The Burgos International Music Festival, founded in 2009, brings together prominent musicians, faculty and students from around the world. The 10-day festival provides intermediate and advanced students in piano, strings, winds and vocals the highest level of professional training in individual and ensemble performance. Students have ample opportunity to perform solo work as well as chamber music in a variety of venues, including the Burgos Cathedral.
The 1-month academic program consists of two courses (6 credits), which incorporate the Burgos International Music Festival. A professor from a KEI partner university in the USA accompanies students and serves as the lead instructor for the courses.
The Musical Culture, History & Language of Spain (3 credits) course that combines lecture, discussion and cultural visits to explore the influence of religion, politics, culture and society on the development of Spanish classical and folk music from ancient times to present day.
The Applied Music Performance & Collaboration (3 credits) is a comprehensive performance-based course offered in conjunction with the Burgos International Music Festival. Performance activities include rehearsals, master classes and concerts. Faculty and guest-lecture discussions as well as self-reflective journaling compliment the performance component of the course.
The program is organized under the International Knowledge Center (IKC), a partnership between KEI, Escuela de Espanol (EDE) and Summit Music Festival, organizers of the Burgos International Music Festival. Courses are offered at EDE and integrated with the music festival.