Study Abroad in Todi, Italy

The MSU College of Music offers a summer Study Abroad program in Todi, Italy, in partnership with the Centro Studi Carlo Della Giacoma, a cultural association founded in 1998 and named for the composer, musicologist, and conductor Carlo Della Giacoma.

This annual program is led by College of Music faculty members Deborah MoriartyRichard Fracker and Suren Bagratuni. Students participate in master classes and the concert series. They gain firsthand knowledge of Italian culture and language and have time to explore large city centers as well as the countryside. Todi, a beautiful medieval town of ancient origin, is located in the heart of the Umbrian valley halfway between Rome and Florence on a hilltop overlooking the Tevere River. 

For more information, visit the program's page on the MSU Office of Study Abroad website: Master Classes at the Centro Studi Carlo Della Giacoma.

Here's what past participants have to say about the program: 

2015 Concert Series

Venue: Jacopone da Todi
High School Concert Hall (Via Roma 9)

Friday 12 June, 9:30 p.m.
Piano Masterpieces: The most famous pieces of the greatest composers

Friday 19 June, 9:30 p.m.
PotPourri: Concert for voice, piano and cello 

Thursday 25 June, 9:30 p.m.
Cello Plus: Explore the beautiful harmonics of the cello 

Friday 26 June, 9:30 p.m.
Viva l’ Amore: A celebration of the bella voice!

Sunday 21 June
European Music Day
Venue: Palazzo Morelli Art Gallery (V. Del Duomo 23) 

  • 12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M. Concierto de Aranjuez- para guitarra di Joaquin
    Rodrigo Giulio Castrica guitar, Tamar Mikeladze piano
  • 4:30 P.M. – 5:00 p.m. Fa una canzona
    Concert featuring MSU piano and voice students
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. A Piacere
    Concert featuring Suren Bagratuni cello, James Forger saxsophone, Richard Fracker tenor, Deborah Moriarty piano

Venue: Church of S. Maria In Cammuccia (V.S. Maria in Cammuccia 39)

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Cellorama
    Concert featuring MSU cello students

About Carlo Della Giacoma and the Centro Studi Carlo Della Giacoma

Born in Verona in 1858, Della Giacoma was a composer, musicologist, and conductor. First clarinet by the age of 16 at the Teatro La Scala in Milan, he served as a clarinetist in the Royal Army and then in Capo Musica. Later he was appointed conductor of the Todi municipal band. Thanks to his extensive travels, he met and worked with Pietro Mascagni, Giovanni Pascoli, Giosuè Carducci, Giovanni Marradi, and Pietro Gori. He died in 1929 in Todi. 

The Centro Studi Carlo Della Giacoma publishes and promotes Della Giacoma's studies, scores, compositions, books, letters, and methods throughout the world; organizes national and international master classes and music competitions; publicizes the performance of his music in Italy and abroad; and sponsors cultural events in the towns where Della Giacoma lived and worked, including Turin, Verona, Livorno, Ancona, Milan, Palermo, Mantova, and Todi. 

Centro Studi Carlo Della Giacoma
Via S. Prassede 31
06059 Todi (PG)