The Singers Abroad Program is a week long performing experience in Italy.  Choral groups, a cappella ensembles, or other singing groups prepare repertoire with their choral group of choice, and during the week after the Christmas Holiday fly to Montepulciano, Italy to perform and experience the local culture. The program is designed to provide singers with an opportunity to engage in a professional atmosphere and build their performance resume for future professional opportunities.



Application Deadline 

                   October 15, 2017 

Program Dates

December 27, 2017 - January 4, 2018





Tucked away in the picturesque hills of southern Tuscany 43 miles southeast of Siena, the town of Montepulciano is as historic as it is charming. Montepulciano is renowned for its food and drink, particularly its Vino Nobile  wine, which is considered among the best in Italy. The town walls date back to the 14th century, and within them are a number of walkable historic sites, such as the Palazzo Comunale and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. 

travel and living:

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip travel to Montepulciano. Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by Frontier Education and are included in the program fee. Students are housed in apartments in the historic center of Montepulciano for the duration of the program. A welcoming and farewell dinner are included as well as two field trips. Students will also have access to practice rooms and recital halls at the Instituto Di Musica.

how to apply

Contact Katherine Chipman: 801.953.2619 - 

Giuliana Marple: 801.671.2331 -


Program director - Katherine chipman

Katherine is the music and choir director at Athlos Academy, a Kodály music specialist, Royal Conservatory piano teacher, and music education presenter. She received her master’s degree in music from the University of Utah, her Kodály certification from BYU’s InterMuse Academy, and her national teacher certification from Music Teacher National Association. She loves to travel and has been involved in various project abroad including running an afterschool kindergarten in Tainan, Taiwan and building a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. When she is not teaching, singing with the Mapleton Chorale, or studying music you most likely will find her somewhere in the mountains hanging off a cliff. Next to music, her biggest passion is rock climbing.