Sam Utley in master class with international super star tenor, Lawrence Brownlee at CASI 2017

2018 Theme: Ritual, Rite, and Religion

CASI 2017 has just finished, but we are planning ahead for the 2018 season.  We were thrilled to host international stars Lawrence Brownlee, Roger Vignoles, and Teresa Cahill during our 2017 program and look forward to our guest faculty announcements for next year very soon.

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 a decorated list of guest master teachers.

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.

The theme for CASI 2017 was 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 delved into the different interpretations of water by composers and poets through the centuries and will explored the sea-based culture of the British Isles with guest artists and day-trips.  CASI students punted the River Cherwell in Oxford; sailed Carrick Roads in Falmouth; explored the National Maritime Museum; and visited the iconic Cornish coastal locations of St. Ives, Porthleven, Marazion, and St. Michael’s Mount.  Our students experience the background for the music to strengthen their own interpretive palette.


CASI 2017 Students at our favorite view in Oxford: Christ Church College

CASI 2018 will explore Ritual, Rite, and Religion. England is a land rich with ancient pagan sites, medieval religious ruins, and a deep history of cultural ceremony.  These elements have shaped the culture and history of the UK and are imbedded deeply in the musical tradition and art-song repertory.

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.  Additionally, our Oxford segment has played host to guest master teachers such as Roger Vignoles, Lawrence Brownlee, Teresa Cahill, Emilio Pons, and others.

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; Dr. Gregory Brookes, baritone
    • 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

Martha Rose Hayes working with legendary English Soprano, Teresa Cahill.

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.