Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop

July 8-17, 2023

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Join choral musicians from all over the globe in stunning Tuscany for the 2023 Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop. We gear this choral workshop toward music educators in public and private schools, undergraduate and graduate music majors, music directors and choral ensemble members in churches and religious institutions, community chorus conductors and singers, and pre-professional and professional conductors and singers who are interested in rehearsing and performing choral music in an intimate setting.

Workshop alumni include Mark Anthony Carpio (Conductor, Philippine Madrigal Singers), Caron Daley (Director of Choral Activities, Duquesne University; USA), Jurica Petar Petrač (Oratorio Choir of the St. Mark’s Church; Croatia), Alyson Greer Espinosa (Director of Choral Music, Westborough High School; USA), Joel Tranquilla (Choeur de Chambre du Canada), Cameron LaBarr (Director of Choral Studies, Missouri State University; USA), Alexander Naji (Kantorei Tokyo Yokohama; Japan), Cheryll Chung (Artistic Director, Cantabile Chamber Singers; Canada), Justyna Chelmińska (Chorus Master, Warsaw Medical University Orchestra Chorus, Poland), Brianne Biastoff (Choral Director, Nashua High School, USA), and student conductors and singers from the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, University of Southern California, Oklahoma State University, Notre Dame, UMass Amherst, University of Connecticut, University of Arizona, and the University of Toronto. 

We invite you to join our summer choral family. Apply today!


2023 Musica Sacra Session

Each morning session will begin with ensemble voice building with Jamie-Rose Guarrine, followed by the Intermediate Conducting Masterclass led by Dr. Tony Thornton. The afternoon session will include an Advanced Conducting Masterclass with Simon Carrington, followed by vocal chamber music rehearsals with Marcello Mazzetti and Livio Ticli.

Saturday, July 8 – Mini-Intensives – Simon Carrington and Jamie-Rose Guarrine

Sunday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 12 – Workshop part 1

Thursday, July 13 – FREE day

Friday, July 14 – Monday, July 17 – Workshop part 2 and concert

Transportation and Accommodations

Participants handle their own accommodations and transportation to and from the workshop. Sarteano is a small town with just a few hotels within walking distance of the workshop, so we recommend that you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible if you wish to stay there and walk to the workshop. July is high season, and as there are almost nightly festivals around this time, it is a popular and exciting place to visit.

If you are planning to have a car during your stay, you will have many more wonderful options of both hotels and lovely agriturismo to choose from on the outskirts of Sarteano or in nearby Chiusi or Chianciano Terme. There is ample parking near the main piazza in Sarteano, but be prepared to get plenty of uphill exercise. The town and our workshop space is situated (as are many Tuscan villages) on a hill.

Recommended Hotels

La Gustea (main Workshop hotel) – 65 euros per person plus a 1 euro tax per person daily. Double and triple rooms available. Includes breakfast. Please email Nadia directly at to book your accommodations for the Workshop. 

Albergo Santa Chiara – Daily rates range from 90-120 euros per day, plus a 1 euro tax. Breakfast is included. This stunning hotel is a former 16th century convent. 

Ai Lecci in Centro (Bed and Breakfast) – Daily rates range from 100-120 euros per day, plus a 1 euro tax. Breakfast is included. 

There are a number of excellent short term rentals available on AirBnb and Vrbo.