Hello to my sexy ladies! Hope you’re all staying nice and toasty warm during the holidays! Here at the Sexi Soprano headquarters we know that many of you are busy with auditions….tis the season! A lot of you gals may be wanting to audition for summer programs but what better way to spend your summer than in a country learning or perfecting a foreign language!? In a new country you can soak up the culture, food, sights, people, and most importantly the language! It’s a wonderful experience worth having, so save up your pennies ladies! Here is a list of suggested programs!
In the Mood for Some Deutsch:
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?! Die Neue Schule is a wonderful program in the heart of Berlin! The German language is one of the loves of my life! I was able to experience this program summer of 2011 and had the most amazing summer! The application process is easy, you take a little placement test, AND as an American you don’t have to apply for a visa (always check to be sure)! The costs differ depending on how long a student would like to do the program. It might be daunting, being in a foreign country, but if you go in with an open mind you’ll be fine! Here are some awesome aspects about the program:
*there are daily/weekend trips hosted by the school to local areas or different German cities/towns!
*classes are small which provides you with more one on one time!
*you have the option to stay with a host family! DO IT! It is so much fun and your German will improve so much more!!
*classes are Monday-Friday mornings or afternoons so you have lots of time to explore Berlin and other cities!
In my free time I explored Berlin, the coastal city of Weimar, and traveled to Prague!
*the teachers are absolutely wonderful and are really there to help you, even in your times of struggle!
*there are different sessions in the summer you can go so don’t feel like you have to sacrifice other events to go to only one session!
Don’t be afraid to EXPLORE even if you are by yourself! It’s invigorating just stepping out and walking around without a destination! Something worth mentioning, if you have time go to Curry 36! It’s a restaurant/stand that has wonderful Currywurst!
INTERESTED? Go to http://www.neueschule.de/en/ to learn more!
In the Mood for Some Français:
Parlez vous français? Well you can speak a lot more in the city of Rennes, France! University of Rochester in Rochester, New York has a fabulous summer French program and you don’t even have to be a University of Rochester student to do it! The city is the capital of Brittany and has a lot of universities, interesting architecture, beautiful sights, and lots of shops and exquisite food! You’re just a two hour train ride from Paris and near the landing beaches of Normandy! The program cost varies each year. Here is what to expect from the program:
*Monday-Friday classes on language, conversation, and culture
*Weekday and Weekend excursions including the public market, City Hall, the Fine Arts Museum, the Fête de la Musique festival, and much more!
*Stay with a host family!
*Excursion to Paris!!!
*You could receive college credit!
INTERESTED? Go to http://www.rochester.edu/college/MLC/abroad/rennes.html
to find out more!
Hey mambo, mambo Italiano! So you want to perfect your Italian? Well have no fear because Si Parla, Si Canta!’s director Benton Hess and his fabulous team will be there to the rescue! Si Parla, Si Canta is a language program for singers and accompanists set in the beautiful Urbania, Italy! I have not experienced this program first hand but many of my colleagues have and wonderful things to say! There are two programs, a four week and a six week so the costs depend on which program you decide to do. You would study your Italian at the Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy. Here are the aspects of the program:
*Monday-Friday Italian Language class 8:50am-12:20pm
*Italian Conversation classes Tuesday and Thursday
*Exploring the city in free time!
*Live with a host family or single bed/multiple bed apartment
*Participate in at least 3 concerts!
*Two private coachings per week in addition to rehearsals for ensembles
*Master Classes (if staying for the six week program)
*Trip to Verona and Venice (if staying for the six week program)
INTERESTED? Go to http://www.siparlasicanta.org/ to find out more!
Hope you found this helpful!