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Spring (April - May) Newsletter 2010

Clarinetopia - SUNY Stony Brook - 12 -15 June 2010

35th Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium - 17 - 19 June 2010

Raasay Bass Clarinet Conference - Scotland - 12 -16 April 2010

ClarinetFest - Austin, Texas - 21 -25 July 2010

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival - 23 -24 April 2010

Claremont Clarinet Workshop - Pomona, California - 13 -20 June 2010

Debussy Clarinet Competition - Paris - 20 - 25 April 2010

Bel Canto Institute - Florence, Italy - 28 June - 24 July 2010

2nd International Clarinet Competition - Slovenia - 9 - 11 April 2010

Ohio Clarinet Gala - 18 April 2010

Belgian Clarinet Academy - 4 - 9 July 2010

Domaine Forget Music Festival with Clarinet - 13 - 26 July 2010, Quebec

Indiana University Clarinet Workshop - 11 - 15 June 2010

US Army Field Band Competition - Feb - Apr 2010

Maryland Clarinet Seminar - Towson University -10 April 2010

Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy - 2 - 7 August 2010

Boston Woodwind Society Harold Wright Merit Awards - 11 April 2010

International Woodwind Festival - 20 - 28 June 2010 - Pella, Iowa

Xativa Music Festival - Spain - 4 - 10 July 2010

International Music Master Classes - Ostrava University - Czech Republic - 22 - 29 Aug 2010


MidWest ClariFest - University of Nebraska - 16 April 2010

Stanley Drucker Residency - Wright State University Ohio - 25 - 27 May 2010

Clarinet & Klezmer in the Galillee - Safed, Israel - 2 -9 August 2010

Aria Music Festival - 2nd Session Clarinet - 6 - 15 July 2010

University of Michigan Clarinet Institute - 4 - 17 July 2010

Montevideo Clarinet Festival - 1 - 7 August 2010 - Uruguay

XV Canetti International Music Festival - Acca, Israel, with Clarinet Master Classes with Evgeny Petrov - 7 - 14 July 2010

Mercadante International Clarinet Competition - 14 - 17 October 2010, Bari, Italy

4th International Clarinet Workshop - Czech Republic - 3 - 11 2010

Clarinet Summer School - Liverpool, UK - 30 July - 2 August 2010



Michele Von Haugg

625 West 1st Street Unit 249

Tempe, AZ  85281


To Whom It May Concern:

 This letter is regarding an upcoming humanitarian project spearheaded by myself in collaboration with the Art in Tanzania Organization.  In May of this year, I will depart for a 10 week teaching project in the Moshi district of Tanzania.  You may be familiar with the African Blackwood Conservation project and its purpose of protecting and replenishing the diminishing population of the Mpingo tree?  Those trees which are harvested and purchased by European and American corporations for the purpose of manufacturing clarinets have been in decline for many years now.   My primary focus with the Art in Tanzania organization and the Blackwood Conservation project is a matter of educational outreach and cross cultural collaboration

I would like to begin this 10 week project by teaching approximately 12 children beginning clarinet lessons.  The children residing in the villages of rural Tanzania have no exposure to the clarinet or the financial means to purchase them.  It is my goal to teach these students for 6-8 weeks, daily lessons, working up to a concert which would be performed for the villagers in honor of peace and conservation.  I believe that if these children were to learn how to play one of the instruments that is made from the Mpingo tree, they would have a greater respect and motivation to protect that tree. 

Music is a powerful transformative tool of peace.  It is my hope that as an educator and as an American, my message of peace will speak through the music.  During this project, I will be documenting all aspects of education and performance.  I will also spend time performing and recording with the Art in Tanzania musicians.  When the project is complete, I anticipate returning to the United States to begin a lecture recital series pertaining to the experience. 

 If you would be willing to donate clarinets, reed, swabs or care/maintenance materials to this project, your contribution will be greatly appreciated.  I have included my resume for your informational purposes.  Please also visit and for more information about these non-profit organizations.

 I look forward to hearing from you,

 Michele Lynn Von Haugg



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Boston Woodwind Society has established merit awards to honor the artistry and achievements of five legendary woodwind musicians. The awards are presented annually to outstanding young students hoping to fulfill their dreams of entering the world of professional players. Selected through open competitions by woodwind artists and faculty members of leading schools of music, each recipient of an award receives a cash prize of $1,000. The purpose of these awards is to encourage and to recognize achievements of high standards of musical integrity and artistry as exemplified by the artists for whom the awards have been named.




2nd International Clarinet Competition - Krsko, Slovenia

 Robi Pirc, Director - 9 - 11 April 2010

Application Deadline - 13 March 2010

The above 2nd Competition is being held and is an opportunity for players Internationally to compete in a prestigious event of high importance.  The above galleries detail the terms, prizes, regulations, panel of judges, sponsors, and critical information for all applicants.  Deadline to apply is 13 March 2010. Below is a summary of the information.

2. mednarodno tekmovanje klarinetistov
2nd International Clarinet Competition


• SZOLT SZATMÁRI (Madžarska / Hungary )
• JOŽE KOTAR (Slovenija / Slovenia)
• MILAN ŘEŘICHA (Češka / Czech Republic)
• MILKO PRAVDIĆ (Hrvaška / Croatia)
• NIKOLA SRDIĆ (Srbija / Serbia)

Udeleženci bodo razdeljeni v tri kategorije:
• Kategorija A: starost do 15 let (rojeni 1995 in mlajši)
• Kategorija B: starost do 19 let (rojeni 1991 in mlajši)
• Kategorija C: starost do 35 let (rojeni 1975 in mlajši)

The participants will be grouped into three categories:
• Category A: age up to 15 (born in 1995 or later)
• Category B: age up to 19 (born in 1991 or later)
• Category C: age up to 35 (born in 1975 or later)

• Kategoriji A in B 50.00 €
• Kategorija C 60.00 €

Entry fee
• Categories A and B € 50.00
• Category C € 60.00

Kategorija A

Tekmovalci izvedejo:
• C. Rose (32 etud): Etuda št. 3
• skladbo s klavirsko spremljavo po svoji izbiri primerno nivoju kategorije
Trajanje programa do 10 minut

Category A
Competitors will play:
• C. Rose (32 etudes): Etude No. 3
• Composition with piano accompaniment of their own preference suitable to the level of category
Maximum performance time: 10 minutes.

Kategorija B
Tekmovalci izvedejo:
• Jaka Pucihar: Slovenec sem, Slovenec tja
Jaka Pucihar Ed. (
• skladbo po svoji izbiri primerno nivoju kategorije
Trajanje programa do 15 minut

Category B
Competitors will play:
• Jaka Pucihar: Slovenec sem, Slovenec tja
Jaka Pucihar Ed. (
• Composition of their own preference suitable to the level of category
Maximum performance time: 15 minutes.

Kategorija C
Tekmovanje v kategoriji C poteka v dveh etapah. V izločilni etapi, tekmovalci izvedejo obvezno skladbo:
• C. M. von Weber: Concertino

V drugi etapi se izvedejo naslednje skladbe:
• Z. Vauda: Sonata Edicije DSS (

ena od navedenih skladb:
• M. Dautremer: Recit et impromptu
• C. M. Widor: Introduction et Rondo
• J. Mazelier: Fantasie ballet
• J. Binet: Petit Concert
• G. Litaize: Recitatif et theme varie
• F. Hidas: Fantasia

ter ena izmed od naslednjih solo skladb:
• E. Denisov: Sonata
• V. Bucchi: Concerto
• L. Lebič: Chalumeau
• U. Pompe: Kolor
• I. Stravinski: Three pieces
• O. Messiaen: Abime des Oiseaux
• L. Berio: Sekvenca IXa

Category C
Competition in C category will be in two phases. In the eliminatory stage the competitors will play a compulsory composition:
• C. M. von Weber Concertino

In the final stage of the performance they will play the following pieces:
• Z. Vauda: Sonata Edicije DSS (

One piece chosen among:
• M. Dautremer: Recit et impromptu
• C. M. Widor: Introduction et Rondo
• J. Mazelier: Fantasie ballet
• J. Binet: Petit Concert
• G. Litaize: Recitatif et theme varie
• F. Hidas: Fantasia

And one piece for solo Clarinet chosen among:
• E. Denisov: Sonata
• V. Bucchi: Concerto
• L. Lebič: Chalumeau Edicije DSS (
• U. Pompe: Kolor Edicije DSS (
• I. Stravinski: Three pieces
• O. Messiaen: Abime des Oiseaux
• L. Berio: Sekvenca IXa


Kategorija A / Category A

1. nagrada / 1st prize: 200 €
+ darilni bon v višini 100 € - Vandoren Paris
+ gift voucher for 100 € - Vandoren Paris

2. nagrada / 2nd prize: 100 €
+ darilni bon 100 € - Vandoren Paris
+ gift voucher for 100 € - Vandoren Paris

3. nagrada / 3rd prize: 100 €

Kategorija B / Category B

1. nagrada / 1st prize: 400 €
+ darilni bon 100 € - Vandoren Paris
+ ustnik Pomarico
+ gift voucher for 100 € - Vandoren Paris
+ Pomarico mouthpiece

2. nagrada / 2nd prize: 200 €
+ darilni bon 100 € - Vandoren Paris
+ gift voucher for 100 € - Vandoren Paris

3. nagrada / 3rd prize: 200 €

Kategorija C / Category C

1. nagrada / 1st prize: klarinet Buffet Crampon - model RC
Buffet Crampon Clarinet – model RC

2. nagrada / 2nd prize: 500 €
+ ustnik Pomarico
+ Pomarico mouthpiece

3. nagrada / 3rd prize: 350 €
+ ustnik Pomarico
+ Pomarico mouthpiece

Proizvajalec jezičkov in pribora RICO bo podaril vsem nagrajencem darilni paket izdelkov RICO

Reed and accessories manufacturer RICO will donate to all award winners RICO products pack.

Vsi sodelujoči prejmejo priznanje za sodelovanje.
All candidates will receive a certificate of attendance.



              10 April 2010

Towson University, Center for the Arts Recital Hall
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252



Ohio University

The Concours Debussy - International Clarinet Competition - Paris 2010

              20 - 25 April 2010

International DEBUSSY competition
The Concours Debussy - International Clarinet Competition - Paris 2010
will take place from April 20 to April 25, 2010 at the Concert hall of the
"Conservatoire régional de Paris" - Pôle supérieur 14, rue de Madrid Paris 8čme


See Program

See General conditions

Purchase the imposed score of Sarasate


  • The competition is open to clarinetists of all nationalities born after April 25, 1980
  • The competition consists of 3 eliminatory rounds and a final test, accompagnied by the "Ensemble Orchestral de Paris"(cond.Jean-François Verdier). The first round is a preselection on CD audio support. The CD must be send before December 15, 2009 (See "programm").
  • The Debussy Competition offers 3 official prizes, and special prizes (more than 21.000 euros)

The jury (in Paris) is made up of a president
Xavier Delette, Director of the Conservatoire de Paris - Pôle supérieur and
Ludmila Peterkova, Czech Republic
Nicolas Baldeyrou, France
Ralf Forster, Germany
Shigeru Ikushima, Japan
Jon Manasse, U.S.A.
Justo Sanz, Spain

Registration, only on this website, is open from September 30 to December 15, 2009 on link Concours Debussy



  concours DEBUSSY  



Programme Rule Registration




Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

April 23 & 24, 2010
Missoula, Montana

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

Featured Guests







Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival
Buddy DeFranco

"I appreciate what Lance Boyd and the students at the U of M as well as others in the Missoula community have done to foster jazz over the last many years. It’s an excellent program and an outstanding festival. I’m pleased to have this opportunity of a long-term relationship with The University of Montana.”


- Buddy DeFranco


“I like the personal touch. The non-competitive atmosphere allows each band to be evaluated on its own merits....the clinicians are able to address our specific issues in a positive and productive manner.”


-John Combs,
Hellgate High School Band Director


For more information contact:


Lance R. Boyd
Department of Music
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-7992


Phone: (406) 243-5071 or
(406) 243-6880



Our website is under construction and information on the following links is from last year. If you would like updated information please call: Anne Marie Brinkman, 243-6880 or email:


Festival Format

Download application

Places to Stay in Missoula


The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival is a non-competitive, educational event. High school and college jazz bands perform every 30 minutes throughout both days and receive written comments from the guest clinicians. Immediately following its performance, each band will have an opportunity to work for 30 minutes with one of the clinicians in another location.


It is possible to receive a numerical rating upon request. Also, Outstanding Soloist Awards will be given to deserving soloists from the daytime performances. They will be presented during the Saturday night concert. This adds an element of excitement to the festivities and recognizes superior individual achievement without creating a competitive atmosphere.


Each group registration fee of $175 includes the adjudication, an audio tape of the performance and access to clinics and the daytime performances. Evening concert reserve tickets can be purchased separately. Information about a special discount for concert tickets will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration form.


The deadline for registration is March 26, 2010. To participate please fill out the attached registration form and return to: Lance Boyd, Music Department, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. For further festival information call the UM Music Department at (406) 243-6880 or the UM Jazz Program at (406) 243-5071.


Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival




FRIDAY, April 23


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
College, high school and junior high school jazz band performances

1:00 pm
CLINIC: With guest artists Shelly Berg and Terell Stafford.

7:30 pm
CONCERT: featuring Buddy DeFranco, Shelly Berg, Terell Stafford, Jazz Festival Trio, and UM Jazz Band I



SATURDAY, April 24


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
College, high school and Junior high school jazz band performances

1:00 pm
CLINIC: With guest artist Grace Kelly and Lee Konitz..

7:30 pm
CONCERT: featuring Buddy DeFranco, Grace Kelly, Lee Konitz, Jazz Festival Trio, and UM Jazz Band I.



All jazz festival events are held in the University Theatre


Reserved tickets for the evening concerts can be purchased at the GrizTix, the UC Box Office, Adams Center ticket office or Worden’s Market. Second night discount price available. For more ticket information call 1-888-MONTANA. All seats are reserved.

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

Listen to the 2009 Festival

View pictures from the 2009 Festival

Give a gift to support the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

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6 - 8  May 2010

Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Symposium with Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director

Gustavo Dudamel and YOLA kids

LA Phil in partnership with El Sistema USA and the League of American Orchestras - COMPOSING CHANGE: YOLA AND THE El SISTEMA MOVEMENT


May 6–8, 2010

League of American Orchestras Constituents Meeting

May 6th, 2010, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm: Session open to League members only. Please register on the League website At Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Pre-Symposium Session

May 6th, 2010, 1:30 – 5:00 pm: Eric Booth, National Arts in Education Leader facilitates a panel discussion about traditional Youth Orchestras in the U.S. and Implications for the El Sistema Movement. Space for non-League members is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. When you register for May 7 and/or 8, you will have the option to add this free bonus session to your symposium experience. At Walt Disney Concert Hall.


May 7th, 2010 features: A living case study of YOLA's first site at EXPO Center, with our EXPO Center and Harmony Project partners; Venezuela's El Sistema through the lens of the Abreu Fellowship; discussions about crucial topics, from pedagogy to partnership, with local and national El Sistema Movement leaders. At Expo Center.

May 8th, 2010 highlights: Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel conducting an invitational rehearsal of the YOLA EXPO Orchestra on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Dudamel in conversation with Los Angeles Philharmonic President Deborah Borda. At Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Click here for symposium agenda updates.

Register today! Space is Limited

Full Symposium Pass:

May 7th and 8th – $200 (includes pre-symposium session)

Single Day Rates:

May 7th – $125 includes transportation to and from EXPO Center, beverage & coffee service, continental breakfast, lunch, and access to all sessions)
May 8th – $125 (includes beverage & coffee service, boxed lunch, and access to all sessions)

Click Here to Register

Call Audience Services at (323) 850-2000

Special Rate for Symposium Attendees at Omni Los Angeles Hotel

The YOLA Symposium has a special rate of $159 single/double per night (plus 14.08% tax) at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel, located at 251 South Olive Street; Los Angeles, CA 90012, (800) 843-6664.

You may make reservations online at the Omni Hotels website. Or if you call to make your reservations you must mention the group code 16900604896 and group name "LA Phil Youth Orchestra" to qualify for this rate. Reservations must be made no later than April 4, 2010 but attendees are urged to reserve early before rooms become unavailable.

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25 - 27 May 2010

Wright State University - Dayton, Ohio - Dr Randall Paul Director


Saturday, May 29th, 2010    11:00-1:00


Principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


Master class at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL


Saturday, May 29th, 2010    11:00-1:00


Eligible applicants need to have a recommendation from a teacher and be prepared to perform one of the following pieces:

  • First movement of Mozart Clarinet Concerto
  • First movement of Brahms Sonata No.1
  • First movement of Brahms Sonata No.2
FEE:     The fee is $60 to perform in the masterclass.


It is highly recommended that you rehearse and bring your own accompanist; however, one can be provided for you if absolutely necessary. Rehearsal time with provided accompanist will be very limited.


Please send an email to:   and include your Name, Teacher's Name and Contact Information, and your Repertoire Preference (from above list).  Please include your top 2 choices for repertoire.  Advanced high school students are welcome.


The class will be webcast live on and will also be videotaped and featured on the website for the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble.

Thanks so much.
Rose Sperrazza

The general fee for the masterclass is $10.  If you would like to reserve space, please send an email to and include your name and number of seats. Mr. McGill is also performing with the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble on May 28th at 7:30PM. 

May 29-June 19, 2010

Caroline Hartig - Director of Clarinet Chamber Studies


MSU College of Music in Todi, Italy
Master Classes for Clarinet, Voice, and Piano at the Centro Studi Carlo della Giacoma in Todi, Italy

Summer 2010

May 29-June 19, 2010

Sponsored by the College of Music

Arranged through the Office of Study Abroad (OSA)

What's this program about?

This program entails three weeks of intensive master classes for clarinetists, vocalists, and pianists. Students will study and perform master works for clarinet, voice, and piano including such works at Brahms Sonatas (see “What can I study?” for complete repertoire list). In addition to listed repertoire for clarinet, voice, and piano, students will also study solo and chamber music including some works of Carlo Della Giacomo.

Italian language classes are also part of the program as well as excursions to such places as Rome, Orvieto, Cortona, Gubbio, and Perugia.    

Where does it take place?

The master classes are organized by  Centro di Studi Carlo Della Giacoma, a cultural institute located in Todi, in the region of Umbria, said to be one of the  most exciting and historical regions of Italy.  The co-founders of the institute are the community of Todi, the province of Perugia, important artists, professors, researchers and family members of the late Carlo Della Giacoma. Carlo Della Giacoma (1858-1929) was a leading performer of his generation and was principal clarinet at La Scala opera in Milan.  He was also a noted composer, musicologist, and conductor.  He wrote a clarinet method, chamber music, and sonata repertoire for clarinet and piano, clarinet and voice and orchestral works as well as solo works for piano and other woodwind instruments. Todi is self-contained in location and very easy to navigate on foot.

All of the master classes, concerts, language classes and practice facilities will be housed in the historical Palazzo Vignola. The architecture is world-renowned and a historical site often studied in Art History classes.

What can I study?

Students will study and perform standard clarinet/piano sonata repertoire, piano four hands and vocal/piano/clarinet chamber works, as well as solo repertoire and chamber music for clarinet, voice, and piano.  Students will also study and perform selected solo and chamber works of composer Carlo Della Giacomo.  Clarinetists will study contemporary techniques, such as circular breathing, multiple articulation, orchestral excerpts, practice techniques, and the concertos of Mozart, Nielsen, and Copland

In addition to the clarinet/piano repertoire listed below, pianists will study solo piano repertoire as well as piano four hands.

The clarinet/piano repertoire may include, but is not limited to:

  • Johannes Brahms, Sonata, Opus 120 No. 1, f minor
  • Johannes Brahms, Sonata opus 120 No. 2, Eb major
  • Carlo Della Giacoma, Cavalleria Rusticana Fantasia, Op.83
  • Carlo Della Giacoma, Tosca, Op. 171
  • Claude Debussy, Premiere Rhapsodie
  • Felix Mendelssohn, Concertstuck in d minor
  • Felix Mendelssohn, Concertstuck in f minor
  • Francis Poulenc, Sonata
  • C.Saint Saens, Sonate, Op. 167
  • Rota
  • Setaccioli
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Clarinet/Vocal Repertoire may include but is not limited to:

  • Schubert-Shepherd on the Rock
  • Spohr-Sechs Lieder
  • Schubert-Die Verschwornenen
  • Mozart-La Clemenzo di Tito mezzo aria 
  • Rorem-Ariel

Vocal repertoire will be selected to suit voice type in conjunction with voice faculty

Students will have a daily language class devoted to Italian musical language study as well as daily Italian conversational study.  The local language institute in Todi, La Lingua La Vita, will provide instruction and cooperates with the Centro Studi.

All students will be required to enroll for a minimum of three (3) credits from the following MSU courses:

MUS 112  Chamber Music 1 cr.
MUS 150A  Piano   1-3 cr.
MSU 151  Voice       1-3 cr.
MUS 153C Clarinet  1-4 cr.
MUS 291  Selected Topics in Music  1-3 cr.
MUS 348   Piano Accompanying  1 cr.
MUS 350A Piano 2-3 cr.
MUS 351 Voice  1-3 cr.
MUS 353C  Clarinet  1-4 cr.
MUS 490   Independent Study  1-3 cr.
MUS 491 Special Topics in Music  1-4 cr.
MUS 850A  Piano      1-3 cr.
MUS 851 Voice    1-3 cr.
MUS 853C Clarinet     1-3 cr.
MUS 856   Chamber Music  1-3 cr.
MUS 890   Independent Study 1-10 cr.
MUS 891   Special Topics in Music 1-10 cr.
MUS 896 Recital Performance 1-10 cr.
MUS 950A Piano    1-3 cr.
MUS 953C Clarinet  1-3 cr.
MUS 996 Doctoral Recital Performance  1-24 cr.

Course prerequisites may apply; see Course Descriptions (on the MSU Website) or program leader for details.

What are the requirements?

The program is open to outstanding undergraduates and graduate students in the Doctor of Music (DMA) and Master of Music (MM) programs who have extensive music education and experience in their given instrument.

All students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at least 2.00 at the time of application.  Meeting this minimum grade point average does not, however, guarantee admission. 

Participants will be selected by professors in the appropriate major and/or instrument.

While the program is intended for students from the MSU College of Music, students from other universities may also apply.

Applicants’ participation may be denied or their participation approval may be revoked if their conduct before departure raises doubts as to their suitability for program participation.

Where will I live?

Students will live in Todi – a charming, authentic Italian town.  They will be housed in apartments within walking distance to the Palazzo Vignola (see history below). There will be no need for transportation in the town as everything is accessible by foot.  The Centro Studi will make arrangements for bus and car transportation for the excursions.

History of Palazzo Vignola

The existing name of the palace, originally called Landi Corradi, derives from the architect of the portal and the courtyard, Jacopo Barozzi from Vignola, who made them in the 16th century.  In 1712, Bishop Filippo A. Gualtieri bought the Palace and started to renovate it in order to move the ecclesiastic seminary there.

In 1720 the renovation was completed. The Church of "Nunziatina" became part of the definitive structure. Palazzo Vignola has today become a splendid congress centre equipped to host business conventions, exhibitions, gala evening, celebrations and weddings. 3500 sq m divided into 3 floors (each measuring about 1000 sq m), panoramic roof terrace, 22 rooms in total, out of which 7 are large reception salons, 8 medium-size rooms, offices, a grand reception hall and a bar that opens into the splendid internal open-air courtyard. The Palazzo lies 100 m away from the main square in Todi and 5 m from the Romanesque cathedral

Who can tell me more about this program?


Professor Richard Fracker
College of Music
107 Music Practice Building
Phone: (517) 353-4489

Richard Fracker is associate professor of voice (tenor) and Area Chair of Vocal Arts at the Michigan State University College of Music. Prior to joining the MSU faculty in September 2003, Fracker performed regularly in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, including ten seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera (MET) and more than 160 performances. Known for his versatility both vocally and dramatically, he enthusiastically explores both traditional and contemporary repertoires ranging from Britten and Beethoven, to Verdi and Philip Glass. Some of Fracker's MET performances include Madama Butterfly, The Gambler, Turandot, Moses und Aron, and Die Frau ohne Schatten, as well as the leading tenor role in Philip Glass' The Voyage. He has appeared several times in Texaco’s “Live from the MET” national radio broadcasts. Recent international credits include Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca in Norway as well as gala concerts in Norway and China.  Fracker most recently appeared in concert singing Mahler’s challenging Das Lied von der Erde with the Pueblo Symphony (Colorado.)  Career highlights include world debuts of Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox and Orphee, as well as Fracker’s Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor lead in Glass’s demanding Civil Wars. He has performed leading tenor roles in Spain, Italy, Norway, and Iceland, and with companies throughout the United States. Fracker has participated in the prestigious Spoleto Festival (Italy) and the Saito Kinen Festival (Japan) and has worked with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Carlos Kleiber, Nello Santi, Valery Gergiev, and Marco Armeliato.


Professor Caroline Hartig
College of Music
218 Music Practice Building
Phone: (517) 355-7645

Caroline Hartig is an acclaimed clarinet soloist and recording artist and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and has appeared with orchestras and contemporary-music ensembles in major concert halls including Carnegie Hall (where she also made her solo debut), Merkin Concert Hall, and the Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music and Symphony Hall (Boston). She has performed as a guest artist for the International Clarinet Association and has been heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. She may be heard on the compact disc Clarinet Brilliante (Centaur Records 2572) honored as a “Critics’ Choice” by the American Record Guide declaring; “Hartig dazzles with numbing, blazing fluidity and rich, luxuriant fervor…coiled virtuosity.” In an Overview of Woodwind Recordings, ARG cited Clarinet Brilliante as one of the “best of the best” for the performance of clarinet recital literature: “For some sweet-sounding barnburners, Caroline Hartig weaves a spellbinding recital.” Her compact disc Clarinet Brilliante II (Centaur 2808) was praised by American Record Guide noting, “The playing is mastery itself…Widely recognized and sought after for numerous new-music collaborations, Hartig has premiered and performed solo clarinet works by leading contemporary composers including Pulitzer-Prize winners William Bolcom and Donald Martino. She can be heard on the compact disc Dancing Solo (Innova 512) featuring the solo and chamber clarinet works of composer Libby Larsen. “It is in Dancing Solo that Ms. Hartig really demonstrates her musicality and prodigious technique…simply virtuosic” (The Clarinet). Recent residencies include a recording residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, in Banff, Alberta, Canada where Hartig recorded her latest compact disc, Chalumeau (Centaur 2965). Released in 2009, Chalumeau is comprised of benchmark contemporary unaccompanied solo clarinet works including Bolcom’s “Chalumeau” commissioned and premiered by Hartig in Tokyo, Japan. In demand as a master teacher and clinician Hartig has served as a juror for performance competitions including the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition and is on the clarinet faculty of the Vianden International Music Festival and School. Hartig is currently Associate Professor of Clarinet at Michigan State University. She is a Buffet Crampon artist and performs on the Buffet Festival clarinet. For more information visit


Professor Deborah Moriarty
College of Music
108 Music Practice Building
Phone: (517) 353-9121

Deborah Moriarty is professor of piano and chair of the keyboard area at the Michigan State University School of Music, where she is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. A Massachusetts native, she made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 11. She has also served on the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Lowell. Moriarty attended the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree with honors. She has studied with Russell Sherman, Theodore Lettvin, and Beveridge Webster. An active recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the eastern United States, she has also performed in Belgium, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, and the Soviet Union. Moriarty is a founding member of the Fontana Ensemble of Michigan, and as an advocate of new music, has participated in numerous premiere performances including Milton Babbitt’s “Whirled Series” at Merkin Hall in New York City. She has recordings on the Crystal and CRI labels.

Do I need a passport or visa?

U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States.  If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date.  If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of eight to ten weeks is usually required for processing.  During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required.  Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices.  They can also be downloaded from the Web.

For more information about passports visit the web page.

A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose.  The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early.  It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements.

For more information about visas visit the web page.

If you will be staying in Europe for longer than 90 days, you will need to contact the consulate(s) of your host country(ies) for advice on visas.

Are there special health issues?

As part of your acceptance you will complete a Student Health/Emergency Treatment Authorization. It is your responsibility to ensure that your routine immunizations are up-to-date; inquire whether there are recommended and/or required immunizations or medications for the country/countries you will visit (including any countries you will visit that are not part of the study abroad program’s itinerary); and review educational issues relevant to your personal health and safety.

For further health information and recommendations visit the "Health Issues" section of the Study Abroad Student Guide.

How much does it cost?

The program fee is $2,920 and includes the following:

  • application fee ($100)
  • deposit ($200)
  • pre-departure orientation
  • accommodations
  • some meals
  • accident and sickness insurance
  • field trips

Amounts not included in the program fee for which participants will need to budget include:

  • MSU tuition and fees*
  • airfare
  • additional meals
  • books and supplies
  • passport application fee
  • visa application fees (if applicable)
  • pre-departure doctor visits
  • pre-departure immunizations (if applicable)
  • personal spending money

Excluding tuition and fees*, these additional costs are estimated at $3,640.  Students may request a cost sheet which lists both the program fee and an estimate of additional expenses by contacting the Office of Study Abroad at (517) 353-8920.

*Check Student Accounts for current tuition, fees and taxes. MSU students pay the same amount they would pay to study at MSU; non-MSU students pay the Lifelong Education rate.

Approximately two months before the program’s departure date, students will receive an e-bill from the MSU Student Accounts Office for the study abroad program fee.  Students will also be e-billed for tuition and fees, based on the number of credits taken, once they have enrolled in courses.  (Both amounts may be billed at the same time.)

How can I get help to pay for it?

Financial assistance is available to students who make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) and MSU’s Office of Financial Aid. 

If you are an MSU student and indicate on your application that you plan to use financial aid to pay for your study abroad experience, OSA will forward an estimated cost sheet to the MSU Office of Financial Aid for processing.  This form will include all anticipated costs associated with the program, including airfare.

If you are a non-MSU student, please request financial aid from your home university.  If your university is unable to award you financial aid, contact the MSU Office of Study Abroad to apply for loans only and you will be provided with instructions on how to proceed.

For further information about financial aid, visit the Web page.

Additionally, MSU students applying to any credit-bearing study abroad program are eligible for OSA Scholarships.   Some scholarships are based exclusively on academic performance; others are based on a combination of academic performance and financial need.  Requirements are listed in the scholarship application.  The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 1st for summer programs.   

A generous endowment from the MSU Federal Credit Union, as well as additional resources provided through the Forest Akers Endowment, MSU Alumni Association, the Australia-Pacific Council, Eleanor and Charles Greenleaf Sr., Brigitte and Thomas Huff, the Georges Jules Joyaux Memorial Fund, the Kellogg Foundation, Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo, and contributors to the Overseas Study Endowment provide funding for these OSA scholarships.

For even more MSU scholarship opportunities through individual colleges or external scholarship possibilities (including funding for Multicultural students) visit the web page.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or download an application form.

Applications must be received in the Office of Study Abroad by March 1st for summer programs.  We strongly recommend that you apply early as this program may fill to capacity prior to this deadline.

Selection of applicants is done on a rolling admission basis - that is, applications are accepted and students are evaluated and considered for admission throughout the academic year.  Please remember that applying early and meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

A $100 application fee is required.  Students will receive an e-bill for the application fee that is applied to the cost of the program and is non-refundable once a student has accepted admission into the program.  Students who have accepted admission may also be billed for a non-refundable and non-transferable $200 deposit, also applied to the cost of the program.

Students who wish to withdraw their application are required to notify the Office of Study Abroad, in writing, that they no longer intend to participate.

Acceptance to all programs is based, minimally, on a faculty review of your transcript and a review of the Judicial Affairs Office records (MSU students) or Dean of Students Reference (non-MSU students).

Details about the admissions process, pre-departure information, what to know while you’re abroad, and information about returning home can be found in the Study Abroad Student Guide that will be sent to you with your acceptance letter.

What's next?
Come to a study abroad fair

Talk with a Peer Adviser

Read program evaluations

Attend an info meeting
Apply online

Additional Resources...  
Office of Financial Aid 252 Student Services

MSU Travel Clinic East Circle Drive

Academic Advisers

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities 120 Bessey Hall

Area Studies Centers International Center

MSU Global Access Information about the world -- its regions and peoples and important international issues
International Center

OSA contact info: Office of Study Abroad
Michigan State University
109 International Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035
Phone: (517) 353-8920
Fax: (517) 432-2082
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