FOUNDER'S LETTER >>
I am delighted to know that you are interested in Assisi Performing Arts. I would like to invite you to Assisi Performing Arts 2019, our nineteenth consecutive summer in Italy. Please join us from June 30 - July 18, 2019 for nearly three weeks of performances throughout St. Francis’ hometown, a city rich in music and culture.
Each year, musicians converge upon the medieval town of Assisi, Italy to produce world-class vocal and chamber music. Assisi Performing Arts consists of two divisions: vocal and instrumental. Each division boasts outstanding performers and renowned faculty, yet we believe the strength of our program resides in the synergy between programs.
Vocalists enjoy performing diverse repertoire, exploring opportunities and careers in sacred music, collaborating with chamber musicians, and singing genres ranging from opera to musical theater to major choral works. As a result, Assisi Performing Arts offers hands-on experience in crafting a musical career that is deeply satisfying yet alternative to the conventional, perhaps starry-eyed, notion of opera stardom.
Instrumentalists benefit from a chamber music program featuring musicians from orchestras across the United States and abroad, as well as faculty from reputable universities and conservatories. Chamber musicians contribute to the program with their own repertoire recommendations while challenging themselves with lesser known and new works.
An intensive schedule of performances in a collegial environment means that participants of all skill levels grow musically as individuals and as members of an ensemble. And the encouraging atmosphere cultivated by Assisi Performing Arts makes it the perfect place to try out new musical genres. Indeed, many of our musicians supplement their “traditional” careers – although “traditional” is a term we are striving to redefine – with styles of music they first encountered in Assisi.
Add in master classes, performances, lectures, and our prominent faculty, and we believe Assisi Performing Arts is unrivaled. We pride ourselves on artistic integrity and the breadth and depth of musical experiences that we offer. Above all, we truly value an encouraging atmosphere, welcoming newcomers while inspiring old friends to return time and again.
Assisi Performing Arts is a program unlike any other – European, American, or otherwise. Please take a few moments to peruse our website with information and discover world-class music and summers with Assisi Performing Arts.
Perhaps you may be interested in attending Assisi Performing Arts as a guest or participating in our retreat. The retreat is designed as a spiritual journey which includes daily Masses, lectures, sightseeing, concerts, and exploration of St. Francis and sites related to his transformative life.
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions, or if you would like to speak with me about how you may fit into our program. I look forward to seeing and hearing you in Assisi Performing Arts 2019!
Artistic Director and Founder