A Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat in the Berkshires

OUR 2020 MIDSUMMER ADULT PIANO RETREAT REIMAGINED WAS A HUGE SUCCESS.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!
HERE IS ROBIN ROGER’S LOVELY REVIEW OF THE EVENT:
Piano Retreat Reimagined

MAPR 2021 – The Adventure Continues!

Sunday, July 11 – Thursday, July 15, 2021

As much as we would love to all be together in A REAL way this July, it does not appear to be feasible. There is much planning to do and no assurances from anyone at this time, Williams College included, that an in-person event will be safe.   As we announce our 2021 virtual program, we affirm our commitment to creating a retreat that will be exciting and safe.  
 
We offer you the best we can create, with a spectacular WELCOME MESSAGE,  THREE private lessons, FOUR exceptional group classes, and a phenomenal GUEST ARTIST who will give a RECITAL and conduct a STUDIO CLASS.  Please see the program information below for so much more that we are planning!

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2019 Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat Participants

OPENING with PIZZAZZ!
Champagne Toast
 Welcome Message – Special Guest Speaker, Karl Paulnack
Faculty Performance, Six-Hands Recorded Live
 THREE LESSONS —  TRIPLE the LEARNING!
Each student will have a 45-minute lesson with one of the faculty and a 30-minute lesson with each of the two other teachers!
 INSPIRED MOVEMENT in YOUR PERSONAL SPACE
Debi will offer sessions of Alexander Technique and T’ai Chi-inspired movement that you can do easily in your own space of any size!
FOUR! SUPER GROUP CLASSES
Three Extraordinary Classes on Engaging Topics by Debi, John and Alison
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OUR GUEST ARTIST, Dr. POLYAKOV SPEAKS 
on PRACTICING FOUNDATIONS
 
 GUEST ARTIST, ALEKSANDR POLYAKOV in LIVESTREAM RECITAL

https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/directory/aleksandr-polyakov
 
STUDIO CLASS with PROFESSOR POLYAKOV
A Broadened Concept – A Variety of Levels and Pieces for Commentary
 PIANISTS CAN COOK
An Early Evening Culinary Adventure
 LUNCHES AL FRESCO
Lunch and Chat on Alison’s Flower-Laden Porch
 EARLY EVENING FIRESIDE CHAT
Student-Centered Discussion 
 CLOSING SESSION 
Our Pianists (All of You!!!) in a PIANO ROUND TABLE – Twinkle Variations from Mozart and Others (Pre-selected)
Thank you’s and Goodbyes
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 Please join us!
Tuition is $500.00 USD, payable to hold your space
General Registration will open March 2nd.
Email Alison Barr for more information and to obtain our registration procedure. Abarr54@verizon.net

 Alison will provide you with payment options (check or electronic payment)

Please include your name, address, phone and email address. We would also like a description of your relationship to music study and your experience with private study and/or workshops. Feel free to tell us anything else you think we need to know.

From our 2020 participants:

“Our shared passion for piano is always fuelled by the learnings, sharing and community of the Williams group. Each year I come away with more confidence and improved technique. It is a privilege to be part of it.”

“These strange times have been tempered by the joy I have experienced over the last few precious days!”

“It’s inspiring how you have all made music happen for us all in a completely different way – a beautiful and happy bubble of music!”

“The Virtual Retreat has proven a number of things for me:

Music builds fellowship—not just because we share enthusiasm for music but because we display the same degree of commitment and discipline to learning music, whatever our level of skill may be.  

Music builds resilience—we have all continued our  practice during Covid, and benefited from the structure, and stimulation not to mention the beauty of our music.  There is a long road ahead and music will help us stay the course.

Music builds stamina—the MAPR triumvirate have managed a new technology, created a new format, and coordinated a complex program, in good spirits.  Where did they get the ability and energy?  They have been developing it and maintaining it at their keyboards their entire lives.”

FACULTY


Debi Adams
is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique and a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano. IMG_3952She 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, Germany and Tokyo. Debi maintains a private practice in piano and the Alexander Technique and performs in the Boston area.  debiadamsat.comthewelltemperedpianist.com


Alison Barr
operates an independent studio in Hanover, Massachusetts, and holds the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Certificate in piano.

thumbnailShe serves as a musical ambassador in the American Voices YES Academy in Beirut, Lebanon, and recently created the MMTA Music Connect Program, which grants tuition assistance for private lessons. 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, most every January.  alisonbarr.com

John Ferguson holds a Doctoral degree in Piano from Indiana University, where he studied piano with Edward Auer and Menahem Pressler. is6WlZ+XQ42%LkL%fhuwAAAs 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

GUEST ARTIST: Aleksandr Polyakov is an instructor of piano at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He is a Ukrainian-American pianist and conductor who is rapidly establishing an international reputation for his remarkable virtuosity, command of sonority, and communicative powers.

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The winner of more than 20 international competitions, his notable prizes include third prize at the ninth International Liszt Competition (Netherlands), second prize at the sixth International Liszt Competition (Germany), and first prize at the Steinway Society Competition (Boston).

Polyakov has performed in major venues of the United States, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Estonia, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, and Brazil. “Technical difficulties seem to disappear under his hands” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and “he has the tremendous virtuosity of Martha Argerich” (Nordbayerischer Kuriernotes).

Polyakov is also a dedicated and sought-after pedagogue. He has taught at Music Fest Perugia and given masterclasses in the U.S., China and Europe. He often incorporates modern technologies in his teaching.

Polyakov was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and studied piano performance and orchestral conducting at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. He earned his A.D. at Boston Conservatory at Berklee under the instruction of Michael Lewin.

Opening Speaker: As an advocate for music and the arts, pianist Karl Paulnack is increasingly in demand as a keynote speaker and lecturer.  UnknownHis thoughts on music have been translated into six languages and appeared on well over 100,000 websites, in print publications and in the program books of dozens of symphony orchestras and concert series around the world. He has been quoted in official testimony on behalf of funding for the arts. Dr. Paulnack served as Dean of the School of Music at Ithaca College from 2013-2020, and as Director of the Boston Conservatory’s Music Division from 2002-2013. He has served on the faculties of Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, Round Top, and Madeline Island festivals, as well as the University of Minnesota and University of Southern California.

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “a firecracker of a pianist” and “master of his instrument,” Dr. Paulnack has partnered vocal and instrumental soloists, chamber groups, orchestras, conductors and opera companies in well over a thousand concerts throughout North America, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Macedonia, Norway, Romania, and Russia. He has appeared in concert at Alice Tully, CAMI, Carnegie, Merkin and Weil recital halls; Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, the Library of Congress and the Hollywood Bowl.  His regular recital partners include violinist Jorja Fleezanis, soprano Lucy Shelton, and numerous chamber ensembles.

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!

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