A Collaborative Experience in Sarteano (Tuscany), Italy 

with Simon Carrington, Bronislawa Falinska and Brian O’Connell

Session I: July 19 to 26 (Musica Sacra)

Session II: July 29 to August 5 (Mixed Repertoire)

Due to the many conducting applicants each year that we are not able to accommodate with only one session, we will be opening a new second session, devoted entirely to sacred music. This session will culminate in a performance in Chiesa di San Francesco, a longstanding wish of Simon’s that the final concert be held in one of Sarteano’s beautiful churches. The second, mixed repertoire session, will conclude with a final concert in Sarteano’s architectural jewel, Il Teatro Comunale degli Arrischianti. Both sessions offer our participants the same time frames for conducting and singing, and in the Musica Sacra session, Bronislawa will offer plainchant singing, in an authentic setting. We are now accepting applications for both summer sessions!


This exhilarating and collaborative workshop has been designed for choral conductors and music educators who are interested in rehearsing and performing chamber choral music. Come join conductors from all over the world and leave inspired and refreshed. Also, we heartily welcome qualified singers who are interested in attending the workshop in a non-conducting capacity; that love to sing in a chamber group environment and/or are specifically looking to learn rehearsal and conducting techniques.


There are three possible tiers of participation: Full Conductor, Conducting Auditor, and Singer. Up to two graduate credits are available through The Boston Conservatory. 


Full Conductors – Daily podium time to conduct your assigned piece in Simon Carrington’s daily 4.5 hour Master Class. 


Conducting Auditors – You will have a private filmed lesson with Simon and rehearse/conduct in the morning session. Over the course of the week, two Conducting Auditors are chosen to conduct a piece in the final concert from the morning repertoire. 


EVERYONE sings – the master class uses the entire workshop ensemble as its laboratory, so everyone receives the benefits of each day’s master class with Simon. 


Each day, the afternoon session will consist of Master Classes with Simon. This year we are again delighted to offer a Q&A/Dialogue session with Simon. 

The first morning session consists of group Vocal Pedagogy with Bronislawa Falinska (utilizing the Rohmert Method of Functional Voicetraining) exploring new and unique ways to create personal and ensemble sound. The second morning session with Brian O’Connell deals with developing a vital chamber choir emphasizing effective rehearsal strategy.


Come celebrate the 11th consecutive year of Simon, Broni and Brian working together in Sarteano! For a detailed description of the workshop, testimonials from our alumni, and an online application form, please visit our website.

Contact: Gail Leicher + 1 781.652.0158 

Looking forward to seeing you in Tuscany! 

Best wishes,


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