Zenobia Summer Course 2024


Ávila  12 – 17 August 2024

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The Spanish Golden Age

Course director Rupert Damerell

The Zenobia Summer Course in Ávila is an extremely enriching event that attracts singers from all over the world. This course is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Renaissance sacred music from the 15th and 16th centuries in Spain. During the course, participants have the opportunity to study and perform masterpieces by prominent composers such as Morales, Victoria, Vivanco, Guerrero and many others.

Aimed at singers with experience but who may be new to performing Renaissance polyphony, the course provides the tools necessary to explore the repertoire in depth and develop the technical skills necessary for authentic interpretation.

In addition to delving into the repertoire, the course also focuses on the study of how music works and the specific techniques for singing it. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about polyphonic structure, proper breathing techniques, accurate intonation, and other skills fundamental to successful performance of Renaissance music.

The historic enclave of Ávila, with its rich artistic and musical tradition, offers an ideal setting for the Zenobia Summer Course. Participants will be immersed in an inspiring environment as they explore Renaissance sacred music in its original context.

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or a singing student, the Zenobia Summer Course provides you with a unique experience to expand your knowledge and skills in a stimulating and collaborative environment. Immerse yourself in the beauty and sophistication of Renaissance sacred music and discover the pleasure of performing it authentically. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for artistic and musical growth!

We will visit the places where Saint Teresa, Saint John of the Cross, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Cristóbal de Morales or the Grand Inquisitor Torquemada once lived, and we will enjoy a final performance in one of the historic churches of Ávila. This tour will take us through the rich cultural and historical legacy of Ávila, one of the most fascinating cities in Spain.

2022 Course final concert

The Course will start on Monday 12th August 2024 at 16:30 and finish with a concert on Saturday 17th in the evening.

The course will take place in Avila, at the Colegio Mayor Magistral Honcala, http://magistralhoncala.com    very close to the historic city centre. A former Seminary, now it is used as a university hall of residence, boasting all the facilities – teaching rooms, dining room, wifi throughout, recently refurbished sleeping areas, parking, etc.

There is full board accommodation in the Hall for those course students 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. Ávila boasts a wide variety of hotels and other accommodation available to participants.

The participants do not have to reserve the lodging in the residence 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 residence and the price for full board is 54,04 euros/ day per person in a single room, and 51,64 euros/ day per person in a double room (2023 prices – to be revised for 2024)

Student profile:

Choir directors, section leaders and choristers

Level –  intermediate to advanced, with some choral experience

Scores will be sent in advance for prior study.

Course fee: €220 euros. This fee includes the tuition cost, organised visits and the scores in digital format. It does not include board and lodging. See below for more information in this respect.

The seminar will have approximately 30 hours of rehearsal time, in addition to the concert. 

The course will be held mainly in English, with translation to Spanish on hand for those who require.

The dates for registration and matriculation are the following:

Registration: From 1 November 2023

The 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, and deposit paid, scores will be sent digitally

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

For any queries, please send email to info@zenobiamusica.com

We check the inscriptions regularly. If you do not receive any reply from us within a day, please write to us at info@zenobiamusica.com



Contact: info@zenobiamusica.com

avila cathedral concert 2013


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