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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 20-MAY-2017 01-JUL-2017

** 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, guitar, and piano - although all instruments will be considered) and Music History of the Renaissance, for a total of 6 credits. An optional Italian course, "Italian for the Musician", is availalbe for no (0) credit.


  • 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 CU Professor: Charles Wetherbee (


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.





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

$250 discount if application is begun by January 1st.

Audition requirements for the program: Send a video/audio link of your playing to Professor Charles Wetherbee at

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

Program Reviews:

Summer 2015 Participant
Courses- The Courses that are offered with this program were very interactive. In our History class and Italian class we were able to go around Florence and go to museums or order coffee. It was a very hands on learning process which was so fun to do. Location- The location that we were located was literally a block from the Duomo. We were in the middle of this incredible city, and we got to experience living in Italy as a musician. Interactions with locals- Don't be too worried about your Italian because everyone speaks english, but advise you to learn basic italian so you can at least try and converse with locals in the vernacular. Excursions- On the weekends that you are free you can go where ever you want. You can take a train to the beach or even go out of the country!
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!
Brooke Murray, Summer 2015 Participant
This program was amazing! It was the perfect balance of course work and free time to experience the culture of Italy and travel. This program offered the opportunity to study with amazing musicians and perform in beautiful venues. We all lived in one apartment, giving us the opportunity to cook together and practice or jam whenever we wanted. Living on our own also gave us the ability to go out and interact with locals, by the end of the trip Florence really became home and we felt like locals! I loved this program, it is the perfect balance for a serious musician who wants to truly experience the fun of the Italian culture.
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.
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.
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