Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)

Renaissance Polyphony Performance


The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Renaissance Polyphony Performance is a continuing education specialization (post-diploma degree) aimed at musicians who will be performing and conducting instrumental and vocal repertoire of the Renaissance period, beginning with Flemish polyphony and working up to Monteverdi and his time, sacred and secular repertoire.


The duration is 2 years (4 semesters).


Applications are to be submitted by August 31. Audition examinations usually take place in September.

Admissions criteria

The requirements for being admitted to the course are:

- a musical degree (Bachelor, Master or other equivalent degree; in exceptional cases with a dossier);
- the valuation of the pre-enrolment dossier;
- passing an admission exam and an ability interview.


The full programme costs CHF 7’100, that correspond to the following fees:
- Fee per semester CHF 1'400
- One-off registration fee CHF 250
- Administration fee per semester CHF 250
- Final exam fee CHF 250


The teaching of the fundamental disciplines and the organization of educational activities will be run by Diego Fratelli. Internationally renowed teachers will be invited for specific themes and discussions (changes are possible): 

Ekaterina Antonenko Conservatorio Tchaikovsky of Moscow, director of Intrada Ensemble
Juan Carlos Asencio Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya
Antonio Greco Conservatorio Ravenna, director of Costanzo Porta choir and Cremona Antiqua consort
Licia Mari Università Cattolica Brescia, vicedirector of Archivio Storico Diocesano Mantova
Michele Pasotti lute, theorbo, director of La Fonte Musica
Emanuela Vai Worcester College, Oxford


The course takes place in 9 sessions per year, generally structured consecutive days to provide the possibility to attend to those who, for professional or family reasons, cannot take part in an academic weekly schedule. Usually the lessons are held at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana; some sessions could be moved to significant historic buildings (churches or palaces) for the history of polyphony.


(susceptible to modifications)

  • Session I 5, 6 October 2019
  • Session II 19, 20 October 2019
  • Session III 9, 10 November 2019
  • Session IV 30 November - 1 December 2019
  • Session V 18, 19 January 2020
  • Session VI 22, 23 February 2020
  • Session VII 28, 29 March 2020
  • Session VIII 25, 26 April 2020
  • Session IX 30, 31 May 2020


(susceptible to modifications)


  • 8.00 - 12.00 Historical counterpoint/Individual research
  • 13.00 - 14.00 Renaissance music theory
  • 14.00 - 15.00 Solmisation
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Exercises on primary sources
  • 16.00 - 17.00 Musical treatises and historically informed performance
  • 17.00 - 18.00 Cantare a libro
  • 18.00 - 20.00 Workshop performance


  • 8.30 - 9.30 Solmisation
  • 9.30 - 10.00 Cantare a libro
  • 10.00 - 11.00 Exercises on primary sources
  • 11.00 - 13.00 Workshop performance
  • 14.00 – 18.00 Historical counterpoint/Individual research

Study plan

The study plan of MAS develops a deep knowledge of the practices and the historical contexts of performance, using the study of the original manuscripts, both repertoire and treatises, using the approach of systematically reading and performing repertoire from these original manuscripts. Approaching the reading of repertoire, performance and concertizing using the modus operandi of the renaissance musician assists a more complete comprehension of the musical page, and also the techniques needed for its execution, permitting one to recover the fundamental artistic dimensions to make music.
The course earns 60 ECTS credits as following (hours of lesson and related university credits):

I year        

  • Solmisation 1 (18 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Renaissance music theory 1 (9 hours, 2 ECTS)
  • Cantare a libro 1 (13.5 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Musical treatises and historically informed performance 1 (9 hours, 2 ECTS)
  • Exercises on primary sources 1 (18 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Workshop performance 1 (36 hours, 4 ECTS)
  • Historical counterpoint 1 (9 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Individual research (9 hours, 5 ECTS) 

II year

  • Solmisation 2 (18 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Renaissance music theory 2 (9 hours, 2 ECTS)
  • Cantare a libro 2 (13.5 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Trattatistica e prassi esecutiva 2 (9 hours, 2 ECTS)
  • Exercises on primary sources 2 (18 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Workshop performance 2 (36 hours, 4 ECTS)
  • Historical counterpoint 2 (9 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Individual research (9 hours, 5 ECTS) 
  • Final project / Recital (10 hours, 5 ECTS)


At the end of their studies, participants will receive a Master of Advanced Studies in Renaissance Polyphony Performance diploma, under the condition that they:
- have acquired all required ECTS credits;
- have successfully sit the final project;
- 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 (Art. 23 del Regolamento degli studi del 27 marzo 2014).


Head of MAS in Renaissance Polyphony Performance

Diego Fratelli -


Head of Continuing Education

Carlo Ciceri