Italian Trumpet Academy
The Italian Trumpet Academy (ITA) hosted master classes Dec. 15-16, 2017, and January 13, 2018, at Mantova State Conservatory of Music (MN).
The purpose of the ITA is to offer high-quality trumpet instruction and music education.
ITA was founded in Montemesola (TA, Puglia – Italy) by Angelo Cavallo. Montemesola was chosen as the location to start the new Academy for two reasons: first, it was Cavallo’s hometown; second, it offered the possibility to locate the first headquarters of ITA right in Cavallo’s family farmhouse. The farmhouse was big enough to host lessons, practicing sessions and also accommodation to the students.
Due to the constantly increasing demand, ITA moved from Montemesola to Turi (BA, Puglia – Italy). Turi is much easier to reach than Montemesola and is well connected in terms of public transportation. The headquarters is located in the conference room of “Palladium Music”, a local music shop, which not only offers rooms and hospitality, but also instruments and general support to ITA’s teachers and students.
ITA is open to both amatuers and professionals, with the common aim of improving their knowledge and performance ability. Each course includes basic technique explained during frontal lessons, one-to-one lessons and ensemble opportunities. Moreover, students are constantly involved in a wide variety of activities such as Flash Mobs, concerts, tournées, cultural exchanges, master classes with guest teachers, and more.
ITA’s Brass Band has already been invited as guest in more than one national concert festivals. ITA’s educational path works not only on chamber music, but also on orchestral and solo repertoire. The annual course lasts 10 months, in which the students are required to pass 4 exams: an admission audition, one internal mid-course exam, one in front of the presence of a commission formed by a panel of external professional trumpet players and one and last concert-exam in front of an audience including the teacher’s commission.
(Source: Angelo Cavallo)