Spoleto Study Abroad’s String Program seeks to broaden students’ appreciation for music and its relationship with the greater world. The program focuses primarily on the study of chamber music, and refining the technical foundations necessary for doing so. Through performance classes and group lessons, students become more aware of themselves and their surroundings by seeing how certain precise techniques and personal habits are paralleled in the other artistic disciplines.
Faculty Lead: Niccolo Muti, Artistic Director of Incontri Musicali
CORE PROGRAM COMPONENTS
- Chamber Music
- Group Technique Class
Chamber Music: Chamber music is the primary focus of Spoleto Study Abroad string students. Group assignments are based on the recording submitted during the application process and are arranged according to individual playing levels. Every effort is made to arrange compatible groups.
Group Technique Class: Students meet once a week as a group to strengthen their understanding of certain basic principles of string playing. Together, they focus on various topics such as score reading, body awareness, chamber music technique.
Performance Opportunities: All students have the opportunity to share their progress in performance classes four times throughout the program’s duration. During these classes, each student speaks about the work that they are doing in Spoleto. All chamber music groups perform in Spoleto Study Abroad’s final concert.
Individual Lessons: Students have the option to take twice-weekly private lessons where they can tackle solo or chamber music repertoire.