In considering the importance of our institution, not only in terms of historical prestige, but also of teachers quality, research and didactic instruments, we realize that exchanges with European partners, that are also possible thanks to the thematic networks, will enrich the Conservatory’s patrimony.
Since a long time the Conservatory S.Cecilia of Rome has played a central role in the development of the international co-operation with other cultural institutions.
In the last few years, starting a number of collaborations with different European Institutions and carrying out a busy didactic and concert activity abroad, the Conservatory has made possible a comparison with and opening towards different traditions.
Together with the study and the spread of Italian Music abroad, it has given the possibility to many foreign composers to be known in Italy.
According to these concepts, the Orchestra, established in March 2000, already counts many important concert activities: the first complete European performance of the famous Mass of L.Bernstein, performed in Nervi Hall in Rome on the1st June 2000; the participation to “Bemus Festival” in Belgrade on October 2000, where the orchestra was called to represent Italy. Moreover, the Orchestra has started collaborations and cultural exchanges outside Europe with U.S.A., Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Chinese Popular Republic, Finland and so on.
The Camera Ensemble, the Chamber Musicians of the Conservatory of S.Cecilia, born inside the orchestra, has participated to Europalia Festival in Bruxelles in the last two years, to the 3rd European Union Festival of Algeri on March 2004, and to the review “Italy- Aegypt” held in Cairo.
For years, any professors of the Conservatory have been involved in music research: some of them participated to the “4th International Meeting of Analysis” held in Rotterdam (NL) Conservatory in1999, to the “5th International Meeting of Analysis” held in Bristol (UK) University in 2002, and to the “4th Open Workshop of Music Network” in Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (S).
The Conservatory has started collaborations with other important Italian Institutions, as that with the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Tor Vergata University in Rome, since 2003/2004. This project, called “Interfaces”, consists in an annual review of workshops, meetings, concerts and musical competitions based on the interaction between arts and technologies.
During the last few years, the Conservatory has based its European and International collaborations on the instructions of Bologna Meeting held on June19th 1999, and on the ministerial instructions of the didactic program which has been approved by the Government.
For instance, for a long time our Institute has been adopting a system of qualifications easily to read and compare, and a system based on two main courses type, respectively 1st and 2nd level.
In addition, it is involved in the reinforcement of a system of didactic credits – according to ECTS –acquirable in different ways, such as with constant training, in order to ensure the utmost students mobility and free circulation.
Finally, the Conservatory is engaged in a policy of development of the European co-operation on quality valuation, in order to define standards and methods, and to promote a necessary European dimension of higher education, giving attention to curriculum development, cooperation among institutions, mobility schemes and integrated programmes of study, training and research.
Today, it’s possible for the students to acquire credits for the curriculum by exchange activities with other institutions, especially abroad. Then, the implementation of the European system of credit evaluation ECTS, will be a basic feature of the internal didactic rules of our Institute.
In the new programs of 1st-level-three-year and 2nd-level-two-year courses, learning foreign languages is very important to acquire credits.
Moreover, students can obtain credits by taking part in activities out of their institution and their own country.
As far as the teaching staff is concerned, many professors already perform a number of international activities; refresher and research courses and incentives, financed by national funds and conformed to the highest international standards, are planned in order to increase expertise.
Finally, as far as the administrative staff is concerned, the updating of its technical and managerial level is ensured by ministerial courses.
The duration of periods of study, the participation and results will be monitored by a special board of administrative staff members and professors, who will check the quality levels of the European programs and the participation to them.
The president of this committee will be the Conservatory Director, who will guarantee authority and equalization to normative standards.
Our Institution, because of its worldwide fame, usually plays an important international role. Many of its students come from various European nations, and there is a strong participation by Eastern and Middle Eastern students. For a long time there has been a natural coexistence of languages and attitudes, even if widely separated.
Long time ago sex equality was acquired in all the structures, even if women held some of the highest offices of the institution (Directorship, Assistant Directorship, Administrative Management, Participation to Board of Directors, to Academic Council, students Representation to the Academic Council).
Finally, we want to underline the big importance given to decentralization activities, by promoting the knowledge of “learned” music in degraded urban areas, unfortunately present in our town as all over the world.