• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• Undergraduate Students - 2.5 cumulative GPA; Graduate Students - 3.25 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to all degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students at a U.S. institution, in any major, including non UW-Madison students.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing



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Program Duration

Summer: mid-May - mid-June (four weeks)

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2016  12/4/2015

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Italy, Florence
UW Music in Italy

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This seminar is designed for both music majors and non-music majors, graduate students as well as undergraduates, and students not only from UW-Madison but also from institutions throughout the United States. Its goal is to realize through its curriculum the three-way collaboration of composer, performer, and audience that embodies the complete process of musical creation, and to do so in such a way as to enrich the experience of all.

You will have the opportunity to explore music in Florence, Italy, in the midst of one of Europe's most important festivals. Florence is a city renowned not only for its treasures of visual art and architecture, but also for the music of its composers, from Landini to Dallapicolla and Berio.

During the months of May and June, Florence's annual festival of music, the Maggio Musicale, features performers renowned worldwide in concerts that include music from chamber works to grand opera. The ongoing Florentine musical season continues into July and includes the programs of organizations from the Orchestra della Toscana to Tempo Reale, often featuring the newest European music -- works rarely if ever heard in the United States.

The working studios and living quarters will be in the heart of the city. During the four weeks of the seminar, under the direction of UW-Madison Professor of Composition, Stephen Dembski, you will concentrate on the interpretation and composition of new music, serving -- according to your interests and abilities -- as performers, composers, or critical listeners, offering suggestions, as well as your fresh impressions of the music as it takes shape. Thus, you will work as originating artists, as interpretive artists, and as active audience members, forming a complete musical society.

Not sure where Florence is? See it on a map here.