Programs of Study

In 2018 CASI created specialized tracks for Performance and Choral Students offering unparalleled experiences both on the stage and podium.  In doing so, we have built an institute capable of individual education and opportunities with the resources to present major collaborative works.


CASI Performance Students in 2019 will experience all of the opportunities listed below plus be involved in our first-ever operetta production of the European-premiere of      The Ugly Princess.

  • CASI Fellow


    2018 Fellow, Brindley McWhorter, performing orchestrated song at the Holywell Music Building in Oxford.

The CASI Fellow track is reserved for advanced singers or pianists who are ready to tackle larger amounts of repertoire and be featured in high-level performance and educational settings. Our Fellows will be a select group of 4-8 participants who will be featured in public concerts while exploring both standard collaborative song repertoire and orchestrated song; receive applied lessons and coaching; receive individualized dramatic coaching; perform solos in pieces for massed choir and soloists; and attend all lectures and experiential learning events.  CASI Fellows will, most likely be recruited from advanced undergraduate through pre-professional singers and pianists.  The Fellows program is highly competitive and will feature a substantial scholarship component.

  • CASI Apprentice  


    CASI student, Cloe Gentille, in performance at the POLY in Falmouth.

Perfect for the emerging artist, the Apprentice experience will be focused on personal growth and development through our curriculum of applied lessons, coachings, lectures, theme-based experiential learning, and master classes.  Apprentice participants will be featured in the CASI Apprentice Performance Series and participate in all events of the program.  Select Advanced Apprentices will have the opportunity to “cover” Fellow level repertoire (song cycles and orchestrated song).

The CASI Apprentice program is highly personalized with repertoire choices made specifically to suit your stage of development and interests.


Commitment to expressivity, musicality, and text connection is not limited only to solo performers. In that, CASI has developed the Choral Program to offer an intensive summer-learning experience to both experienced choral conductors and current choral music education students.

Join us in England for 3 weeks of unparalleled choral training.


Tommy Cantu and Sam Utley in the St. Anne’s College Alumni choral workshop.

  • CASI Scholar  

The Scholar’s Program aimed at experienced choral conductors ready to hone their skills through the input of major international choral conductors and our Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Arian Khaefi.

During the Oxford component of CASI, Scholars will perform in master classes with Oxford chapel choirs under the tutelage of our Guest Master Teachers, sing in an Even Song service at Worcester College.  The Falmouth portion will focus on the preparation of a cappella works exploring selections from the vast wealth and history of the International choral repertory as related to the 2019 theme of Women: Composers, Poets, and Muses.  The experience will culminate in several participant-led public performances of repertoire for both choir and massed ensemble.

  • CASI Choral Apprentice

The consumate choral curriculum designed to lay the foundation for emerging choral conductors and music education students.  Students will be assigned level-appropriate repertoire to prepare as a conductor while building their skills on the podium.  All CASI Choral Program participants will also perform in the CASI Chorale.  Students from around the world are invited to participate in this consummate program where they will be immersed in the art of vocal music and choral conducting.

  1. English Choral tradition: Tours of Oxford churches with the varying choral traditions; historical information regarding the development of English choral music and techniques
  2. Performances: Evensong at Worcester College; choral concerts; solo performance on the Scholar’s Performance Series; Participant-led final choral performance; select, high-level vocal students, to participate in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Sheldonian Theater in Oxford,
  3. Lectures, master classes, and workshops: Sessions with famed English choral directors discussing the specifics of English Choral music and their rehearsal process including: Stephen Darlington (Christ Church College, Oxford), Owen Rees (Queen’s College, Oxford), and Jeremy Summerly (St. Peter’s College, Oxford)
  4. Observations: attend the Chapel Choir rehearsals at the vaunted Oxford colleges listed above.
  5. Perform choral concerts both as a singer and conductor: Following instruction both in the ensemble and on the podium, Scholar’s will be featured in their own concert dedicated specifically to choral music
  6. Applied lessons and interpretation classes: All Scholar’s will also receive applied lessons (vocal or piano) and participate in their own interpretation classes to develop creativity and physical expression
  7. Choral Fundamentals: Participants will partake in a thorough, well-rounded, and outside-of-the-box choral curriculum including:
    1. Private Conducting Lessons
    2. Group Conducting Seminar
    3. Choral Literature lectures
    4. Repertoire Reading Sessions
    5. Aural Mindfulness Development
    6. Movement and Interpretation
    7. Applied Vocal or Piano Lessons
  8. Cornish choral tradition: The county of Cornwall has a rich choral tradition ranging from secular folk songs, to sea-shanties, to liturgical music. Scholar’s will learn about this amazing repertoire and institution.
  9. Day trips and tours at theme-specific locales to fuel your interpretive instincts and fire.

The CASI Scholar’s Program is the only one of its kind for students and young professionals seeking to grow as conductors and musicians. Come ignite your passion for the choral arts while exploring the beauty, history, and culture of Oxford and the Cornish Riviera.

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