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Music & Performing Arts Program: Renaissance in the XXI Century (Florence, Italy) (summer)
Florence, Italy
Terms: Summer

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 01-MAR-2016 
Variable 16-MAY-2016 25-JUN-2016
Summer 2017 01-MAR-2017** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Study Abroad staff for details.

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Quick Facts:

 Program Types:
Study Center for U.S./Intl Students
 Areas of Study:
 Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
 Minimum Class Standing (at program start):
2 - sophomore
 Course Prerequisite(s):
Students must be Music majors OR have a solid background in music
 Open to students from:
 Language(s) of Instruction:
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
6 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
6 Weeks

Program Information:


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  • Performance Studies in Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, and Piano (however, all instruments and voice will be considered)

  • Elective course in Music History of the Renaissance

  • Optional (NO CREDIT) course: "Italian for the Musician"
  • 6 weeks - 6 credits
  • CU and Italian instructors; all courses in English
  • Lessons, chamber music, and performances in Florence and at the Alba Music Festival in Piemonte!

  • Make the Renaissance city of Florence your home for 6 weeks! Most weekends free for travel in Italy.

Click here to visit the Florentia Consort website with additional information, including course details, audition requirements and more.


Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 367,569 inhabitants (1,500,000 in the metropolitan area). The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the richest and wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

The city boasts a wide range of collections of art, especially those held in the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi. Florence is arguably the last preserved Renaissance city in the world and is regarded by many as the art capital of Italy. It has been the birthplace or chosen home of many notable historical figures, such as Leonardo Da Vinci and many more.


In Florence, you will be living in double occupancy rooms in shared student apartments, located throughout the city. In addition to the rent charge, electricity, water and wifi internet service are included in the program fee. Housing will be arranged for you and ready upon your arrival.


You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Italy and back. The program officially begins in and ends in Florence. All transportation to required program activities and field trips within Italy is included.



The Music and Performing Arts Program, "Renaissance in the XXI Century," is an intensive 6-week, 6-credit summer Study Abroad course in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

The goal of the program is to convey the spirit and the "energy" of the Renaissance. You will enhance your artistic skills through a pre-professional experience both in class and by performing in Italian historical venues.

Our 6-credit study abroad program aims at enabling young artists to hone their artistic skills and creative energy by living and performing both in Florence (universally acknowledged as the cradle of modernity) and other Italian venues.

All courses will be taught in English by local and visiting faculty/artists, with other U.S. students as classmates.

Students will take the performance studies course (for violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, piano, and voice - although all instruments will be considered) and Music History of the Renaissance, for a total of 6 credits. An elective is available in the Italian Language for 3 additional credits.


  • The program is six weeks long, and will take place from mid-May to late June. Attendance is required for the entire six-week period. Classes are held from Monday-Thursday each week.

For information about arrival and departure, see the Program Specific Handbook.


  Renaissance Florence program University of Colorado
Course Levels

100- and 200-level courses


300- and 400-level courses



6 credits


Program Director: Antonio Artese ( & Music Director and former CU Professor: Judith Glyde (


Local excursions will be provided. A staff member, liaison to the students, coordinates all student activities. You will also receive a museum card that will provide you with free entrance to many museums and landmarks in Florence.



    • Additional scholarships may be available! Contact

    • If you apply by January 1st, you will receive $240 off the program fee!





Non-CU students should go directly to the Florentia Consort Website to apply.

All students will also be asked to fill out the Florentia Consort Application.

You can access the application here.

Application deadline: March 1st

$240 discount if application is begun by January 1st.

Audition requirements for the program: Send a video/audio link of your playing to Prof. Judith Glyde at

PLEASE NOTE: Audition repertoire should represent 2-3 contrasting styles; total no more than 15 minutes.

Program Reviews:

Callie Janet Brennan, Summer 2014 Participant
The Music History course offered was both thorough and enjoyable, the professor was wonderful and did a great job of relating music and its various styles of the art that we studied. Classes consisted of lectures and also field trips to museums, churches, and other landmarks around the city, so I didn't feel like we were constantly stuck in a classroom while being in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Classes, rehearsals, and the apartment were located in the center of town, Florence is an extremely busy city so sometimes I felt claustrophobic and just wanted some quiet, but that's just what you get with living in a city like Firenze. Interactions with locals took some time to get used to, many speak pretty good English however knowing very little Italian myself, I got very good at using charades to communicate. The people are very friendly and do their very best to be helpful.
Amelia Marie James, Summer 2015 Participant
The courses were designed in a way that allowed a fun learning environment, while also allowing students to enjoy the city and sights during free time. Florence is an amazing city that is full of culture, art, and food that is wonderful to explore. It was hard to find true locals in the city, with all the tourists around, but when we encountered them, the experience was very rewarding and valuable. The excursions were always unique and exploratory. We had a great time as a group!
Amelia Marie James, Summer 2015 Participant
Judith Glyde and Antonio Artese were amazing resources to the program. Their organization and attention to detail allowed each of us as students to have the most valuable experience musically, and culturally, as possible. The student coordinator, Lauren Piccolo was also great to spend time with. She made us all feel welcome and integrated into the full Italian experience.
Summer 2015 Participant
The courses on this program were absolutely amazing. All the teachers and professors were very dedicated and knowledgeable. The location was very relevant to the courses and ideas of the program which made the courses more fun. Being in such a tourist town, the locals were a little harder to get aquainted with, but they are very nice. We did go on excursions and these were some of my favorites parts of the program. During these trips, we would usually meet more local people.
Alice Diana Sprinkle, Summer 2015 Participant
The courses we took were really cool! The chamber music was fun, and so was Italian, but my favorite course was Music History. We got to go on field trips to several museums and historic locations around Florence to learn about the Renaissance. Our teacher was also excellent. Florence is a wonderful city! Although there are a lot of tourists, it wasn't hard to escape the busy city center and find peace and quiet. We all got to live in an apartment together, just down the street from the Duomo, which was super convenient. We got to interact with locals every day, whether it was in a market or in a cafe. We became really good friends with the owner of a cafe just down the street from Diocesano, where we took class. Since we had three day weekends, we got to go on lots of little weekend trips. I went to Sienna one week, Rome another, and then we all went to Alba to perform before hiking the Cinque Terre. It was so fun to see more of Italy than just Florence, even though Florence is really neat.
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