Programs of study

Full composition program

As a participant in the Full Composition Program, you will:

  • have YOUR music played by our professional musicians in the festival’s evening concerts held at cultural and historical sites throughout Pavia. All concerts are professionally recorded and filmed: the recordings will be shared with all the composers on the last day of the festival.

    For the 2017 edition you can submit music for:

    • string quartet;
    • piano trio (violin, cello and piano);
    • flute (piccolo, soprano, alto or bass) and guitar (classical or electric) duo with or without electronics and or amplification;
  • be mentored during the rehearsal of YOUR music. You might also be contacted by our professional players before the festival via email or Skype for a first reading of the score together;
  • attend two lectures and two public masterclasses with our guests of honor Prof. Helmut Lachenmann and Prof. Toivo Tulev;
  • attend a public masterclass with Prof. Christopher Theofanidis;
  • present YOUR music at the Composition Colloquium, a daily masterclass led by Prof. Amy Beth Kristen, Prof. Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Prof. Dmitri Tymoczko. You will receive a public composition lesson from one of them and you will receive feedbacks by all the other participant composers;
  • have private composition lessons with Prof. Amy Beth Kristen, Prof. Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Prof. Dmitri Tymoczko. You will have a private lesson with each of them, excluding the one who will give you a public lesson during your Composition Colloquium;
  • attend an intensive seminar led by Prof. Paolo Girol, topic: Sound/Image Relationships in the Context of Abstraction;
  • attend daily lectures on composition, contemporary techniques, idiomatic writing, and advanced music theory by our faculty Prof. Giovanni Albini, Prof. Amy Beth Kristen, Prof. Sarah Kirkland Snider, Prof. Dmitri Tymoczko, and by our musicologist in residence Prof. Giovanni Cestino;
  • attend intensive short workshops by Prof. Alberto Barberis, Prof. Amy Beth Kristen, Prof. Sarah Kirkland Snider and Prof. Dmitri Tymoczko;
  • attend daily lessons by Prof. Giovanni Cestino, topic: Italian for Composers and Musicians;
  • sing in the highSCORE choir conducted by Prof. Riccardo Lorenzetti;
  • be a member of the highSCORE New Music Center, and join one of the largest international networks of contemporary music, accessing new opportunities, commissions, collaboration and performances. An interview with you led by our musicologist in residence, Prof. Giovanni Cestino will be published in the highSCORE Proceedings 2018, and your biographical information will appear in our database.

You will also have access to:

  • a welcome buffet;
  • a guided tour of the city of Pavia;
  • two dinner parties;
  • all the festival’s concerts.

The tuition for the Full Composition Program is 1,799 Euros.
Tuition includes full accommodation in a shared room in the university campus from August, 6 (check-in) to August, 18 (check-out) . Each apartment is equipped with kitchen, bathroom, air conditioning, and free wireless internet connection. The facility also includes a study room, a self-service laundry, a bicycle parking area, a newly built fitness center, a beauty SPA, covered and open air pools, and a cafeteria. A roommate will be assigned to each participant, unless preference for a specific roommate is otherwise stated. A free transportation pass for city buses as well as a festival personal ID card will be provided to every participant. Our English speaking staff will be available 24 hours a day.

Not covered in tuition is airfare, passport fees, transportation to/from the festival, meals, laundry, phone charges, activities/entertainment during free periods, supplementary maid service, any insurance, etc.

 


 

Light composition program

As a participant in the Light Composition Program, you will:

You will also have access to:

  • a welcome buffet;
  • a guided tour of the city of Pavia;
  • two dinner parties;
  • all the festival’s concerts.

The tuition for the Light Composition Program is 1,299 Euros.
Tuition includes full accommodation in a shared room in the university campus from August, 6 (check-in) to August, 18 (check-out) . Each apartment is equipped with kitchen, bathroom, air conditioning, and free wireless internet connection. The facility also includes a study room, a self-service laundry, a bicycle parking area, a newly built fitness center, a beauty SPA, covered and open air pools, and a cafeteria. A roommate will be assigned to each participant, unless preference for a specific roommate is otherwise stated. A free transportation pass for city buses as well as a festival personal ID card will be provided to every participant. Our English speaking staff will be available 24 hours a day.

Not covered in tuition is airfare, passport fees, transportation to/from the festival, meals, laundry, phone charges, activities/entertainment during free periods, supplementary maid service, any insurance, etc.