The Cortona Sessions Auditor/Groupie Program is open to both musicians and non-musicians wishing to experience the Sessions.
The Auditor Program at the Cortona Sessions for New Music was created as a way to involve musicians who either:
- wish to attend the Cortona Sessions but not be pressured with performance or composition requirements.
- were not accepted as full participants because of space limitations.
- want to learn and experience the festival but either cannot afford the full tuition, or prefer a less structured environment.
Auditor performers are encouraged to bring their instruments and are welcome to perform in improv sessions and on recitals if space is available during the festival. If a particular need for another performer should come up, they may be included in certain premiere performances. Auditor performers will not receive lessons or perform in masterclasses, but the may attend and participate in all festival sessions and observe lessons. For a small extra fee and if time permits, auditor performers may request lessons with Cortona Sessions faculty.
Auditor composers may be able to present their work in participant show-and-tell sessions, attend all lectures, symposiums, and recitals, and may perform their own works on evening concerts should they desire to do so. Auditor composers will not be given premiere performances by performance participants. One of the most valuable aspects of attending as an auditor program is the opportunity to circulate your music and make wonderful friendships with performers and composers for the future.
The Groupie Program is designated for any non-musicians attending the Sessions. This is largely for family and friends wishing to attend the concerts and experience Cortona. All groupies are invited to all Sessions activities and events.
In addition to participating in Cortona Sessions symposiums and discussions, auditors and groupies will also be given round-trip train tickets to Florence for an excursion and will enjoy all other festival events and parties.
In addition to participating in Cortona Sessions symposiums and discussions, auditors will also be given round-trip train tickets to Florence for an excursion and will enjoy all other festival events and parties.
Auditor/Groupie Application Requirements
deadline: January 1, 2019
eligibility: anyone age 18 and over
(under 18 must be pre-approved)
application fee: no application fee required
tuition: $1,200USD (paid online via PayPal)
- 14 nights in Hotel Oasi Neumann w/breakfast
- round-trip train to Florence
- attendance to all festival events
single room: $300
wine tour: €150 (paid in Cortona - cash preferred)
Please complete and submit the online application form.
no supplemental materials required; materials may be requested if you would like to perform.