Saint Louis College of Music… Since 1976
Founded in 1976, Saint Louis is among the most renowned music didactic realities of European scope,attended by over 1.800 students per year, coming from all Nations. It vaunts a steady educating staff made up of 120 tutors of National and international repute, chaired since 1998 by M° Stefano Mastruzzi.
Training activities to approach the labour market
In 2000 Saint Louis gave birth to an artistic agency (Saint Louis Management), in 2004 to two recording labels (jazzcollection.it and urban49.com), in 2009 to an artistic production Centre with the aim of cultivating young talents and guide them through an original artistic production in the world of work, promoting their activity with concerts in main Italian festivals and live clubs. And again: the Camilla Records recording label, born in 2012 and dedicated to emerging music, a free-press magazine (Music In, in 2006), an editorial series (Saint Louis DOC) and in 2012 it set up a brand new study and research center on jazz (archivionazionaledeljazz.com) sponsored by the Libraries of Rome and directed by the historian and essayist Adriano Mazzoletti.
The educational training offer is among the largest oones in Europe, with more than 360 different courses.
Saint Louis has 4 venues in the heart of Rome (in the Monti District, between the Colosseum and Via Nazionale). It is equipped with 50 multifunctional classrooms, 5 recording studios for teaching and recording productions. In 2015 the fourth venue was inaugurated, also in the Monti District and located in Via Baccina.
Saint Louis is the first private Higher Education Music Institute in Italy authorized (by Ministry's Decree No. 144 of 1 August 2012 and n. 246 of 28 March 2013) to award 1st and 2nd cycle academic diplomas in Jazz, Popular Music, Electronic Music, Sound Engineering A and Composition, with the exact same legal value as Conservatory diplomas, therefore equivalent to 1st and 2nd Degrees (Decree N. 144 and Decree N. 246). The accreditation was obtained by the Director M° Stefano Mastruzzi after a long verification process, carried out by the Italian Ministry of Education and University, on the competences, the teaching quality and the educational offer of excellence found over the years at Saint Louis. In July 2012 Saint Louis joined the AEC – Association Européenne des Conservatoires, an elitist network of liaison and comparison between the best European Conservatories and Musical Institutes. In 1994 Saint Louis was recognized by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Rome as a school of cultural interest, in 2005 obtained the acknowledgement of the Ministry of Education, University and Research. Since 2005 Saint Louis has had the European quality certification Iso 9001-2008 and has accredited itself as a professional training body at the Lazio Region.
Every year, Saint Louis awards up to 40 scholarships to particularly deserving and talented students to attend free diploma courses.
Workshops and Master classes
Artists from all over the world have contributed over the last 35 years to the teaching of Saint Louis with workshops and master classes, including Elvin Jones, Pat Metheny, Enrico Pieranunzi, Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack De Johnette, Paul Motian, John Patitucci, Frank Gambale, Maurizio Giammarco, Roberto Gatto, Danilo Rea, Giovanni Tommaso, Enrico Rava, John Taylor, Marcus Miller, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Dave Holland, Kenny Werner, Lee Konitz, Paolo Fresu, Peter Erskine, Jom Hall, Joe Pass, Scott Henderson, Max Roach, Mark Murphy, Carl Anderson, Elliot Zigmund, Darryl Jones, Christian Meyer, Steff Burns, Ricky Portera, Mike Stern, Rosario Giuliani, Robben Ford, Nnenna Freelon, Horacio Hernandez, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer, Jojo Mayer, Dede’ Ceccarelli, Gene Jackson, Jerry Hey, Norma Winstone, Jeff Tain Watts, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Scott Colley, Joey Calderazzo, Phil Markowitz, Peter Bernstein, Nancy King, Mark Turner and many more.
Saint Louis is also a Production Centre, an Artistic music Management, a Jazz recording label and a Pop-Rock recording label, editor of the music news free-press Music in, founder of the European Jazz Contest promoting numerous high-level activities documented within the site. Finally, Saint Louis is home to a study and research centre (www.archivionazionaledeljazz.com), directed by Adriano Mazzoletti, for the conservation and digitization of vast sonory archives, records, engravings and unpublished interviews, historical videos, in order to make this immense cultural heritage usable by the public, and in particular by students and young musicians, scholars, enthusiasts, artists and musicologists.