International Singing Week 2015

International Singing Week 2015

25 – 31 July, Ávila, Spain


“An Iberian Requiem”

The Requiem Mass in the Iberian Peninsula in the Siglo de Oro



Group – in – Residence


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The Requiem Mass composed by Tomás Luis de Victoria in 1603 for the funeral rites of the Empress Dowager Maria, to whom he was personal chaplain, is considered by many to be his finest work and one of the most important works of Spanish renaissance polyphony.

In this course we will trace the development of settings of the requiem mass in the Iberian peninsula during the XVIth and early XVIIth centuries, featuring examples from Morales, Vasquez, Guerrero, Lobo and Cardoso as well as the two settings of Victoria. Also included in the course will be motets commonly sung during the rites.

The course will be held in Ávila, in the heart of old Castille, home to St Teresa of Ávila ( 2015 celebrates the 500th anniversary of her birth) and St John of the Cross, both contemporaries of the composers featured during the week.



The week includes various activities in the programme:

Individual vocal technique sessions. Each student should bring a prepared piece to work on applied vocal technique with the teachers on a one to one basis.

Group vocal technique sessions. These are held with the various teachers, including warmups, posture considerations, breathing, relaxation techniques, etc.

Individual masterclass (optional, only for those students who specifically apply for it, with a maximum of 12). The student will perform a piece of their own election with piano, while the various teachers make observations relating to style, interpretation, etc. Other course students sit in on these sessions.

Full choir sessions. The whole group rehearses the sacred music programme.

Small groups or “consort” sessions. So that the students become accustomed to singing alone or with just one or two singers per part, within a small group that will work on other works of the period, under the direction of the teachers.

Students that come as pre-formed groups will also be able to work in their own group.

Cultural activities: presentations, cultural visits, etc.

Formal and informal concerts. The group will perform the course repertoire in various settings, including some of the most important churches of Ávila and the region.



 Example of a typical day:

09.30-10.30  Warm up and group vocal technique

10.30-12.00  CHOIR (during which there are individual lessons)

12.30-14.00  Consort groups         (directed by the members of EPU)

16.00-18.30  Individual Masterclasses *

19.00-20.30  FULL CHOIR

21.30             Evening activities

* There is a limit of 12 participants for the Masterclasses. As this is often oversubscribed, students applying to participate will be selected by the faculty on the first day of the course.

At the end of the course there will be a public concert

avila cathedral concert 2013


The first session will be Saturday 25th July at 5 pm.

Participants may arrive the previous evening.

The course will be held in English and Spanish, with translators on hand.

There will be concerts on Thursday 30th July and Friday 31st July. For those who wish to stay for the night after the final concert, there will be review of the week on the morning of Saturday 1 August. In addition to the concerts the course will have approximately 40 teaching hours. Students with at least 80% attendance will receive a diploma on completion of the course.


Student profile:

Choir directors, section leaders and choristers

Level – medium to advanced, with good reading skills

Scores will be sent in advance for prior study.

The course organisers reserve the right of admission to the course.

The course organisers reserve the right to change the programme in the case of force majeure.


The course fee is €220. Masterclass session €30.


The dates for registration and matriculation are the following:

. Pre-Registration: From 1 September 2015

The pre-registrations received will be evaluated by the Musical Director and applicants will be informed of their admission to the project. The organisation may request an audition or a voice recording from candidates.

. Sending of scores. Once an application has been accepted, scores will be sent digitally forthwith.

. There is a limit of places. The organisation reserves the right to admit students and the right to change the programme due to force majeur.

For any queries, the telephone for contact is: (34) 609 039 333 (between the hours of 19:00 to 22:00 CET) or by email to

The course matriculation fee should be paid using bank transfer to the following account. We ask you not to make any transfer until admission to the project has been confirmed.

Beneficiary: Zenobia Música Asociación Cultural
Banco Sabadell c/c:  IBAN: ES05 0081 0638 5600 0156 0959

Please put the name of the student in the concept field.

We also accept international payments using Paypal:

Marcas de aceptación



The course will be held in Ávila, in the Real Monasterio de Santo Tomás.

There is lodging with full board in the Monastery residence for those course members who wish it. The grounds have fine gardens and shady areas also to enjoy in family if you would like to come accompanied. In addition, it is very close to the centre of the city, with the historic and cultural heritage that this city enjoys.

The participants do not have to reserve the lodging in the monastery directly, in the case of staying there. The organisation of the course already has a block booking of rooms to allocate to the students who would like them.

The lodging is paid directly to the monastery and the price for full board is 44 euros/ day per person in a single room, and 38.50 euros/ day per person in a double room.

Ávila also boasts a wide selection of hotels and other accommodation for those who do not wish to stay in the monastery.

For more information about the monastery residence see:






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