Summer workshops – Stage Vocale en Italie 14 = 21 Jul.

I love Italy, and especially Tuscany. There is such a sublime beauty to the rolling hills that have captured the imagination of artists throughout the centuries. It is such a pleasure, an inspiration, to be able to work and perform there. This summer I will be leading a weeklong vocal workshop, so my students will too have the chance to be blown away by the beauty that is Tuscany. Added to the workshop, I will also be performing a one-woman show on July 14. It is called “Boundaries,” a show that I last performed 10 years ago. Like the musical Improvisation that is so much a part of the fabric of my work, the skeleton remains the same, but it’s form has evolved.

I invite you to join me on this wonderful trip.


(English, Francais ci-dessous)

This summer we are going to Tuscany for a week of song! Tuscany, home of rolling hills, historic villages, art, good food and good wine!

This week long intensive workshop will take place in Querceto, a beautiful hamlet perched along the slopes of Mount Aneo in the commune of Montecatini Val Di Cecina.

The course consists of daily vocal and body training exercises, including dance, breath work, ear training, musical awareness activities (based on the work of John Stevens), improvisation, harmony and rhythm, scatting, confidence building and both group and an individual session of make up the week. All material is jazz-based.

You are advised to have at least one jazz standard to work on, the sheet music should be in your key. If you have problems finding something or transposing please let me know.

Course materials will be sent to all participants. Materials needed: blank noitebook, pencil, erasure, music paper, comfortable clothing.

Price of Course: 340 € + accommodation (accommodation to be arranged directly with the Association Marco Polo, Accademia Libera) A special early bird price of 300 € for those who register and pay before the end of April. A deposit of 100 € is payable at the time of inscription, the rest two weeks before the start of the course, by check or bank transfer. (PLEASE NOTE, if you decide to cancel up to 21 days before the start of the summer workshop, the 100 € deposit will be retained )

For more information, contact and enrollment:, please check out our website for more:

If you want to explore the region, or you go with a friend who wants to explore while you work, a car is advisable, possible even shared among the participants, but this of course needs to be arranged amongst yourselves.

ROOM RESERVATIONS: see below, price list to be confirmed at time of reservation


Cet été, nous allons à la Toscane pour une semaine de chanson ! La toscane, célébré pour ses collines onduleuses, ses villages historiques, l’art, la bonne nourriture et le bon vin nous attend !

Ce stage intensif d’une semaine aura lieu à Querceto, un joli hameau perché sur les pentes du mont Aneo dans la commune de Montecatini Val di Cecina. Les stagiares seront accueillis le dimanche (vous pouvez arriver plus tôt bien sûr si vous voulez). De lundi des exercises vocales et corporals, y compris la danse, seront pratiquer quotidiennement. Travail de respiration, de formation auditive, les activités de sensibilisation musicale (basé sur le methode de John Stevens), l’improvisation, l’harmonie et le rythme, le scat, development de la confiance et développé, tant aux groupes qu’a une session individu composent la semaine. Tout le matériel et les exercises sont basés sur le jazz. Il est conseillé d’avoir au moins un morceau d’un standard de jazz à travailler, avec une partition en votre tonalité. Si vous avez un problème de trouver une partition appropriée, je peux vous conseiller.

Le matériel de cours sera envoyé à tous les participants. Matériel nécessaire: un cahier de notes / crayon et gomme/papier à musique/des tenues confortable.

Le Prix : 340 + hébergement (Pour l’hébergement, vous pouvez vous renseigner auprès de l’association Marco Polo, prix à confirmer) Un prix pré inscription de 300 € pour ce qui registre et paie avant la fin d’avril. Paiement par chèque ou versement bancaire. Des arrhes de 100 € à l`inscription, le reste deux semaines avant le debut du stage. (N.B. En-cas d’annulation jusqu’au 21 jours avant début du stage, les arrhes de 100 € serait retenus.)

Une voiture est conseillée pour ce qui veut explorer la région. Si vous voulez partager une voiture il faut arranger entre vous.

Plus de renseignements et inscriptions, ou notre site web :

Reservations hébergement: Room Réservations

I-56040 Castello di Querceto-Montecatini Val di Cecina (PI)

+39 366 1351567 – +39 335 6837252

skype: accademia Libera

You will also have time to explore this region which includes Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra and the Montecatini thermal spa, and loads of other gems in the land of the Etruscans. Planning on coming with a partner, friend not involved with the workshop, there are different types of rooms available, both for sharing or solo, but get in there early, Querceto is a popular destination.



One thought on “Summer workshops – Stage Vocale en Italie 14 = 21 Jul.

  1. Dear Gwen:
    My daughter Emily and I are looking forward to meeting you next saturday in Querceto, but we do not have a schedule for the worjshop. Can you please send it to us?
    Since we are traveling from Florida, USA, we would like to know if there is free time during the week, so I can book a visit to a winery, besides the one in Castello Ginori.
    Awaiting for the schedule, and please let us know if there is anything you need ftom us. Thank you!

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