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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brian Poepsel Housing Options: Apartment
Minimum GPA:
2.5 Program Type: U of A Rome Center
Language of Instruction: English Credit Type: U of A Credit
Credit Hours Available: 6 Credit Hours Area of Study: Music
Program Duration: 5 weeks
Program Description:
Program Overview
Academics & Courses
Application Process
Estimated Costs
Scholarships & Financial Aid 
Additional Information 
Rome Center Student Blogs

Rome Center Program Manager
Brian Poepsel
Office of Study Abroad
Tess Delaplain
Department of Music 

Program Overview

Situated in the heart of the city, the Rome Center is just minutes from the Vatican, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and other legendary sites in Rome. Students live in close proximity to the center, tracing the paths of ancient Romans and centuries of Christian pilgrims as the make their way to classes each day. Established in 1989, the U of A Rome Center has been a haven for architecture study, and recently the University expanded the curriculum to feature a variety of upper level electives in Italian culture, language, art and history.

In this Music program, students will rehearse, study, analyze, and perform chamber music in an intensive setting.  Performances will be at various venues throughout Rome, and repertoire will include works of Italian composers.  To be admitted to this course, students do not have to be music majors, but must possess a significant level of skill on their instrument or voice and be prepared for a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule.
The importance of having this program in Rome, which has been a cultural center for classical music for centuries, cannot be overemphasized.  Rome is the birthplace of many types of music, and is brimming with historic sites.  The city's churches, ruins, museums, and palaces provide fascinating venues for performers. The acoustics in churches make them a perfect venue for chamber music, and there is no shortage of churches in Rome!
Concerts of all types are numerous in Rome.   In addition to performing, part of the curriculum will be concert attendance.  Hearing live professional musicians is an invaluable part of a musician’s training, so students will have a wide variety of chamber music concerts to experience.

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Browse more photos of the Rome Center classrooms, library, studio spaces and offices on the UARC Italian Homepage:!the-studio/c747

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The U of A Rome Center is conveniently located in one of the most important palaces in Rome – Palazzo Taverna.  Not far from Piazza Navona, Palazzo Taverna first belonged to the Orsini Family, and in 1328 the site took the name of Mount Giordano, in tribute to Giordano Orsini a Roman Senator in 1341. The palace was referred to by Dante in his literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto XVIII). In 1688, after five hundred years of uninterrupted ownership, Flavio Orsini, burdened by debts, was obliged to sell the property to the Gabrielli Family, a very old and noble Roman family. Since 1888, however, the Earls Taverna of Milan have owned the palazzo. 

Today, the buildings in the Palazzo house many different activities from private residential apartments to banqueting halls, diplomatic residences and artist studios.  Palazzo Taverna has a Baroque wing and an Empire wing -- each featuring frescoes from the turn of the 19th century by painter Coccetti. The U of A Rome Center is housed in the Empire wing of the Palazzo where the most important architects of the 20th century met to discuss their ideas.

Academics & Courses 
The ‘Roman Razorbacks’ use this ancient city as a laboratory to examine historical and contemporary Rome through numerous local site visits and museum tours.  Students see the Colosseum, Vatican City and its Sistine Chapel as well as the works of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini which are scattered throughout the city.


MUEN 1501/2501/3501/4501   Chamber Music:  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Theresa Delaplain

Course Objectives:
• learn the process of preparing music for exacting performance, without the leadership of a conductor. This involves working out the mechanical aspects of staying together and executing musical gestures, learning how to collectively develop an interpretation of the work being studied, and acquiring the interpersonal skills necessary for a musician to function in a small group.
• acquire knowledge of chamber music repertoire for the particular instrumentation of the group, through preparing and reading chamber music of different styles, historical periods, and composers.
• develop the non-musical skills necessary to successfully participate in a chamber music ensemble. This begins with selecting a name for the group, and can continue with planning verbal comments to the audience, writing notes for a printed program, writing a press release on the event, and any other such tasks such as your coach may assign.
• experience performances in Rome in  historic spaces with exceptional acoustics.
Required Materials: Students must bring their instrument and any necessary accessories in good working condition.  Music will be assigned in advanced and students will be notified individually about how to acquire the musical parts that they need.
MUTH 477V Special Topics in Music Theory: 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Robert Mueller

Students will explore the technical aspects and experimental methods of the composers who were on the cutting edge in the post-war period, as well the later generation of composers influenced by minimalism and other post-modern approaches to composition.

Composers to be studied include Luigi Nono, Luigi Dallapiccola, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bruno Maderna, Luciano Berio, Sylvano Bussotti, Giacinto Scelsi, Goffredo Petrassi, Ezio Bosso, Fulvia Caldini, Ludovico Einaudi, and others.  Study will be done through listening, score analysis, and composition assignments.

The final project will include an in-depth analytical paper on a particular composer or on a particular compositional technique and its use by composers.  Students will also give a class presentation on their chosen topic.
Course Objectives
By the end of the course students should be comfortable in analyzing and composing in the style of the music studied throughout the course, toward the larger goal of understanding the role and function of avant-garde and post-avant-garde stylistic trends in the context of political, artistic and social movements.


Hadrian's Villa

Villa D'Este 

Florence Tour
Travel to Florence by train
2 nights, 3 days in Florence 
Guided visits to museums & local sites

Rome-housing   Rome housing 6   Rome housing 3   Rome housing 4  
To see photos and read more details about U of A housing in Rome, visit the Rome Center's Italian home page- click here

Students are housed in apartments which are located in traditional, well-established neighborhoods either within walking distance of the U of A Rome Center or conveniently located next to public transit routes for easy access to the Center.  All apartments come fully furnished and include wifi internet access. Typical lodgings have double occupancy rooms with 4-6 students in each apartment. 

The UA Rome Center Summer Campus program is open to all UA students in good academic & disciplinary standing.  Applications will be reviewed by the Office of Study Abroad and the program faculty. 

For visiting students: Qualified applicants from approved partner institutions may apply.  All applications will be reviewed by the student's home institution and the U of A office of Study Abroad. 

Upon acceptance to the program, the Office of Study Abroad will provide visiting students further instructions on how to enroll at the University as a visiting, non-degree seeking student. 

Application Process
Applications open the week of the Study Abroad Fair, which is scheduled for Sept. 20, 2016. 

Once applications open, click the 'Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin. 

The HogsAbroad application will prompt you to log-in with your UARK username. You will complete a checklist of items, which you can save and return to later. 

If you don't have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application as soon as possible. 

Estimated Costs
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.

Fixed Costs
Program Fee: includes housing, health & accident insurance, Florence trip, day trip to Tivoli, and most site visits inside Rome. 
Tuition: 6 credit hours 

Variable Expenses
Personal Expenses
Optional Excursions

Scholarships & Financial Aid
In most cases, students can apply their existing financial aid and scholarships to a U of A study abroad program- any money you have to take classes in Fayetteville in the Spring is available for you in Rome. Additional financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students- visit our funding page to review opportunities and applyStudents receiving a Pell grant are encouraged to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. The Office of Study Abroad provides guidance with the scholarship application process. 

Honors students automatically apply for funding from the Honors College by completing their program application. The Honors College will review the student's 'statement of purpose' essay and supplemental honors questions, so be mindful of the expectations for these materials.

Additional Information
Students interested in the Rome program should apply ASAP to make sure they receive all notices & program updates, including scheduled information sessions and application announcements.

If you have questions about the program or application procedure, contact: 

Rome Center Program Advisor
Brian Poepsel
Office of Study Abroad

Rome Center Student Blogs

Brock Demark, Summer 2016:
Jacob Maestri, Summer 2016:
Haley Walton, Spring 2016 Architecture:

For a day-to-day look, check out the UARC Academic Calendars at

This program is currently not accepting applications.