soundSCAPE 2021 will take place online July 7-19th!



Dear friends,

We hope this message finds you well. We recently received word that our festival’s host site, the Conservatorio Bruno Maderna, has extended their school semester into the summer months due to the current COVID-19 lockdown. Because the conservatory space is no longer available to us, we are unable to hold the festival in Cesena, Italy this year and are moving all courses online.

We are offering a host of exciting online courses to be held over Zoom, led by our world-renowned faculty. Please visit the info page of our website for a full overview of our course offerings.  The deadline for composers to apply is April 15th, with applications extended to performers until May 3rd.

2020 Video Highlights:

A Conversation With Ursula Oppens, Moderated by Tony Arnold

“Lament for the Makers” by Luke Carlson, Performed by Felix Fan 

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel to view more festival performances.

Support soundSCAPE

soundSCAPE is a nonprofit organization and a labor of love, which means that most of our faculty donate their time and expertise to the festival each summer. Like most other arts organizations, COVID has impacted our ability to raise revenue. Although the festival was not able to happen in Italy this year, there are certain costs that keep the organization going throughout the year as we plan and hope for soundSCAPE 2021. We hope that you feel as strongly about the value of the soundSCAPE community as we do, and would like to ask you to consider making a donation, which will support the infrastructure that brought this year’s mini-festival to life. You can make your online donation here


About soundSCAPE:

soundSCAPE facilitates the flowering of new music and the exchange of ideas and culture between musicians of tomorrow’s generation. We attract composers and performers from around the world for two weeks of concerts, lectures, master classes and workshops. The essence of the festival is one of process and collaboration – giving rise to new music initiatives that have flourished long beyond the festival, all around the globe. soundSCAPE supports diversity in the arts through all aspects – including our programming, faculty, staff, and participants. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all involved in the festival. We approach all music with open ears and a passion for making your voice heard… please join us for a celebration of new music!

soundSCAPE is hosted by Conservatorio Bruno Maderna, Paolo Chiavacci, conservatory director.