T5085 – Mozart, Beethoven and Beyond: The Music and Culture of Vienna, Prague and Budapest

Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest
Faculty: David DeVasto and Scott Uddenberg
1/03/2019 – 01/25/2019

Experience the musical heritage of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire through a unique cultural perspective that will engage all of your senses.

Academic Overview
This course offers students a first-hand account of the vast musical heritage born of the Austrian Empire. From the capital city of Vienna, the group will travel to Salzburg, Linz, Prague, and Budapest. The course will focus on the development of the Viennese Classical Style through the Romantic Period and beyond. Students will visit the residences of several prominent composers and the palaces of their royal patrons. Students will attend several concerts in various locations (palaces, churches, synagogues, and opera houses) and visit world heritage sites such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Prague Castle, and the Budavari Palace in Budapest. Students will meet renowned artists and local historians and enjoy a dinner cruise on the Danube River with live music.

Program Fee/Cost
Program Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily and three dinners.

No prerequisites are required. A genuine interest in musical history is beneficial. Good physical condition is helpful. We will walk about 7 miles a day in metropolitan cities with some hills.

Required Readings
The course packet includes political and cultural information, scores and artwork of The Austrian Empire from the Gothic Age to Modern Age. It also includes several handouts outlining the lives and works of Austrian composers from The Classical Period to the Twentieth Century, translations of correspondence between composers and their loved ones, and information to help students navigate each city. We also have included audio files for listening assignments

25% Attendance & Participation
25% Readings
25% Journal
25% Final Paper

Faculty Directors
David Devasto, Elmhurst College (630) 617.3529, email: devastod@elmhurst.edu
Scott Uddenberg, Elmhurst College (630) 617.3536, email: scott.uddenberg@elmhurst.edu

Description of Faculty Directors
David DeVasto, Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Elmhurst College, has presented work in the United States and Europe; including IAEF, SCI, CFAMC, EMM, ICF, NEON, CUR, EAJJ, and EABD conferences and festivals. DeVasto’s music has been performed and broadcast internationally and has been recorded on the Navona Records label. DeVasto has also appeared as a pianist on Southport Records, and his research interests are focused on the Viennese Classical Style, and The Second Viennese School. He has given scholarly presentations on the work of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. DeVasto earned his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa in 2009 and has served on the music faculties at Lindenwood University and McKendree University. This is his second time instructing this course.

Scott Uddenberg is a faculty member in both music and theater at Elmhurst College. He teaches voice, diction, history of musical theater, and serves as music director of the theater program. His directing background includes performances of Carousel, Three Penny Opera, Dames at Sea, and Addams Family. He is the artistic director of the Elmhurst Choral Union, having conducted performances of Handel, Mozart, Bartok, Rutter, and Haydn. As a vocal soloist, he has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. His performances include appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric, Cleveland Lyric and Milwaukee Opera companies, premiere recordings, National Anthem appearances and film scores. His vocal career has seen him appear regularly with some of the Midwest’s finest musical ensembles. Uddenberg’s diverse repertoire has seen him perform works from Brahms to Beethoven, Puccini’s Tosca to Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado and Bernstein’s On The Town. He also serves as Director of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, IL. In this position he has organized concerts, worship services, and performances with groups of various faith backgrounds. This is his second time co-instructing this course.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact David DeVasto
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.