CASI 2015 members at one of our favorite views in Oxford: The Great Hall at Christ Church College (the inside of which is famously featured in all of the Harry Potter movies)

2017 Theme: Water

The Cornish-American Song Institute offers a three-week intensive study of Art-Song for vocalists,pianists, and composers in two of England’s most picturesque locales.  We have an internationally renowned roster of faculty members and our list of guest master teachers includes such luminaries as soprano Teresa Cahill, and pianist Roger Vignoles.

CASI is the BEST value for any multi-week European summer music training program at $3,595.  We keep costs affordable while giving students the benefit of some of the finest training in singing, collaborative piano, and interpretation.

CASI 2016 featured the exciting theme of Folk and Legend.  English and European culture, literature, and history are rife with fantastical tales of warrior kings, magic, terrifying creatures, and simple country life.  All of these themes are alive and well in art-song!  In 2016, students learned about both the folk tales and legendary sagas that have resulted in some of the genre’s most memorable and amazing songs.  Doing all of this amongst the castles, standing stones, ruins, and fields of bucolic England was an experience not to be missed!

The theme for CASI 2017 is Water.  In all of its forms, water has provided a vast source of life for music.  From German brooks to English seas, French fountains to Italian canals, Art Song has been inspired by water-based texts.  CASI 2017 will delve into the different interpretations of water by composers and poets through the centuries and will explore the sea-based culture of the British Isles with guest artists and day-trips.  Every student will sing at least one English Art Song and at least one song in a foreign language.

Week-One is spent in Oxford and is focused on an academic exploration of the history, context, composers, and texts of prepared musical settings while beginning work on applied musical technique and artistic interpretation with the CASI full-time faculty.  Additionally, students participate in master classes or lectures with John Traill (Director of Music, St. Anne’s College, Oxford), Robert Saxton (Director of Music, Worcester College, Oxford), and expert lecturers from other Oxford colleges.  Select students will have the opportunity to perform in a master class with the highly successful pedagogue and internationally performing tenor, Dr. Emilio Pons.

Following this residency, the Institute moves to Falmouth, Cornwall for our final two-weeks.  Here  participants use much of the information learned in Oxford as they begin in-depth technical, musical, and interpretive work in preparation for our final concerts with bi-weekly applied lessons, musical coachings, movement and interpretation classes, and guest masterclasses.

CASI students also experience England’s beauty, history, and majesty through several day trips.  Our past years have included tours of and excursions to:

  • The famed colleges of Oxford University
  • Christ Church College’s Great Hall – the inspiration for the same at Hogwarts!
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Lanhydrock: a quintessential country manor home
  • Tintagel Castle: legendary birthplace of King Arthur
  • Glastonbury Abbey
  • Glastonbury Tor
  • The Geevor Tin Mine
  • Avebury Standing Stones (2000 years older than Stonehenge!)
  • Eden Project: called the 8th wonder of the world
  • St. Michael’s Mount: an island castle and the legendary home of the Jack and the Beanstalk story
  • The Minack Theatre: an outdoor theater carved into the cliffs over the sea
  • Fal-River cruise
  • Pendennis Castle
  • Cornish historic sites
  • Newquay, Cornwall
  • Truro, Cornwall

Daily schedules include some or all of the following:

  • Applied lessons and coachings from:
    • Voice: Dr. David Sadlier, tenor; Dr. Soon Cho, mezzo; Dr. Rachel Copeland, soprano
    • Piano: Dr. Lelia Sadlier and Dr. Gregory Martin
  • Coachings with the above and internationally renowned counter-tenor, David DQ Lee
  • Movement and Interpretation classes with Scott Skiba
  • English Music Seminar with Dr. Gregory Martin
  • Guest masterclasses
  • Guest recitals
  • Guest lectures

Participants will present several recitals during the last days of the program.  We perform in a large variety of venues aimed at forging relationships with the English audiences.  Our venues have ranged from beautiful subtropical gardens to grand hotels overlooking the sea; beautiful century-old churches to Oxford colleges; and even a yacht-club on the River Fal!  In 2015 CASI began an exciting new relationship with the world famous concert venue: The Church of St. Endellion.  We are thrilled to continue this venture as one of our final performance venues.

Come join us for this career and life-changing experience.