BE A TOAD FOR A CAUSE

“Blatantly Early Attempt To Offer A Deep Feeling of Reward And Chance At Unequaled Self Esteem” That is a very long acronym They said, (whoever they are), that it would be a cold day in hell before we could raise 100 pledges of $25.00 before Giving Tuesday. So we’re...

Maddeningly Peaceful

A quick story about my first trip to Orvieto: Wake up late, barely enough time to get to the airport, forced to pass on “good morning coffee”; not the way any human should have to start a stressful travel day. For many reasons I did not enjoy starting my day like...

An Exchange of Ideas

In the summer of 2015, my wife and I along with five of my trumpet students from Iowa State University attended the Orvieto TrumpetFest. Trumpetfest is part of the Orvieto Musica Festival and is headed by Dr. Amy Gilreath, Professor of Trumpet, Illinois State...

Concerto Finale – Trumpetfest 10th Anniversary

It is 9:30 p.m. and the TrumpetFest “Concerto Finale” is about to begin. Martina suggests we wait three or four minutes for latecomers to find seats or find standing positions along the walls of the anteroom. Several trumpet players in the back quietly practice tricky...

The sounds of a small town…

Walking down the Corso to dinner this evening at 7:45 I listened to Orvieto: distant bells chiming the quarter hour – birds – not pigeons, but songbirds, calling to each other insistently at the end of the day. It is the silence in between the sounds that highlights...

Spoiler Alert: It Was Wonderful

My summer with Orvieto Musica in 2016 was certainly one of the most eventful music festivals I’ve ever been to. Every element of the festival was such a pleasant experience! Honestly, where else can I find a festival that is in Italy, where I collaborate with fellow...

Unforgettable from 2015

I knew this trip was going to be special the moment my luggage hit the cobblestone pavement. We arrived to our quaint apartment with a beautiful balcony, cozy kitchen area, and a funny looking washing machine. Our apartment had two rooms of 3 girls and 3 guys. I...

Music, Culture, and Self-Discovery

I studied voice performance in graduate school and I attended Orvieto Musica in between my first and second year. I was looking for a program in Italy where I could sing and practice speaking Italian; Orvieto Musica was much more. While my university education focused...

New Website!

If you’re reading this post, you’ve already logged on to our new website.  Welcome! We’re excited about our new look, our new options and our new functionality.  Check out our “20th Anniversary” page to see pictures of Orvieto Musica 2013...

Orvieto Musica Presents

Picture a lovely, large ballroom with beautifully upholstered sofas and antique tables, in the heart of Lakeview, Chicago, right on Lakeshore Drive. Last Thursday, October 24, at 11:30 a.m. a young Vietnamese guitarist, An Tran, gave a free recital under the auspices...