A Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat in the Berkshires

Williams College, in the heart of the scenic and cultural Mecca of Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains, will be the site of our 13th Annual Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat. On Saturday, July 7– Saturday July 14, 2018 pianists, beginning and advanced alike, will gather for musical growth and camaraderie in a setting where practice, discussion and progress are easy and rewarding.


2017 Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat Participants

Offerings of the Workshop:

  • GUEST ARTIST– Hugh Hinton

From our 2017 participants:

  • “I just can’t imagine life without our Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat!”
  • “What a wonderful week it was and I’m now inspired to learn new repertoire!”
  • “My private lessons with all of you inspire me throughout the year.  Your kindness, warmth and generosity set a beautiful tone for all of us and keep us on our toes!”
  • “Thank you for your coaching, music mentoring and all you do!”
  • “You all have such a gift for teaching and your enthusiasm for music is infectious!”


debiDebi Adams is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique and a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Boston University. Debi currently teaches the Technique at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she also directs a teacher-training course. Her teaching has recently brought her to Peru, Seoul and Tokyo. Debi maintains a private practice in piano and the Alexander Technique and performs in the Boston area.  debiadamsat.comthewelltemperedpianist.com

abarrAlison Barr operates an independent studio in Hanover, Massachusetts, and holds the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Certificate in piano and was named Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year in 2013.  She recently completed a term as National Certification Commissioner for MTNA.  Alison holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Boston University.  With flute as her second instrument, Alison works with her students, children and adults alike, on collaborative musicianship.  She also offers the Midwinter Adult Piano Retreat in Lake Worth, Florida, every January.  alisonbarr.com

John Ferguson

John Ferguson holds a Doctoral degree in Piano from Indiana University, where he studied piano with Edward Auer and Menahem Pressler.  As an undergraduate he majored in both Piano and Violin at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, and as a graduate student at Indiana studied conducting, composition and violin intensively while earning his degrees in piano. 

Ferguson’s performances have been praised for their “proselytizing zeal–along with fleet fingers, power, and fine dynamic control” (Boston Globe)   Ferguson has performed solo recitals in major cities throughout the US, including concert series’ and festivals in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, and Providence.   

In 2002 Ferguson was a semifinalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.  Other awards include Second Prize in the San Francisco State Young Pianists’ Competition and First Prize in the Lodi Symphony Concerto Competition.  As a composer Ferguson has received awards and honors from the Bakersfield Symphony, Composers’ Guild, ASCAP, Society of Composers, and American Composers Forum, who commissioned his brass quintet Part Park, Part Art.  Ferguson’s Piano Piece No. 4 was selected for performance at the Toronto 2000 international music conference.  johnferguson.org



Dr. Hugh Hinton, D.M.A. serves at Merrimack College as Director of  Campus Music Activities and leads the Merrimack Schola, the liturgical music ensemble of Campus Ministry.  Dr. Hinton enjoys a varied musical career as pianist, Choral director, liturgical musician, and arranger.

As a concert pianist, he has performed across the United States and in many foreign countries, including Japan, Australia, Russia, and throughout the Middle East. He performed the premiere of Bernard Rands’s Triple Concerto with the Florida Philharmonic, and performed and recorded the work with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, released on Albany Records. Dr. Hinton also recorded Donald Martino’s 12 Preludes for Solo Piano, released on New World Records.  Dr. Hinton has been a member of the pioneering contemporary music group Core Ensemble since its founding. Core Ensemble has received national recognition for their unique programs, dubbed “chamber music theatre,” that focus on themes of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Dr. Hinton earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from New England Conservatory. A passionate teacher, he has taught at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and at the College of the Holy Cross.

PKMose_5 We would like to honor, acknowledge and deeply thank Peter Kristian Mose, the founding faculty member of our retreat. Peter started the forerunner of our Williams program in the Czech Republic in 2000. We’ve based the Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat on this original model. Peter has offered his wisdom and expertise to our program since its inception in 2005, continuing to serve as a faculty member until 2017. Peter, your influence will always be with us and we appreciate that you have pledged your ongoing support to future retreats. Thank you!

TUITION:  $1650.00 (USD) includes:
Lodging, on-campus meals throughout the workshop, a ticket to the Tanglewood concert and special dinner, private lessons, practice facilities, all classes, the master class and performance by Hugh Hinton and a farewell luncheon.

LODGING: Convenient, comfortable dormitory single rooms

TRANSPORTATION is the responsibility of the participant.

Our enrollment is limited to 24 participants and will be based on the receipt of both the tuition deposit and tuition balance.

QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions to Alison Barr at 781-982-8920, or e-mail her at abarr54@verizon.net

TO REGISTER: Registration opens January 2, 2018. To hold your place, please send the following information with a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500.00 USD by March 1, 2018, payable to Deborah Adams, to 33A Harvard St., #302, Brookline, MA 02445. (Please have checks drawn from a U.S. bank.) Balance of $1150.00 USD is due by June 1, 2018. If the workshop is cancelled, the tuition deposit will be fully refunded. Late registrations will be accepted until June 15, space permitting.  However, we generally fill up quickly and will place students on a waiting list after we reach our 24 participants.

Also, please provide:

  • Participant’s Name and Address
  • Participant’s Phone Numbers
  • Participant’s E-Mail Address

If a newcomer, please give a description of your relationship to music study and your experience with private study and/or workshops.

Do you have any special concerns, dietary needs or physical limitations of which we should be aware?

Williams College is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of the Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat