What is a typical day at The Tuscany Project?

You'll start your day off with coffee, tea and breakfast at 8:00 AM, followed by movement with Anja in the studio nestled in the beautiful Umbrian hills. at 9:00 AM. 

At 10:15 AM morning classes begin and you will have either a master song interpretation class with Belle and Ron, or an embodied voice and song class with Anja.  

Lunch is served buffet style around 1:15 PM and, as with all of the meals include vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden, olive oil from the olive grove, and home-made breads - all in the finest traditions of Mediterranean cuisine.   

From 2:30-4:15 PM we recommend siestas or a swim in the Locanda’s beautiful infinity pool overlooking Umbrian hills, or a nap in the hammocks or a massage.  

From 4:30-7:00, there are optional classes on dealing with stage fright, getting fully stage presence, and individual coaching with or Ron on arrangement and interpretation and Shaynee on vocal teachnique  -- or there is time to take a trip to nearby Perugia, Assisi or Gubbio for the cost of transport.  

From 7:00-7:45pm is group singing time to enjoy the power of harmony and community in simple chants and songs from Eastern European music to American Gospel and South African Zulu chants.

At 8pm, it's time for  leisurely Italian Dinner with several courses including home made pasta, local wine and watching the sunset. Speak with your new friends about  the possibilities and ideas that came to you during your retreat day and savor the Italian countryside. Several nights we will gather together for a performance from faculty, a sing along and a casual student concert in the main studio. We recommend bed time by 11:00 or thereabouts - snuggle under a down comforter and read and rest well. Tomorrow will be another day of la dolce vita at our singing and personal retreat at Locanda del Gallo!

 

Our Approach

The Tuscany Project mixes group and individual work, focusing on each person’s growing edge in the area of vocal exploration, movement, performance presence, and song presentation. Our approach integrates the intellectual, emotional, and the physical aspects of voice and song. Although the program involves intense work, it also includes time to experience the Italian dolce vita: slowing down; dinners that last hours; the beauty of infinity pool and the Umbrian hills. Constant emphases are the passion and joy of singing and power of body, voice, soul and community.