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Composition for the musical theatre

Coordinating teacher: Marco Taralli

1. Applicants

The course is open to a maximum of 4 candidates of any nationality between the age of 18 and 35.

2. Purpose of the course

The course aims to a complete theatrical, musical and choreography formation through a learning path that faces all of the problems linked to the profession of “composer for the musical theater”. Starting from a dramaturgical analysis of a theater text, the student will face techniques of vocal writing and instrumental techniques, alongside with: orchestration, elaboration from and for various instrumentations from the chamber ensemble to the symphonic orchestra specifically for theater’s applications, until the composition of a score for a prose or ballet show scene’s music or the composition of a lyrical opera. The course includes lessons and master classes, taught by established professionals and artists that will allow you to live the direct experience of the stage.

3. Duration

The course will take place at the Teatro Coccia in Novara and will be divided into several not continuous periods starting from November 2022 to November 2024. The lessons will be planned in accordance with the theater’s schedule, with particular attention to musical theater productions and alongside with other courses’ classes. In case of course’s interruption "due to force majeure" we will proceed with Distance Learning mode through the dedicated online platform for theoretical lessons, while practical lessons and work experience periods will be postponed.

4. Training program

The course includes a minimum of 8 meetings aimed at the realization of one or more works for musical theater, to be agreed with the teacher after the interview for admission to the course. In addition, during these meetings, students will attend rehearsals of first performances of works commissioned by Teatro Coccia or by co-producing theaters and will attend master classes with composers included in the calendar of the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 seasons.

The direction of the theater in agreement with the teacher will reserve the possibility to commission the most valuable students the composition of works and / or new arrangements for the productions of the season.

The calendar of meetings will be shared after the outcome of admission. The calendar may be subject to changes that will be promptly communicated to students.

5. Application procedure for selection

No specific qualification is required to enter the selection; however it is necessary, a good knowledge of harmony, counterpoint and musical theater.
It will be necessary to send by e-mail (subject of the e-mail "AMO - CORSO COMPOSIZIONE") the following documents:

  • Completed application form (attachment A) with photocopy F/R of your ID and fiscal code;
    *For foreigners is also required to send documents of stay;
  • Detailed educational and artistic curriculum;
  • A maximum of 5 scores, possibly related to musical theater, accompanied by recordings and/or midi files to be sent with a link to YouTube or similar service through www.wetransfer.com, with date and place of recording;
  • Receipt of payment by bank transfer in favour of Fondazione Teatro Carlo Coccia di Novara IBAN IT 80
    X 05034 10100 000000042424 of the application fee of € 40,00 (IVA included)

Email address: segreteria.amo@fondazioneteatrococcia.it

6. Selection

Students selected by the Academy faculty will be inviteded to participate in a live meeting that will be held at the Teatro Coccia in Novara in the first two weeks of November 2021.

7. Deadlines and time limits
  • by and no later than 24:00 GMT+1 on October 10, 2022 the applications for admission, accompanied by what is indicated in point 5, must be sent to the e-mail address segreteria.amo@fondazioneteatrococcia.it
  • by October 14, 2022 selected candidates will be notified of the date and time of the meeting by e-mail;
  • in October 2022 the meeting will be held at the Teatro Coccia in Novara;
  • at the end of the meeting the names of the candidates admitted to the course will be communicated.
8. Costs and conditions of participation

The course fee for admitted students is € 1.500,00 (IVA included), including teaching handouts and scores of the works of the training plan.

The participation fee must be paid in 3 installments of € 500,00 each by bank transfer in favor of Fondazione Teatro Carlo Coccia di Novara IBAN IT 80 X 05034 10100 000000042424 and sending the receipt of payment to the e-mail address segreteria.amo@fondazioneteatrococcia.it

Deadline 3 installments: 01/11/2022 – 14/12/2022 – 25/01/2023
It is specified that if the installments are not regularly paid within the specified time, will be interrupted attendance at the course

The costs of food and acomodation will be at the expense of the students, who can benefit of the agreements that Teatro Coccia Foundation has entered into with hotels and restaurants in the city.

Frequency in the course is required. Any needs that may partially compromise participation in the lessons and productions must be communicated to the secretariat of the Academy. It is also possible for students to participate as auditors in other academy courses.

The students will have the opportunity, thanks to a special membership, to participate as an audience to all the performances of the Teatro Coccia season.

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