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Despite the Covid-19 emergency, courses are currently confirmed for July and August 2020 and may take place “in person” in Siena and/or remotely via an online digital platform.

The Academy will promptly communicate any changes in the schedule according to the development of the crisis.

Founded in 1932 and nestled in an environment full of art, history, and an inspiring landscape, the traditional Summer Academy offers young musicians the opportunity for intensive study and performance under the guidance of internationally acclaimed faculty artists.

Applications must be made exclusively online.



Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the Summer courses and seminars at the Accademia Chigiana will be held in two different ways:

  • in person, for those permitted to travel to Siena (proper social distancing protocols will be maintained within the classroom, according to the government recommendations in place) 
  • or on-line, from home via an online digital platform that will be made available by the Accademia, allowing the students to interact with instructors remotely. To participate in the lessons via distance learning the student will need to be equipped with the MINIMUM TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ONLINE LESSONS (for details, see related section below). 

The following courses will be held exclusively in person in Siena: 

  1. Voice 
  2. Choral Conducting 
  3. Orchestral Conducting 
  4. Percussion
  5. Tabula Rasa

The courses and seminars that will be held exclusively online, on a digital platform, are the following: 

  1. Five centuries of Guitar
  2. Crossing Musical Boundaries 
  3. Live electronics

Courses not specified in either of the two above lists may be held through a mix of in-person and distance learning.

In the case that it is not possible for the instructors or the students to reach Siena for in-person lessons, the Accademia will guarantee the availability of online lessons, except for the courses that will be held exclusively in person. 

Enrolled students will be guaranteed a total of at least 4 hours (minimum) of direct lessons. 

The implementation of the Courses and Seminars may be subject to further changes due to the evolving global health crisis, as well as, any future government ordinances.

Students attending the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, divided into active students and auditors, are subject to the following regulations:


Candidates admitted as active students will be those who, meeting the requirements indicated below, successfully pass the relevant entrance exam.

Eligible for enrolment as active students are :

  • Italian candidates who hold a diploma (old system) or a second-level academic diploma (new system);
  • Foreign candidates who hold equivalent certificates.

Exceptions may be made to these qualification requirements in the case of the following courses: Voice, Guitar and Chamber Music, Guitar and new music for guitar, Composition, Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting, and Percussions; and in the case of the following seminars: Five Centuries of Guitar, Cross-Cultural Music, Live Electronics, Oboe, and “New Sounds.” Applicants are required to submit a curriculum of their completed studies along with their application.

Active students are required to attend all Course lessons for the full time allocated. The official course schedule will be announced immediately following the evaluation of the entrance exams. 

Student attendance shall be documented according to the incontestable judgment of the instructor. Active students must guarantee their presence during the course. The presence will be verified on site by the teacher through a daily attendance register and via an electronic register for online courses.

Exceptions may be allowed only to students attending the String Quartet and/or Chamber Music courses through requests made to the respective instructors.

Documents required for enrolment are:

  • diplomas or certificates of musical studies;
  • personal identification card showing date of birth;
  • detailed curriculum vitae;
  • programs of concerts held in the past (necessary only for applicants in Ensemble Music and Orchestral Conducting).

Students enrolled in previous years are not required to present the above-mentioned documents. However, students in the Orchestral Conducting course are required to present the above-mentioned documents each year.

Application must be made exclusively online here: OnLine Enrolment”.

For clarifications or further information, please contact the Student Office (

Should any difficulties arise in online application, applicants who have received permission from the Student Office may complete this Application Form  and send it to:

Segreteria Allievi dell’Accademia Musicale Chigiana

Via di Città, 89 – 53100 Siena (Italia)

Attendance as an active student in the same course for more than four years will not be permitted, except by request of the instructor to the Artistic Director of the Academy.

Attendance in more than two simultaneous Courses or Seminars is not permitted.

Age limits apply to active students, as indicated in the paragraph describing each course or seminar. The age limit is applicable to the first year of attendance (i.e., it may be exceeded for up to three years of consecutive course attendance). For groups that can demonstrate that they have been together for more than three years, there is the possibility of a limited exception to the age limit, provided that the average age of the group is less than 35.

As proof of age, applicants must attach to their application form a photocopy of a document indicating their date of birth. In the absence of such documentation, the application will not be considered.

On the Application Form, applicants must indicate:

  • the pieces they intend to play for the entrance examination;
  • the pieces that they intend to study during the course;
  • for the Voice course, their vocal range;
  • for Ensemble courses, their instrument (in the case of already established groups, the surname and instrument of each member must be listed).

Applicants must provide all the scores for the pieces they have listed.

Members of ensembles must bring all the scores for all individual instruments of their group.

Active students who, in the eyes of their respective instructors and of the Artistic Director of the Accademia Chigiana, are deemed to have earned distinction during their courses, shall have the opportunity to be included in the Concert Season calendar of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.

Candidates who have not passed the entrance examination may attend the course as auditors after the proper administrative procedures have been taken care of with the Student Office.


A limited number of auditors will have the possibility to attend course lessons remotely. 

The Academy reserves the right to define how to access the courses, the maximum number of participants and the related cost. The cost of attendance at Courses and Seminars (only remotely) by Auditors is currently being evaluated.

No particular qualifications are necessary for registration; only the application form is required. To sign up: complete the online form or fill out and send the form to the secretariat (there is no deadline). The Student Office will communicate the acceptance of the student as an auditor – based on the order of requests received – and send instructions on how to access the online platform.


Note: Entrance to the Academy premises is allowed only upon presentation of a special ID card issued by the Secretariat. It is therefore essential that students who will attend in-person lessons bring a photo (headshot) for their ID card.

Courses shall be activated or not in accordance with the incontestable judgment of the Academy.


Application must be made exclusively online here: “OnLine Enrolment no later than the following Deadlines:

  • 31 May for the Composition course
  • 10 June for the Voice, Guitar and chamber music, Flute, Choral Conducting, and Orchestral Conducting courses
  • 15 June for the all the other Courses and Seminars
  • 30 June for the Morphing Music to Media and Crossing Musical Boundaries seminars
  • 31 July for the TABULA RASA Seminar and the Workshop “TABULA RASA. Chigiana-Siena Jazz Ensemble”

Applications will not be accepted by e-mail.

IMPORTANT: For the 2020 courses, the application-examination fee must be paid on or before the application deadline for the selected course or seminar. 


Due to the ongoing global health emergency, the entrance examinations this year will be possible by video audition only, by applying HERE.

The deadlines for submitting the application are:  

  • 31 May for the Composition course
  • 10 June for the Voice, Guitar and chamber music, Flute, Choral Conducting, and Orchestral Conducting courses
  • 15 June for the all the other Courses and Seminars
  • 30 June for the Morphing Music to Media and Crossing Musical Boundaries seminars
  • 31 July for the TABULA RASA Seminar and the Workshop “TABULA RASA. Chigiana-Siena Jazz Ensemble”

The Accademia Chigiana will promptly notify candidates of the results of the admissions process.

For any candidate who is not able to make a video audition with an accompanying pianist, the Accademia will also accept recordings of only solo pieces. The secretariat will, in agreement with individual instructors, carry out the approval of any alternative programs that do not include piano accompaniment.   

Participants in the Tabula Rasa Seminar and active students who have already been accepted for solo instrument courses and who wish to attend Ensemble music courses that are accepting single instrumentalists are exempted from the entrance examination.


The digital platform for distance learning at the Accademia Chigiana, powered by mfClassrooms, works with a web browser, from computers (PC and Mac), tablets (Android and iPad), and smartphones (all), without the need to download any additional software or apps.

The platform connects to the internet via web browser and allows the user to make adjustments that can help to accommodate slower connection speeds. This means an excellent audio quality can be prioritised and the video quality can be selectively reduced, if necessary.

In order to take advantage of the best connection and audio-video quality the platform relies on two fundamental components: 

  1. Using recent hardware (newer computers or mobile devices);
  2. The speed of the user’s internet connection.


  • A computer (PC, Mac o Linux) manufactured in 2014 or later with an updated operating system, and at least 4 GB of RAM (8 GB is even better), with a webcam and internal microphone; 
  • An updated web browser (it is recommended to use Chrome). The user should close all other open browser tabs and quit all other applications;
  • A stable internet connection with at least 10 Mbps in download and 1 Mbps in upload;
  • It is recommended to use an external USB microphone;
  • It is recommended to use quality headphones.


(for students to be able to attend the lessons of other active students, or for external auditors)

  • Smartphone or tablet from 2016 or later, with the Safari browser (for iPhone – iPad) or Chrome (for Android);
  • Quality headphones;
  • An internet connection with a speed of at least 10 Mbps in download and 1 Mbps in upload;



Among the USB microphones available on the market, we recommend the following: Rode NT USB, Blue Yeti, AKG Lyra, Audio Technica AT 2020, Fifine K670 (with manual gain control and headphone jack).


Among the quality headphones available on the market, the following are notable: AKG K 240 MK II, Sennheiser HD 400s, Audio Technica ATH-M30x, Sony MDR-7506


To achieve the best audio quality a computer must be used (not a tablet or a smartphone). The computer should be paired with an external microphone of the best possible quality. 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they are equipped with the proper hardware that will allow them to utilise the platform, including an external microphone, headphones, and webcam. 

In no case will the Accademia Chigiana be held responsible for the inferior quality and/or transmission of audio-video data in the case of inadequate hardware being used. The Accademia Chigiana will also not be held responsible in any case for the inferior quality of online lessons due to an insufficient internet connection on the part of the student or instructor due to their modem, infrastructure or ISP.


IMPORTANT: For the 2020 courses the application-examination fee must be paid on or before the application deadline for the selected course or seminar. 

Proof of payment must show the details of the payment made by postal money order or by bank transfer to the account number 14822.16 registered to:

Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana
(c/c n. 14822.16 of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Banchi di Sopra, 84
IBAN IT 82 C 01030 14200 000001482216
in the notes, the student must write his/her name and the Course or Seminar to which he/she is applying.

Alternatively, payment may be made on the Chigiana Academy website using Paypal, stating the reason for payment and writing in the email address

Another Amount: EUR


The Application – Examination Fee is non-refundable. 

  • Attendance Fee – ACTIVE STUDENTS

This fee must be paid prior to the beginning of the lessons. It is to be paid in its entirety and cannot be refunded if the candidate stops attendance on his/her own initiative.

Should a scholarship be awarded later, the previously paid fee will be refunded in proportion.

  •  Attendance Fee – AUDITORS

This fee allows auditors to attend lessons in the chosen course or seminar only remotely.

The Academy reserves the right to define the access modalities, the maximum number of participants and the relative cost.


Reductions in the attendance fee for active students
The following (noncumulative) reductions may be allowed:

60% for attendance of a second course (*);

45% for members of ensembles who can demonstrate concert activity covering a period of at least one year (by submitting programmes of past concerts);


* A “second course” is to be understood as one taken together with the first course. With the sole exception of the Orchestral Conducting course, the reduction will be applied to the discipline that has a later start date.



Exemptions from fees may be granted in the following cases:

  •  Application and examination fee

– for active students of solo instrument courses who also wish to attend Ensemble Music courses accepting single instrumentalists;
– for active students of courses or seminars in the same instrument or subject held by different instructors, the payment of only one application and examination fee is required;

– for students of the Rinaldo Franci Superior Institute of Musical Studies specifically selected as per agreement.

  • Attendance fee (active students)

– for active students of solo instrument courses

who also wish to attend Ensemble Music courses accepting single instrumentalists;
– for students indicated by Chigiana instructors as recipients of fee waivers;

See  Fee Waivers and Scholarships

– to students of the Rinaldo Franci Superior Institute of Musical Studies and Siena Jazz accepted as full participants, as per agreement.

An attendance fee reduction of 50% is provided to students coming from the Guido d’Arezzo Foundation.

  • Attendance Fee (auditors)

– to a limited number of students of the Rinaldo Franci Superior Institute of Musical Studies, Siena Jazz, and the Guido d’Arezzo Foundation, as per agreement.

  • Application and examination fee

In 2020, for All Courses and Seminars: € 48


  • Attendance fees – Active Students
Masterclasses Active students
Voice 375
Guitar and chamber music 265
Guitar and new guitar music 220
Clarinet 265
Composition 240
Double Bass 265
Choral Conducting 220
Orchestral Conducting 560
Flute 265
Percussion instruments 240
Piano 330
String Quartet and chamber music for strings and piano 285
Viola and chamber music 265
(Boris Belkin) 395
(Salvatore Accardo) 350
(Antonio Meneses) 265
(David Geringas) 285


Five Centuries of Guitar 130
Crossing Musical Boundaries 130
Live Electronics. Performance and interpretation of electronic music in concert 200
Oboe 175
“New Sounds”
Tabula rasa. The art of improvisation 155
Morphing music to media 155

For courses and seminars in Ensemble Music, application, attendance, and exam fees must be paid by each member of the ensemble.


  • Attendance fee – Auditors

This fee allows auditors to attend lessons in the chosen course or seminar only remotely.

The Academy reserves the right to define the access modalities, the maximum number of participants and the relative cost.

Note: Personal data collected during the online course application and registration will be treated as indicated in the Privacy Policy (in Italian).


The Chigiana Academy will waive the attendance fees for one student in each course. Candidates enrolled as active students may compete for the fee-waiver by making a written request declaring whether or not they have an earned income, and including the request with their application form. These waivers will be granted after a merit classification and will consist of a refund of the tuition fee paid.

Each instructor will have the discretion to award the fee-waiver, either at the beginning of the course, on the basis of the results of the entrance examination, or at the end of the course, in consideration of the student’s merit.

Students who have already been awarded a scholarship from other institutions will not be eligible for a waiver.

No fee-waivers are available for seminar attendance.


The following scholarships are granted by public institutions or private donors to distinguished students of the Accademia Chigiana masterclasses:

“Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena” Prize

The Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank is, in 2020 as in the the past, offering a prize of €1,500. This scholarship will be awarded to a quartet taking part in the String Quartet and Chamber Music for Piano and Strings course taught by Clive Greensmith. The aim of this prize is to help the winners to pursue their studies and to continue to refine their promising musical gifts. The Prize will be awarded based on the evaluation of a panel of judges, including a representative of the Bank, Maestro Nicola Sani (the Artistic Director of the Accademia Chigiana), and the instructor of the course.

Rotary Club Siena

Three scholarships of €1,500 each (before tax) will be awarded in 2020 to students selected from the Piano course taught by Lilya Zilberstein, the Cello course led by Antonio Meneses, and the Chigiana Percussion Ensemble.

The scholarships will be awarded according to the merit ranking from the results of the entrance examinations, based on the evaluation of the instructor and the Artistic Director of the Accademia Chigiana.

Pie Disposizioni

Five scholarships of €400 each (before tax) will be awarded in 2020 to students taking part in the following courses: Voice (Matteuzzi), Composition (Sciarrino), Double Bass (Ettorre),  Violin (Belkin), Violoncello (Geringas).

Scholarships will be awarded according to a merit ranking from the results of the entrance examination, based on the evaluation of the instructor and the Artistic Director of the Accademia Chigiana, as well as on the appraisal of individual needs.

“Giovanna Maniezzo”

Thanks to a generous donation from Professor and Attorney Marcello Clarich, a scholarship will be awarded in 2020, as in the past, to commemorate Giovanna Maniezzo, from the Accademia Chigiana Office of External Relations, who, in 2018, left us too early in life.

The scholarship of €1,500 (before tax) will be awarded to a student from the Accademia Chigiana’s Summer Courses showing exceptional aptitude and ability in nurturing his/her image, in promoting his/her life and artistic work, in engaging with the public, and in communicating with others.  The name of the student chosen to receive the scholarship will be announced by the Accademia Chigiana at the conclusion of the summer courses.

“Emma Contestabile”

Scholarships funded by Emma Contestabile’s bequest to the Accademia Chigiana to be allocated in order to launch students in their professional careers.

Other Scholarships

A scholarship for the attendance of Voice courses, funded by the Accademia Chigiana, is awarded to one of the winners of the “Francisco Viñas” International Singing Competition (on the Jury’s recommendation).

The amount of this scholarship consists of €35 gross per day, in addition to an exemption from the attendance fee.

N.B. Scholarships or any refund of attendance fees paid will be made at the end of the course attended, upon signature of the receipt form provided and submission of the tax code to the Student Office.



Each student is required to take out a health insurance policy or provide a consular statement of his/her right to medical assistance deriving from international agreements.
Non-European Union students may enter Italy upon presenting a passport and, if required, a visa granted by their country of origin. Once in Italy they must request a visitor’s permit with the same reason given in their visa. It is not necessary to request this permit for stays for reasons of business, tourism, visits or studies shorter than three months.

European Union citizens do not need a permit for their stay in Italy.


A limited number of pianos are available for student use – with precedence given to active students of the Courses for Piano or Chamber Music with Piano – both on the Academy premises and outside the Academy.
To rent pianos for personal use in the student’s own lodging in Siena, please apply to:  Checcacci Strumenti Musicali – via Cesare Battisti 10 – 53100 Siena – tel. +39. 0577 44521 / /


The following lodgings offer students of the Accademia Chigiana a 10% discount:
Affittacamere Xenia
Via Santa Caterina 10
Tel. 0577-286633

Antica Residenza Cicogna
via delle Terme 76
Tel. 0577-285613

Casa Vacanze Il Campo
via Salicotto, 73
Tel. 0577-226849

  • FOOD

Students, upon presenting the Chigiana Student ID card as proof of their participation in the programme, have access to the following food servicers:

Mensa Universitaria / University Dining Halls

  • Mensa Sallustio Bandini – Via Bandini, 47 – Tel. 0577 226207
    open Monday to Friday from 12-noon to 2:30 pm (closed for dinner);
  • Mensa Sant’Agata – Via S. Agata, 1 – Tel. 0577 1651840
    open Monday to Friday from 7 pm to 9:15 pm
    (Saturday and Sunday, open for lunch and dinner)
Full meal € 5.50 

Ristorante Orto de’ Pecci
via Porta Giustizia, 39 – Tel. 0577 222201
Student refectory services: Tuesday to Friday (from 12.30 pm to 2:30 pm)
meals starting at € 7.50 (Tuesday to Friday) / pizza starting from €6 (also on Saturday and Sunday)

Bar Osteria Il Bargello
via di Città, 55 – Tel. 0577 045649
open for lunch and dinner
meals ranging from € 7 to € 9



For information, please contact:
Università per Stranieri di Siena
Student Office
Piazza Carlo Rosselli 27/28, 53100 Siena
Tel. 0577 240100 / 111/ Fax 0577 281030

N.B. – Should there be any discrepancy between information given in Italian and in translation, the Italian is to be considered as definitive.