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The International Wind Ensemble study abroad course for Summer 2017 will be taught by Dr. Erik Janners, Director of the Music Program at Marquette University. The course will consist of a series of rehearsals and two concerts during the time in Italy, in collaboration with students from Italian convervatories and other US Universities, and conducted by two other conductors in addition to Dr. Janners: Maestro Filippo Salemmi from Italy, conductor at the Conservatories of Bevagna and Norcia, and Dr. Larry Harper, Director of Instrumental Studies at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

In addition to the musical activities, several days will be set aside for exploring the culture and history of Italy, including trips to the historical sites of Assisi and Pompeii, among others. The program is a targeted and unique opportunity for students already within the Marquette University Bands program to have both a cultural and performance experience internationally.

July 14, 2017
Students gather in Bologna, Italy
Reservation at Hotel Nuovo del Porto
July 15
Check out and transfer to Pesaro by Train, departing at 3:35 pm
Check into hotel in Pesaro: Hotel Continental                                                                                                                            
Breakfast and Dinner are provided each day at the hotel. Lunch on your own!
This hotel is on the beachfront of the Adriatic Sea – swimming in the ocean will be available.
July 16-20 in Residence at the Conservatory of Music Gioacchino Rossini, Pesaro

July 16
Rehearsals at the Conservatory
Free time on the beach of the Adriatic Sea or exploring the town of Pesaro
July 17
Field trip to visit castles and historical sites of Gradara and Urbino
July 18 and 19
Rehearsals at the Conservatory
Free time on the beach of the Adriatic Sea or exploring the town of Pesaro
July 20
Final Concert at the Pesaro Conservatory in the Auditorium Pedrotti
July 21
Transfer by Train to Bevagna (arrival at Foligno train station), train departing at 7:51 am
Check into hotel in Torre del Colle, Turris Collis
Dinners provided each day at restaurant on site
Breakfast available to purchase at bar on site
July 22
Visit historical cities of Assisi and Spoleto by bus
July 23
Hiking trails in Torre del Colle or exploring the medieval town of Bevagna – student’s choice
July 24
Check out and travel by train to Salerno, train departing at 5:39 am
Check into lodgings in Salerno, Ostello Ave Gratia Plena
No meals are included at this hotel
July 24-28 in residence at the Conservatory of Music “Giuseppi Martucci” in Salerno
July 25
Rehearsal and visit to nearby Pompeii by Train
July 26
Rehearsal and trip to nearby Naples
July 27
Rehearsal and trip to visit beaches at the Amalfi Coast
July 28
Final Concert in the Conservatory of Salerno
July 29
Free day in Salerno or students may choose to visit (or re-visit!) another nearby attraction or historical site on their own
July 30
Depart Salerno for Fiumicino airport, Rome, and return to USA (or whatever other arrangement students have made)


Instructional delivery methods include: lecture and seminar on the repertoire being performed, musical rehearsal as a full group, musical rehearsal by sections, tours site visits and guest speakers. Students will be evaluated on their participation in all scheduled rehearsals and performances, as well as keeping a daily journal describing daily experiences and their thoughts and emotions about them, and turning it in at the end of the experience. Finally, a 10 page summative paper describing how the experience changed them and what growth they experienced both musically and personally.

Pre-departure the students will receive the parts for the music they will be performing on the concerts and it is the expectation that they will print out copies of this music and bring it with them. Additionally, that they spend 5-10 hours in practice prior to departure on the music. Additionally, we will hold two orientation sessions for the study abroad group prior to the end of the spring semester (exact dates and times TBD).


Housing will be in hotels.


Short-term Program Tuition (Marquette rates) *   $2,130.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance *   $38.00
Program Fee-billable *   $1,600.00
Meals   $400.00
Airfare   $1,200.00
Passport/Visa   $135.00
Other   $400.00
Total: $5,903.00


Bevagna, Italy-Bevagna is a village in the Umbria region of central Italy, close to Spello and in the Vale of Spoleto, that has been a settlement since at least the time of the Ancient Romans.The highlight of your visit to the pretty village is the medieval square called Piazza Silvestri with its two ancient churches and other 13th century buildings, but there are other sites of interest in the town so be sure to explore.

Bologna, Italy-Fusing haughty elegance with down-to-earth grit in one beautifully colonnaded medieval grid, Bologna is a city of two intriguing halves. On one side is a hard-working, hi-tech city located in the super-rich Po valley where suave opera-goers waltz out of regal theatres and reconvene in some of the nation's finest restaurants and trattorias. On the other is a Bolshie, politically edgy city that hosts the world's oldest university and is famous for its graffiti-embellished piazzas filled with students swapping fashion tips.
No small wonder Bologna has earned so many historical monikers. La Grassa (the fat one) celebrates a rich food legacy (ragù or bolognese sauce was first concocted here). La Dotta (the learned one) doffs a cap to the city university founded in 1088. La Rossa (the red one) alludes to the ubiquity of the terracotta medieval buildings adorned with miles of porticoes, as well as the city's longstanding penchant for left-wing politics. All three names still ring true. Bologna is the kind of city where you can be discussing Chomsky with a leftie newspaper-seller one minute, and be eating like an erstwhile Italian king in a fine restaurant the next.

Pesaro, Italy-Look beyond the concrete high-rise hotels and the crowds of bronzed holidaymakers jostling for towel space on the beach in August, and you'll find a lot to like about Pesaro.The town's setting is perfect, with beaches of fine golden sand fringing the Adriatic, a backdrop of undulating hills, and a pretty old town centred on the cafe-rimmed Piazza del Popolo, where the Renaissance Palazzo Ducale stands proud. The composer Rossini was so fond of his home town that he left it all of his possessions when he died (be sure to check out Casa Rossini while you're here).

Salerno, Italy-Salerno is often overlooked but it's a lively city and a crucial crossroads. The busy port town is situated between two of the best-known seaside areas of Campania - the Amalfi Coast and the Cilento National Park. Salerno was the scene of the Allied landings during World War II and suffered much damage, but today the city has become an important commercial center which boasts one of the largest seaports on the Tyrrhenian coast. White it has a prevalently modern appearance, it still retains an interesting and characteristic historic center with a maze of charming alleyways and a wealth of beautiful buildings and monuments

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