Students interested in this program must first receive permission to participate from the program leader:
Dr. John Lindberg or Dr. Stephanie Thorpe.
The Department of Music offers an opportunity to visit two European cities that were central to the development of classical styles. In Venice, we will see San Lazzaro degli Armeni (monastery where music was central to the lives of monks in the Middle Ages, and now a center for Armenian culture), St. Mark’s basilica (where music of the Renaissance flourished and eventually led to the development of baroque styles), the Doge’s palace (the Venetian Doge was a major patron of music and the arts for more than 800 years), and sites where the earliest operas were first performed. In Paris, we will visit the catacombs (used secretly by Christians for services/singing in the years of the Roman empire), Notre Dame (where major innovations in music history/notation took place in the 13th and 14th centuries), the Louvre, and Versailles (home of the French court and music until the Revolution in 1791). The courses under which this trip take place fulfill degree requirements for both music majors and the minor in music, and also can fulfill a Goal Area 6 requirement for General Education.