Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School

Logo of Conservatorio Statale di Musica Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco Verona With the generous support of
Il Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco” di Verona


From Monday 3 to Saturday 15 July 2017 the fourth Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School will take place in Verona, Italy. Estivo will comprise two weeks of intensive small ensemble study and performance opportunities for 37 enrolled tertiary students with faculty from Sydney and Europe. The group departs Sydney Saturday 1 July 2017 – there will be no students permitted to depart prior to this date.

All travel, accommodation and tuition will be provided. All meals will be at the student’s expense.

The home for the Summer School will once again be the Conservatorio di Verona, an historic stone building with a large cloister in its centre often used for outdoor performances during summer.

The Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School is a unique opportunity for students to focus their chamber music skills in an intensive and detailed way. The Summer School is held over two weeks in Verona, Italy with daily lessons from exceptional international tutors, masterclasses and performances.

In 2017 the student groups will comprise three string quartets, two piano trios, one wind quintet (or other small wind ensemble), one brass ensemble, up to six singers and three pianists who will be working as collaborative artists on art songs with singers.

Auditions are open to any enrolled student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, who will still be enrolled in July 2017. The duration for each audition will be 15 minutes.

Audition requirements:

Estivo placements are only available to students who are currently enrolled at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as at July 2017.

String quartets should prepare two contrasting quartets including one quartet by Haydn and one quartet of choice. The audition panel may hear any movement of the chosen works or part thereof.

Piano trios should prepare two piano trio works including: One trio by Haydn or Mozart and a trio by either Beethoven, Smetana, Mendelssohn C min, Brahms C minor, Dvorak, Faure or Schumann, Debussy, Arensky, Shostakovitch.

Wind ensembles should prepare two complete works from which a selection will be chosen by the panel.

Brass quintets should prepare two complete works from which a selection will be chosen by the panel.

Singers should prepare three contrasting art songs with at least one in German. It is advisable that they audition with a pianist who also intends to audition for the festival as it will be taken into account at the audition whether the duo work well together.

At Estivo 2017, the emphasis for singers and collaborative pianists will be on German lieder in particular those works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wolf.

2017 Auditions

Auditions will be held in March 2017 – 13 March 2017 from 4pm – vocal and piano and 19 March 2017 from 9am for all other ensembles. Brass, woodwind, piano trio and string ensembles – you may audition as part of ONE group only (not multiple ensembles).

Please register for your audition here. All ensembles to submit a group CV (or a combined page with individual CVs).

More info about Estivo can be found on the website: or contact Kate Drain 02 9351 1439 or


Attendance at Estivo is a well-deserved privilege. Each student who participates in this opportunity will abide by the Estivo Participation and Commitment rules.

For more information please contact Kate Drain.


This will be updated in early 2017.