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What is BIEMSSF?

Addressed to all-age players and singers, the summer school and travelling festival based in Brescia is designed and directed by Marcello Mazzetti and Livio Ticli. It is a unique opportunity for intensive training and performing in Italy: it offers 12 days of fantastic singing/playing classes, performance opportunities, along with concerts, social events and tours in some of the most beautiful cities and historic villages in Central and Northern Italy. We welcome students from all over the world to work with European leading early music ensembles, scholars specialised in HIPP and experts in Early Music Pedagogy and Improvisation.




Music Programme

The project – hosting Prof Tony Thornton and UMass Chamber Choir from University of Massachusetts (MA, USA) – deals with grand music from late Renaissance and Early Baroque Italy. Indeed, Italian Masters left us a rich heritage of polyphonic repertoire and performing practices, ranging from Polychoral Style to Stile Concertato, from the Art of Intabulation and self-accompaniment to the more recent Basso Continuo technique. Participants will have the unmissable opportunity to explore music by great composers such as Claudio Monteverdi (2017 is his 450th Anniversary of Birth), by experiencing Italian Culture and Music in historic places and unique venues around Northern Italy.


Who is it for?

Singers and players of all ages (18+) and abilities. We have courses in Ensemble Music and classes for Soloists beside a variety of different activities such as Individual Coaching, Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Special Projects, etc.


When, Where & Schedule

BIEMSSF takes place from 21 July 21 – August 1, 2017 in Brescia and surroundings (Central and Northern Italy).
Check out the SCHEDULE of all activities.


How to enrol

Please contact us in advance, as we have limited places available. Afterwards, please complete our two on-line forms (for both your personal record and music background).
Fees must be paid via transfer – deadline is 30 Jun 2017.



You can choose to participate in the full experience, some days of activities or just a week-end.
Please have a look at our brochure.


Tuition & Tours Tuition & Tours +
accommodation included
full Experience
Jul 21 – Aug 1, 2017
Jul 21-23, 2017
9 days
Jul 24 – Aug 1, 2017



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EM Dept · Brescia and BIEMSSF can count on several partnerships: Palma Choralis · Research Group & Early Music EnsembleMuseo Diocesano di Brescia, Festival Antegnati, Soli Deo Gloria Festival, Cappella Musicale S. Francesco da Paola di Reggio Emilia.


EM Dept · Brescia is proud to announce that a new partner of the network joined us in 2016-17: the Department of Music and Dance from University of Massachusetts–Amherst (USA) and UMass Chamber Choir (MA, USA) conducted by Prof Tony Thornton.



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