The School of Music maintains active partnerships with three Brazilian organizations and a conservatory in Italy. Through the years, these have led to numerous faculty and student exchanges and, with our Brazilian partners in particular, the matriculation of dozens of students in MU degree programs over the past few decades.
Fundação Carlos Gomes, Belem, Brazil
The School of Music formalized its agreement with the Fundação Carlos Gomes (FCG) in 1991, resulting in an ongoing and lively exchange of faculty and students. Several FCG faculty members have visited the School of Music through the years, and, in turn, School of Music faculty members regularly travel to Belem, often in connection with the FCG’s International Chamber Music Festival. To date, over twenty Belem students have earned degrees at MU, while many more have participated in short-term residencies.
Theatro da Paz, Belem, Brazil
Building upon its successful relationship with the Fundação Carlos Gomes, the School of Music formalized an additional exchange agreement with the Theatro da Paz in Belem, in 2007, through the State Department of Culture of Para. The historic Theatro da Paz is the home of the Symphony Orchestra of Para (OSTP) and hosts the annual Theatro da Paz International Opera Festival. The agreement allows School of Music faculty members to present workshops and masterclasses for symphony members and singers, and provides opportunity for advanced study at MU for selected individuals. Several MU faculty members have received invitations to participate in the exchange, and one OSTP member was recently given leave from the orchestra to complete a graduate degree in music at MU.
Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Brazil
The School of Music formalized its agreement with the Universidade Estadual de Londrina (State University of Londrina) in 1998. Several Londrina students have completed MU degrees in recent years, while others have participated in short-term residencies. A number of School of Music faculty members have been invited guest artists at the Londrina International Music Festival, the second largest such event in Brazil.
Conservatorio di Musica “Domenico Cimarosa,” Avellino, Italy
A more recent development, the School of Music formalized an agreement with the Conservatorio “Domenico Cimarosa,” in Avellino, Italy, in 2012. School of Music faculty member, Paul Crabb, Director of Choral Activities, had previously made several trips to Avellino to collaborate with students and faculty members of this institution. In 2011, several School of Music faculty members joined a recording project with the Conservatorio’s chamber orchestra, and, on several occasions, members of the Conservatorio’s faculty have visited MU to perform and give masterclasses. In May 2013, Dr. Crabb and School of Music Director, Robert Shay, travelled to Avellino for formal recognition of the partnership and to jointly lead a concert with the Consevatorio’s orchestra and chorus, two guest choruses, and faculty and student soloists. The agreement encourages faculty and students from both institutions to perform, teach, and study at the collaborating institution.