Michael Chance Countertenor



for Voice, Violin, Harpsichord, Lute and Theorbo

18th – 29th August 2015

Michael Chance invites Singers, Violin, Harpsichord, Lute & Theorbo Players, and observers to join him and his team of internationally celebrated artists and teachers in the historic city of Siena. As in the past, there will be a range of musical activity, with ample opportunity to attend classes, have private tuition, work with accompanists, perform daily, and enjoy leisure time in and around this beautiful inspiring city. Our hosts will once again be the renowned school of humanities, Siena School for Liberal Arts.


Lynne Dawson Soprano - Head of the School of Vocal Studies at RNCM, Manchester
Lynne Dawson has been one of Britain’s best loved and respected sopranos for more than thirty years. She has worked with many conductors and ensembles at the forefront of the Historical Performance movement, including the Deller Consort, the Hilliard Ensemble, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, and Trevor Pinnock, and with them made more than 80 recordings for most of the major labels. » more
Elisabeth Priday Soprano
Elisabeth Priday studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and whilst there she joined the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner. This marked the beginning of her career as a specialist in Early and Baroque music, both as a soloist and as an ensemble singer. She is a member of the Deller Consort, and has sung for Christopher Hogwood and Trevor Pinnock, and also with the Tallis Scholars. She's now keen to pass on her expertise and enthusiasm to the next generation of singers. » more
Michael Chance, CBE Countertenor - Professor at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague - Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London
In opera, oratorio, recital and in recording, Michael Chance has been singing to worldwide acclaim for over thirty years. His success has helped spread the appeal of counter-tenors, and foster the explosion of interest in baroque music. In addition, he has sung the first performances of a large body of new work by living composers. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. He received the CBE in 2009. » more
Daniel Taylor Countertenor - Head of Historical Performance at The University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, Daniel Taylor is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world. Daniel appears on more than 100 recordings which include Bach Cantatas/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner (for Deutsche Grammophone Archiv and SDG). As an educator, Daniel has offered master classes at the Beijing Conservatory, the Sao Paolo Conservatory, at the Royal Academy, the Guildhall and the Royal College of Music. The University of Toronto recently appointed Daniel Taylor to the position of Head of Historical Performance in the Faculty of Music. » more
Ian Partridge, CBE Tenor - Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London
Ian Partridge is one of Britain's leading lyric tenors. His wide repertoire 
has encompassed the music of Monteverdi, Bach and Handel, the Elizabethan lute songs, German, French and English songs and first performances of new works. He appeared regularly as soloist with major choirs and orchestras in Britain and throughout the rest of the world. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the CBE in 1992 for services to music. Ian retired from singing at the end of 2008, but continues to teach, give masterclasses and adjudicate. » more
Paul Beier Lute - Professor at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, Milan
Paul Beier graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. He has performed in Europe, North and South America and Australia as soloist, director of Galatea, member of various groups and as continuo player in orchestral and opera productions. His solo lute repertoire extends from the Italian Cinquecento to the music of Bach and Weiss. Since 1981 Paul Beier has taught lute, continuo and ensemble at the Scuole Civiche di Milano.» more
Giulia Nuti Harpsichord - Head of the Early Music dept. of Scuola di Musica di Fiesole
Harpsichordist Giulia Nuti has appeared in venues throughout Europe as a soloist and continuo player. A specialist in Italian music and treatises of the baroque, her book "The performance of Italian basso continuo" (Ashgate 2007) is cited as an essential text for performers and scholars of basso continuo. Giulia teaches harpsichord at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, where she leads the department of Early Music; she also holds a research post at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. » more
Fiona Tree Alexander Technique - Royal Conservatory, The Hague
Fiona Tree teaches the Alexander Technique programme at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Since introducing the course into the bachelor curriculum in 1999, she has taught well over a thousand students and professors, both individually and in workshops. Fiona has been teaching musicians for 30 years. She is regularly invited to give courses, workshops and master classes throughout The Netherlands and internationally. » more


Rebecca Taylor Accompanist
Born and educated in North Yorkshire, Rebecca made her concerto debut at the age of 17 performing Shostakovich's 2nd piano concerto. Under the tuition of Jeremy Young of the RNCM, she was awarded a performance scholarship to the annual Birmingham International Piano Academy in 2005 and the following year she won the Piano Academy's concerto competition. She is currently playing as accompanist for Celine Forrest, who is taking part on the Cardiff Singer of the World Competiton, currently taking place, and being shown on BBC Television, on BBC 4. » more
Iason Marmaras Keyboards
Iason Marmaras is a keyboard player, singer, and the founder and leader of the ensemble Os Orphicum. He was awarded a Master’s degree on Harpsichord (2012) under Fabio Bonizzoni and Ton Koopman; and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Music Singing (2011) under Barbara Pearson, Kees Jan de Koning, Jill Feldman, Michael Chance and Peter Kooij; at the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag, the Netherlands. » more


This year, for the first time, there will be a scheduled ensemble rehearsal each evening for an hour, as preparation for performances in the second week. Repertoire will be detailed after all applications have been submitted, in June 2015. It is hoped to work on both a capella repertoire and also with stringed instruments, using all the students on the course.


Non-residential Residential
August 18-29: €650 €1200
August 18-23: €450 €800
August 23-29: €500 €850

Non-residential prices include tuition and related activities. Residential prices further include evening meals and shared accommodation in nearby apartments. Single bedroom accommodation is available for €18 per night extra. The cost for non-participating partners, or friends, will be €75 per day, room-sharing.


We hope to offer up to ten bursaries of up to 50% to applicants in full-time education. These will be confirmed by 01/05/2015. Applications for a bursary can be made with the initial application, with an accompanying letter and a reference from a current teacher.


You are invited to send your application by 31st March 2015, using the form at the end of the page.

Please include a short biography and description of singing or playing experience. Successful applicants will then receive more details about the content of the course, and the request to pay a registration fee of €200 by 1st April 2015, by bank transfer. A second payment of €500 will be required to be paid by 1st July 2015, with the balance paid on arrival.

Siena School for Liberal Arts, Siena, Italy
9th Residential Summer Music Academy, Siena 2014
Photos from the 9th Residential Summer Music Academy, in Siena
Testimonials from the 9th Residential Summer Music Academy, in Siena
Testimonials from the 8th Residential Summer Music Academy, in Euboea

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