The International Music Project is passionately devoted to creating significant musical and cultural opportunities for Italian and American students, conductors, and composers to rehearse and perform in acclaimed venues in Europe and America. The music chosen for performance represents the highest quality international repertoire written for chamber ensemble, orchestra, and wind ensemble.
The IMP “Sojourner Tour, 2024” will take place July 13-27. There will be openings in the program for a maximum of 7-8 American brass chamber players to join the tour. The week will involve a wide array of high-level musical and cultural experiences that will be unique and unforgettable, including performing and rehearsing with the wind ensembles of the Pesaro Conservatory and the Rovigo Conservatory, both highly respected schools of music. The tour is open to all advanced students 18 years of age as of July 1, 2024, who play brass instruments, but woodwinds and percussionists will be also considered.
**NOTE: EACH PARTICIPANT MUST ORGANIZE AND PURCHASE THEIR OWN OUTWARD AND RETURN FLIGHTS TO ARRIVE at the BOLOGNA AIRPORT on JULY 14. Return airport can be of your choosing but Venice or Bologna is suggested. Extension of stay in Italy is of course optional as well.
A tour fee of $2000 includes the following: 1)Train transportation between Italian cities. 2)Bilingual tour guide. 3)Medical insurance of $250,000 per person. 4)Nightly double/triple occupancy lodging at city hotel or bed-and-breakfast. 5)Some group dinners and most breakfasts in each hotel. 6)Admissions to museums and other tourist activities are NOT covered by the tuition. But guided activities as time allows will include the Medieval Plaza of and National Museum of Bologna, Padua and the University of Padua, the Rossini Museum and the Monumental Garden and Labyrinth at Valsanzibio. 7)Rehearsals and concert with the Pesaro and Rovigo Conservatory Wind Ensembles, led by an international roster of conductors that includes:
Maestro Filippo Salemmi, Director of the IMP
Maestro Michele Mangani, Rossini Conservatory
Dr. Wesley Broadnax, University of Northern Colorado
Dr. Lawrence Dale Harper, Conductor, Wisconsin Wind Orchestra
Maestro Stefano Romani, Conservatorio Franceso Venezze di Rovigo
Dr. Matthew Schlomer, Interlochen Arts Academy
Dr. Daniel Cook, Ithaca College
Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti, Stanford University
SOJOURNER TOUR, 2024 Itinerary
JULY 13, 2024 Depart USA for ITALY
**NOTE: EACH PARTICIPANT MUST ORGANIZE AND PURCHASE THEIR OWN OUTWARD AND RETURN FLIGHTS TO ARRIVE at the BOLOGNA AIRPORT on July 14
July 14—Arrival at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi International Airport. Short train ride to city center. Meet your tour guide at your hotel. Free day for sightseeing and tourist attractions such as the Pinacoteca Nazionale Museum as well as the porticos, monuments and towers of what UNESCO has defined as the best-preserved medieval centre in the world. July 15—Transfer by train to Pesaro (appr. 1.5 hours). Check into hotel. Begin rehearsals with Pesaro Conservatory Wind Ensemble.
July 16-18--Continue rehearsals interspersed with sightseeing trips to surrounding towns. Visit Rossini Museum. Beach time in afternoon.
July 19--Concert with the conservatory wind ensemble.
July 20—Transfer to Rimini or Urbino. Local guided sightseeing.
July 21—Transfer to Rovigo. Check into hotel in Rovigo. Walking tour of city.
July 22—Begin rehearsals with the Wind Ensemble of the Rovigo Conservatory, app. 3-4 hours per day.
July 23-25--Rehearsals continue with Wind Ensemble of the Rovigo Conservatory. Side trips to Padua and Valsanzibio for local sightseeing.
July 26—Short dress rehearsal in the morning then free during the day. Finale concert in the evening in the Tempio Beata Vergine del Soccorso, “La Rotunda.”
July 27—Transfer from Rovigo to airport of Venice OR Bologna (to be purchased and arranged by each student) for return to USA.
TOUR COST: $2000 in tuition
APPLICATION TIMELINE Submit by March 1, 2024 $200 deposit due by March 20 Final payment of $1800 due by April 20
Application Procedure: 1) Fill out the attached application and submit by March 1, 2024. You may either submit the form electronically by following the link below or by emailing the form to Lawrence Dale Harper at the email address provided below. 2) Attach your resume or a short written description of your achievements. 3) A letter of recommendation from a teacher addressing both your musical level and personal reliability. When you provide your teacher's name and email on the application we will contact him/her to request a letter on your behalf. 4) No application deposit is required. 5) You will be notified in early March about your acceptance (or not) into the program with a notice for you to proceed with the purchase of your own airline tickets to and from Italy. Alternates will also be announced at that time should there be later openings. 6) By March 20 all invited candidates must submit a written confirmation of acceptance along with a $200 deposit. 7) After submitting your deposit, you will receive complete detailed information about purchasing your airline tickets, rendezvous times and places, etc. 8) The remaining balance will be due by April 20 along with a copy of your airline flight itinerary for our information.
We look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to you joining us for this unforgettable experience of music, art, culture, and history. See you in Italy!
Sincerely, IMP Board of Directors
Maestro Filippo Salemmi Director of the International Music Project
Dr. Lawrence Dale Harper Conductor, Wisconsin Wind Orchestra Ldharper1@gmail.com PH: 262-327-4378
Dr. Wesley Broadnax Director of Bands University of Northern Colorado
Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti Composer and Conductor Stanford University
Dr. Daniel Cook Conductor of the Wind Ensemble Ithaca College
Dr. Matthew Schlomer Conductor of the Wind Symphony Interlochen Arts Academy
Application (due by March 1) For electronic submission go to this link: https://forms.gle/PrGKBQeMac3YJw1N7 Or fill out the form by hand, scan, and email to the address below:
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