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Giorgio Ciompi Papers

Identifier: MC-0015

Scope and Contents

Giorgio Ciompi, violinist and professor of music at Duke University, was appointed artistic director of the first summer session in Siena, Italy, later known as the International Music Program (IMP), upon the sudden death of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) president Vittorio Giannini. As early as September 1966 Giannini had received support from the Italian government and Foreign Minister Amintore Fanfani to create and underwrite a summer program with the Accademia Musical Chigiana in Siena. Dr. James and Mary Duke Biddle Semans assisted with the initial plans of the summer session and oversaw the drafting of the contribution and curriculum by Minister Fanfani. Upon Giannini’s death, Ciompi was chosen as artistic director; a native of Florence, Italy, Ciompi had had some previous dealings with the Italian government while with the Cleveland Conservatory. Ciompi, along with his wife Adriana, the Semans, and Julia Mueller, chair of Duke University Department of Music, laid the groundwork for this annual session, with support from NCSA president Robert Ward. Dr. Semans later wrote an account of these early years entitled Siena: Six Summers of Music, in which Ciompi figures prominently.

The Giorgio Ciompi Collection contains correspondence between Ciompi and IMP officials, as well as copies of letters by Ward, Semans, R.B. Crawford of the NCSA Foundation, and other financial backers. In addition to correspondence, there are miscellaneous items associated with the program: travel and teaching schedules, music programs, brochures of tourist sites, catalogs, notes about student performers, student lists, and faculty contracts. Ciompi’s budget files are incomplete; further financial information exists in the NCSA Foundation records, since this department handled many of the logistical aspects of the summer sessions.


  • 1966-1969


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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0.84 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

Language of Materials




The Giorgio Ciompi Collection consists of materials related to the International Music Program in Siena, Italy, including correspondence between Ciompi and Siena officials, as well as members of the NCSA Foundation and other financial backers. In addition to correspondence, the collection includes travel and teaching schedules, music programs, brochures of tourist sites, catalogs, notes about student performers, student lists, and faculty contracts.


The collection is arranged by date and subject. Where Ciompi grouped certain letters according to a single correspondent or a single type of record (such as budget information), original order was maintained, aside from some internal rearrangement. Most of the correspondence is written in Italian, so little indication of content can be given, except where translations are included. Lists of correspondents and/or items are included in the folder list.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; there is no documentation concerning the provenance of these materials.

Related Materials

Additional material related to Ciompi and the Ciompi Quartet can be found in the Dr. Benjamin F. Ward Collection (MC-0028). Additional information related to the International Music Program can be found in the International Music Program Collection (MC-0005) and the School of Music Collection (RG-0026).

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection have not been recorded.

Guide to the Giorgio Ciompi Papers
Kait Dorsky
May 2019
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the UNC School of the Arts Archives Repository

1533 South Main St.
Winston-Salem North Carolina 27104 United States