Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

Concert Improvisation


The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Concert Improvisation is a continuing education specialization (post-diploma degree) aimed at musicians of keyboard instruments who intend to develop spontaneous composing, including its performance in public concert.

The course is held by Galina Vracheva.


The duration is 1 year (2 semesters).


Applications are to be submitted by August 31.
Audition examinations usually take place on the second half of September.



The course is structured in 8 sessions that usually take place during the weekend, between September and June.  
Each session includes:

  • 2 hours of Individual Improvisation;
  • 5 hours of Collective Improvisation;
  • 2 hours of Advanced reading scores.

Three meeting of coaching in Self-management are also planned.

The course leads to the acquisition of 20 ECTS, divided as follows:

  • Individual Improvisation 12 ECTS
  • Collective Improvisation 5 ECTS
  • Advanced reading scores 2 ECTS
  • Self-management 1 ECTS

Program for the Principal Subject

  • Cadenzas in various styles as part of piano concertos, from baroque to the 21st century;
  • Sonatas, Sonatines;
  • Fantasy in the form of variation or in ABCA form;
  • Improvisations in chamber music settings.


  • Audition examination: 21 September 2019
  • 1st Session: 21,22 September 2019
  • 2nd Session: 19,20 October 2019
  • 3rd Session: 16,17 November 2019
  • 4th Session: 11,12 January 2020
  • 5th Session: 15,16 February 2020
  • 6th Session: 21,22 March 2020
  • 7th Session: 25,26 April 2020
  • 8th Session and Exam: 6,7 June 2020

Admissions criteria

Candidates may be admitted if they meet the following criteria:

  • have finished a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree;
  • have submitted a complete application dossier;
  • have successfully passed their admissions audition consisting in freely improvising on two themes, one self-chosen, the other proposed by the jury;
  • have successfully passed an admissions interview.

A maximum of 6 students per year are admitted to the course.


The programme costs CHF 5’000, that correspond to the following fees:

  • Fee per semester CHF 2'000
  • One-off registration fee CHF 250
  • Administration fee per semester CHF 250
  • Final exam fee CHF 250


At the end of their studies, participants will receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies SUPSI in Contemporary Repertoire Conducting diploma, under the condition that they:

  • have acquired all required ECTS credits;
  • have successfully sit the final examination that consists in a recital with 3 improvised pieces;
  • have paid the costs.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and the titles that it awards are recognized by the Federal Government according to the law relating to Professional University Schools, 2 October 1995 and subsequent revisions. 
This title is not a professional qualification and does not qualify holders to teach in public schools in Switzerland.


Participants must observe the Study Regulations of the University of Music. The University of Music reserves itself the right not to open the course in particular circumstances.

Suspending or terminating

During their studies, participants may suspend or terminate their studies.


Carlo Ciceri

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