August at 21.15 when Michael Chance and members of his teaching staff will give their own personal concert to say arrivederci to Siena. Until next summer.

The Summer Academy with Michael Chance—a thrilling example of the Siena School for Liberal Arts’ commitment to engage the city of Siena in ongoing creative dialogue with exceptional artists from around the world.