Michael Chance Countertenor

Teaching & masterclasses


for Singers, Harpsichord, Lute and Theorbo

19th – 30th August 2016

Michael Chance invites Singers, Harpsichord, Lute & Theorbo Players, and observers to join him and his team of internationally celebrated artists and teachers in the historic city of Siena. As in the past, there will be a range of musical activities, with ample opportunity to attend classes and lectures, have private tuition, learn the Alexander Technique, work with accompanists (on piano and harpsichord), perform, and enjoy leisure time in and around this beautiful inspiring city. Our hosts will once again be the renowned school of humanities, Siena School for Liberal Arts.


Deborah York Lyric-Colloratura Soprano
Deborah York was born and educated in Sheffield and graduated in musicology from Manchester University. She has gone on to enjoy a distinguished performing career working with musicians of the highest calibre across a wide spectrum of musical styles and genres. Deborah's operatic career began at Glyndebourne opera where she sang the role of Servilia in Mozart's 'La Clemenza di Tito'. This led to further roles singing Mozart and Donizetti at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. » more
Elisabeth Priday Soprano
Elisabeth Priday studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and whilst there she joined the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner. This marked the beginning of her career as a specialist in Early and Baroque music, both as a soloist and as an ensemble singer. She is a member of the Deller Consort, and has sung for Christopher Hogwood and Trevor Pinnock, and also with the Tallis Scholars. She's now keen to pass on her expertise and enthusiasm to the next generation of singers. » more
Michael Chance, CBE Countertenor - Professor at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague - Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London
In opera, oratorio, recital and in recording, Michael Chance has been singing to worldwide acclaim for over thirty years. His success has helped spread the appeal of counter-tenors, and foster the explosion of interest in baroque music. In addition, he has sung the first performances of a large body of new work by living composers. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. He received the CBE in 2009. » more
Daniel Taylor Countertenor - Head of Historical Performance at The University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, Daniel Taylor is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world. Daniel appears on more than 100 recordings which include Bach Cantatas/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner (for Deutsche Grammophone Archiv and SDG). As an educator, Daniel has offered master classes at the Beijing Conservatory, the Sao Paolo Conservatory, at the Royal Academy, the Guildhall and the Royal College of Music. The University of Toronto recently appointed Daniel Taylor to the position of Head of Historical Performance in the Faculty of Music. » more
Ian Partridge, CBE Tenor - Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London
Ian Partridge is one of Britain's leading lyric tenors. His wide repertoire 
has encompassed the music of Monteverdi, Bach and Handel, the Elizabethan lute songs, German, French and English songs and first performances of new works. He appeared regularly as soloist with major choirs and orchestras in Britain and throughout the rest of the world. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the CBE in 1992 for services to music. Ian retired from singing at the end of 2008, but continues to teach, give masterclasses and adjudicate. » more
Paul Beier Lute - Professor at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, Milan
Paul Beier graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. He has performed in Europe, North and South America and Australia as soloist, director of Galatea, member of various groups and as continuo player in orchestral and opera productions. His solo lute repertoire extends from the Italian Cinquecento to the music of Bach and Weiss. Since 1981 Paul Beier has taught lute, continuo and ensemble at the Scuole Civiche di Milano.» more
Giulia Nuti Harpsichord - Head of the Early Music dept. of Scuola di Musica di Fiesole
Harpsichordist Giulia Nuti has appeared in venues throughout Europe as a soloist and continuo player. A specialist in Italian music and treatises of the baroque, her book "The performance of Italian basso continuo" (Ashgate 2007) is cited as an essential text for performers and scholars of basso continuo. Giulia teaches harpsichord at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, where she leads the department of Early Music; she also holds a research post at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. » more
Fiona Tree Alexander Technique - Royal Conservatory, The Hague
Fiona Tree teaches the Alexander Technique programme at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Since introducing the course into the bachelor curriculum in 1999, she has taught well over a thousand students and professors, both individually and in workshops. Fiona has been teaching musicians for 30 years. She is regularly invited to give courses, workshops and master classes throughout The Netherlands and internationally. » more


Rebecca Taylor Accompanist
Born and educated in North Yorkshire, Rebecca made her concerto debut at the age of 17 performing Shostakovich's 2nd piano concerto. Under the tuition of Jeremy Young of the RNCM, she was awarded a performance scholarship to the annual Birmingham International Piano Academy in 2005 and the following year she won the Piano Academy's concerto competition. She is currently playing as accompanist for Celine Forrest, who is taking part on the Cardiff Singer of the World Competiton, currently taking place, and being shown on BBC Television, on BBC 4. » more
Iason Marmaras Keyboards
Iason Marmaras is a keyboard player, singer, and the founder and leader of the ensemble Os Orphicum. He was awarded a Master’s degree on Harpsichord (2012) under Fabio Bonizzoni and Ton Koopman; and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Music Singing (2011) under Barbara Pearson, Kees Jan de Koning, Jill Feldman, Michael Chance and Peter Kooij; at the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag, the Netherlands. » more


There will be a scheduled ensemble rehearsal each evening for an hour. Repertoire will be detailed after all applications have been submitted. It is hoped to work on both a cappella repertoire and also with instruments, using all the students on the course.


Non-residential Residential
August 19-30: €900 €1500
August 19-23: €500 €800
August 25-30: €600 €900

Non-residential prices include tuition and all other academic activities such as masterclasses with guest artists, lectures and concerts.

Residential prices further include 3 evening meals in each portion of the course and shared accommodation in nearby apartments. Single bedroom accommodation may be arranged for €25 per night extra (limited availability).

Auditors are also welcomed to sit in on all our academic activities: lessons, masterclasses, lectures, concerts. For more information on auditing options please contact: valeria.indice@sienaschool.com

Cost for accommodation for non-participating partners, or friends: €45 per day, room-sharing. Related non-academic activities together with the group (such as dinners or field- trips) are extra and will be paid on site.


We hope to offer up to ten bursaries of up to 50% to applicants in full-time education. Applications for a bursary should be made with the initial application, with an accompanying letter and a reference from a current teacher.

SienAgosto 2016 concerts
Sunday 21 August 2016, 18:30
Contrada di Valdimontone: Concert and visit of the Museum.
Tuesday 23 August 2016, 21:15
SIENAGOSTO ACADEMY CONCERT at Basilica della Collegiata - Asciano.
Friday 26 August 2016, 18:00
SIENAGOSTO ACADEMY CONCERT at Accademia dei Fisiocritici - Siena.
Monday 29 August 2016, 18:30
Contrada dell'Onda: Concert and visit of the Museum.
Tuesday 30 August 2016, 17:30
'Welcome to all the Pleasures' - SIENAGOSTO ACADEMY CONCERT at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena, Via San Pietro 29, Siena
Admission to the concert requires a ticket to enter the Pinacoteca (4 euro).
Michael Chance, Singing Teacher

Professor in the Vocal Faculty of the Historically Informed department at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Netherlands.

Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Teaching at home & abroad

In addition to the mix of performing and regular individual teaching in London and The Hague, Michael gets frequent invitations to give Masterclasses and Seminars all over the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to witness the constantly rising standards of young singers, which is both humbling and exhilarating.

Last year we transferred our summer course from a peaceful arcadian forest grove in Greece to a bustling mediaeval city in Italy. In so doing, we lost a little and gained a lot. Some of our faithful students have expressed disappointment at losing swimming pools, forest walks, and a sense of unhurried calm and retreat from diurnal stress. They are not wrong. Siena, however, offers us a rich community, a strong cultural context, wonderful spaces for learning and performing, as well as a connection to nature which we view with constant delight during the working day. It also offers us many more opportunities to collaborate with the local community, and a wealth of possibilities to develop the Summer Academy in still unimagined ways. Another challenge is to continue welcoming musicians from a wide background, nurturing and matching the passion of the part-time enthusiast with the fierce determination of the talented student. I personally love to witness each stimulating the other. We have expanded the course to include all voice types and stringed instruments. I sincerely hope, however, that our time together in Siena will continue to feel personal and individual and memorable.
Michael Chance
Residential Summer Music Academy links
Siena 2015: General information
Siena 2015: Photos
Siena 2015: Testimonials
Siena 2014: General information
Siena 2014: Photos
Siena 2014: Testimonials
Candili 2013: Testimonials
Siena 2015 appraisals
Prima di arrivare a Siena non sapevo esattamente cosa aspettarmi da questa esperienza, ma ora posso dire che la settimana passata alla Siena Summer Academy ha rappresentato per me un incredibile esperienza di studio con artisti e insegnanti di altissimo livello ed un ambiente internazionale di alunni, insegnanti e staff di una gentilezza, simpatia e disponibilitá fuori dal comune. Senza dubbio una delle settimane meglio spese in tutta la mia vita
Isabel da Roma
Those two weeks in Siena was a very fruitful time for me. With the help of the remarkable faculty, I got some new directions and inspirations on how to further polish my voice, and more importantly, to improve my knowledge in music literature to make my performance more convincing. That period is so dear to me which gives me space and encouragement to continue my dream as a Classical singer.
Kenix Tsang, Hong Kong
Masayo Sasao, Japan​
Этот курс принёс мне исключительно положительные эмоции. Педагоги высочайшего уровня. Работа над всеми аспектами исполнительского мастерства. Тёплая атмосфера. Прекрасно, чтоб повысить своё мастерство, и завести новых друзей. И, конечно же - великолепная Сиена!
Tigran Matynian, Moscow​

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