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Who should attend this workshop?

All levels of cellists are encouraged to attend,  from beginners to professionals and all levels in between.  All cellist age 18 or over are welcome.  Cellists under 18 may attend if accompanied by an adult.  

What is the daily schedule like?

Each day begins with a group class devoted to technical practice and theory. Students have time to practice as well and may practice in their air conditioned rooms anytime between 9:30AM and 9:30PM. Each student has 5 lessons scheduled a week. On Monday and Tuesday there are master classes where students can perform and receive additional instruction if they chose to and can learn from other’s work. Evening activities include a faculty concert and an evening of viewing historical videos as well as social opportunities for those who wish to participate.

Can you tell us more about the group class?

The group class is designed to deal with the fundamentals of cello playing, the things that apply at every level to every cello player. It is also intended to give every cellist an overview of the technical hurdles all along the way towards achieving mastery of cello technique. We all take part in basic technical exercises with participation scaled to account for different levels. We all learn from each other.

Does the fee include lodging or meals?

Yes,  housing and meals  will be provided in the renovated convent where the workshop will be held,  the Hotel Villa Santa Margherita of Cortona.  Students will receive 3 quality meals a day 5 days a week and breakfast on 2 days where sightseeing activities are scheduled.  All of our participant's rooms will be air conditioned.  

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This is our home base Hotel Villa Santa Margherita
Click on the picture to visit their homepage

What will be your covid protocols?

We will follow all CDC guidelines.  All participants are required to come fully vaccinated. All of the staff will be vaccinated and boosted.  If things take a turn for the worse in the world and travel to Italy is not safe all tuition fees will be completely refunded.

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Where do the classes and lessons occur?

Most of our activities will occur in and around the recently renovated convent in Cortona which offers a terrific facility highly suited to our needs.  See the photo above and visit their homepage!

How much does the Workshop cost?

The all inclusive cost for the  workshop is $3194 for the 2 weeks including lodging and most meals.  It will be reduced for students who find their own housing but students are encouraged to take advantage of this economical and immersive opportunity. A single week is $1597.  A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. All fees are due before June 1.

Is there a piano accompanist available and is that included in the fee?

Yes, and yes.

How can one get to the workshop?

Cortona is a major tourist destination easily accessible by train and bus. The nearest international airport is  Rome's Fiumicino airport. From there or from Milan there are trains allowing you to arrive without entering either Rome or Milan unless you want to.  We will provide you with step by step instructions so you can arrive comfortably.

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Do we need to bring a cello to Italy?

Although you are welcome to bring your instrument it may be somewhat costly.  We are arranging for rental instruments for those who do not want to go to this expense and inconvenience.

How much will the rental instruments cost?

There will be quite nice instruments for reasonable rates,  probably between 150 and 200 euros for the 2 weeks.  There is  a minimum charge of one month so if you want to hang onto your instrument a few days or pick it up early that should be possible.  I will personally inspect all rental instruments before the workshop dates to be sure they are up to snuff.  There will probably be some more expensive options as well if you want to rent something really special.

More Questions?

If you have any additional questions feel free to email Tuscanycelloworkshop@gmail.com or plewy4@gmail.com or to call(1-917-273-9693) to discuss any questions you might have about the workshop (If we like your question it may end up here!)

What language will the lessons and classes be in? 

All classes and lessons will be in English