The Cortona Sessions Contemporary Chamber Music Initiative (CCMI) is a program designed to encourage pre-formed chamber ensembles to attend the Sessions. Ensembles will have new works written expressly for their ensembles which they will premiere at the Sessions. They will also have the opportunity to perform works from their repertoire on a special profile concert during the Sessions. In addition, all ensemble members will have the opportunity to perform additional premieres as soloists or in mixed ensembles with faculty and other participants. Ensembles will receive reduced tuition, special coachings, and all benefits of attending the Cortona Sessions. Participating ensembles will leave the Sessions with the title Ensemble Fellow of the Cortona Sessions. Ensembles interested in being part of the Chamber Music Initiative should be committed to furthering their work together as a group beyond their time in Cortona, and should have some evidence of performance success. Ensemble of any size are eligible to apply. 


deadline:  December 15, 2018 (email)
eligibility:  all performers age 18 and over
application fee:  $25 (paid online via PayPal)
          Chamber Music Initiative:  $1,200USD/pp
          (for a group of 2 or more in a pre-formed ensemble)

paid online via PayPal - can be paid in installments w/authorization


tuition includes:

  • 14 nights in Hotel Oasi Neumann w/breakfast 
  • round-trip train to Florence
  • attendance/participation in all festival events


additional/supplemental cost  

single room:  $300 (for saxophone sessions, $210)
wine tour:  €150 (paid in Cortona - cash preferred)


application form

Please complete and submit the online application form.


supplemental materials

In addition to the application form, please submit the following:

  • a recording demonstrating your performance ability - at least three contrasting pieces (one should be from the 20th/21st Century)

  • please submit an electronic format via email (preferred) or dropbox

  • contact info for a recommendor who can comment on the applicant in both professional and social settings

email all supplemental materials to:


info for percussionists

Percussion at the Cortona Sessions will be limited to marimba and portable/small percussion instruments. Rental of additional percussion is possible, but must be coordinated by the attending percussionists.