Canta in Italy
From 01/06/2016 to 15/06/2016
Program for Singers - Canta in Italy 1 – 15 June, 2016 in Urbania, Italy.
A two week summer program for twelve adult amateur singers that includes Italian language and
diction, musical coaching of Italian repertoire, and stage rehearsals, and concerts. Come to Urbania
to enhance your singing and performing skills and improve your command of the Italian language.
It provides vocal training and coaching of Italian operatic repertoire with an international faculty,
and includes public concerts in historical theatres in and around Urbania. Students receive weekly
voice lessons and regular musical coaching with faculty. Elements of acting and character
development will be addressed daily.
1. Course in Italian language and cultural activities
The instructors of Scuola Italia offer an intensive language course which equips the singer with a
thorough grounding in Italian. The teachers are graduates in Modern Languages and Humanities
and highly skilled in modern teaching methods of Italian as a foreign language.
From Monday to Friday, from 9.00 to 12.00: the course consists of grammar, conversation, listening
comprehension, lexical and phonetic development, diction lessons, reading and translating texts of
operatic arias. Throughout the group lessons, the students' progress will be carefully monitored.
The course includes:
- Teaching material
- Information on the city and its surroundings
- Visits to the following cities of art:
• Guided cultural tour of URBINO, Urbino is a stunning Italian city with beautiful
Renaissance architecture. It is the birthplace of the exceptional painter Raphael. The Ducal
Palace in Urbino was the famous court of Duke Federico II of Montefeltro. Today the Palace
is the National Gallery of the Marche Region.
• One day to the beach in PESARO (hometown of G. Rossini), where the prestigious lyrical
event, the Rossini Opera Festival, is held annually.
2. Course in Vocal Studies and Performance
What the course offers:
• One hour of private voice lessons per week with international artist-teachers
• Accompanists available for voice lessons and individual rehearsal
• Individual and ensemble musical coaching on song and operatic repertoire with international
• maestri, at least two periods per week
• Daily staging rehearsals of your Italian Repertoire to be performed in concerts
• Audition training, general stage technique, and acting for two or more sessions per week
• Practice rooms available Monday through Saturday.
3. Accommodation in apartment in double room or with host family.
- Accommodation in apartment: the kitchens and bathrooms are shared by all flat mates. All
flats are provided with bed linen, towels, pottery, cutlery, kitchenware, hairdryer, television
and iron. Utility costs are included.
- Accommodation with host family: single or double room, half board (breakfast & dinner).
The school also provides assistance to the students in arranging travel within Italy (hints for
residence permits, car and bicycle hire, taxis). Whatever your problem, we will be here to help you.
4. Concert Appearances
During the course, public concerts will be performed in the region of Pesaro Urbino. Recent venues
were the Castello Brancaleoni in Piobbico, Museo Diocesano in Urbania, Chiesa Santa Veneranda
in Fermignano, Chiesa di San Francesco in Mercatello, the beautiful and historic Teatro Bramante
in Urbania, and the Vatican in Rome (San Pietro Cathedral). The singers receive additional
rehearsals and coachings for these performances. A dinner party will be offered to singers and staff
after the last concert.
The two week program begins June 1st, 2016 (arrival date) and continues through June 15th. The
program includes (1) Italian Language, (2) Vocal Studies and Performance, (3) Accommodation and (4) Concert Appearances. The total cost of the program is:
2150 Euros – Includes accommodation in apartment, double room.
2400 Euros – Includes accommodation with a host family, single or double room, half board.
For non-singers who only wish to take the course in Italian language and cultural activities, the cost of the program is:
1900 euros – Accommodation in apartment, double room.
2150 euros – Accommodation with a host family, single or double room, half board.
To apply: mail the completed application form together with the names of two arias that you are prepared to work
on during the program and a photo to Mirela Ungureanu-Biser at email@example.com before March 1, 2016.
Late applications will be accepted only if space permits.
After notification of acceptance into the program: students must pay the tuition by March, 1.
Once the tuition has been received, the school will send confirmation of registration including the
name and the address of the accommodation.
Payment should be submitted by:
Beneficiary Bank Banca Popolare di Ancona
Beneficiary Bank Address Via Roma, 24 - 61049 Urbania (PU) ITALY
Beneficiary Account 54 - ABI 5308 - CAB 68690
Beneficiary Name Scuola Italia
Beneficiary Address Via Guido Rossa, 1- 61049 Urbania, (PU) ITALY
International Code IBAN: IT 63 C 05308 68690 0000000000 54
SWIFT CODE: BLOPIT22
Students will be refunded if the program is canceled.
Fees will not be reimbursed to students who cancel a course or who withdraw early. In such
circumstances, however, a student may attend a course at another time, or transfer this right to a
The summer program is located in scenic Urbania which is in the Province of Pesaro e Urbino in the
Italian region Marche, located about 80 km west of Ancona and about 40 km southwest of Pesaro.
Mirela Ungureanu-Biser, soprano, is the voice and piano instructor at Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte, NC, USA. She enjoys teaching and brings in a performer's perspective while doing so.
She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera and Music Theatre from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She graduated her degrees with honors and has also completed additional studies with the well known singers Kallen Esperian and Luis Ledesma.
She was awarded second place in the Orfeo Competition and has also enjoyed participating in master classes with Peter Mark and Sherrill Milnes.
Professor Mirela Ungureanu-Biser also performed with Opera Memphis and Opera Carolina in addition to teaching at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN; John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL; Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL; and Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, IL.
Corina Kiss, pianist, holds a degree in piano as well as a Doctorate in Musicology from the National University of Music in Bucharest.
She is a professor of piano at the Volkhochschule in Düsseldorf. She has also been the accompanist at the Opera House in Brasov, Romania for several years and in Germany is always in demand as an accompanist and coach for master courses in Germany.
She was awarded second place in the Haricleea Darclee piano competition in Romania as well as second place in the Composition contest of Siegburg, Germany.
Professor Corina Kiss also performs as a solo pianist and with other musicians for recitals in Germany, Romania, Austria, Italy, Spain and USA.