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 12th Annual Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat. On Saturday, July 8 – Saturday July 15, 2017, pianists, beginning and advanced alike, will gather for musical growth and camaraderie in a setting where practice, discussion and progress are easy and rewarding.


2016 Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat Participants

Offerings of the Workshop:

  • GUEST ARTIST– Timothy McFarland

From our 2016 participants:

  • “It is such a privilege to be part of such a special group sparked by such extraordinary teachers.”
  • “As full as it was with activity, the week somehow seemed expansive and liberating, a truly inspiring ‘summit’ of our piano year.”
  • “The three of you demonstrate such an extraordinary commitment to creating a culture in which we feel welcome, supported and challenged to grow.”
  • “I’m still on a high after my week at Williams!”
  • “You work so hard to create an outstanding program for all of us amateur musicians.”
  • “Such a magical week! Thank you all for being so welcoming, curious, generous and passionate with your music-making endeavors!”
  • “What a wonderful week it was. I had a ball and am inspired to learn new repertoire now.”


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

PKMose_5Peter Kristian Mose is an independent piano teacher in Toronto, Ontario, who devotes himself to the musical amateur. He holds degrees in music and adult education from Dartmouth College and National-Louis University, and piano performance and pedagogy diplomas from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music. He is also well known as a writer/commentator about classical music, and presents interactive workshops on the art of listening.. mosemusicalarts.com

TUITION:  $1595.00 (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 Timothy McFarland and a farewell luncheon.

GUEST ARTIST: Timothy McFarland


Timothy McFarland is a piano soloist, chamber musician, teacher, coach, conductor, and recording artist. Tim earned BM and MM degrees in performance at New England Conservatory of Music, studying piano with Russell Sherman and Rudolf Kolisch. He has performed throughout the US and Europe, including premieres of works by Robert Ceely, Peter Lieberson, David Patterson, and Jon Ceander Mitchell’s Piano Concerto written for and dedicated to Tim.

Tim is currently Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Affiliate Artists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a faculty member of the coaching and conducting staff and the Composers Conference/Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College. He has presented master classes for the New School of Music in Cambridge MA and the Boston Piano Amateurs International Competition. He also maintains an active studio of adult amateurs. Additional positions in conducting include former music director of the Belmont (MA) Symphony and former associate conductor of the Boston Neo-Politan Chamber Orchestra. Recordings include Ceely works on BEEP records and Patterson compositions on Albany records.

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 10, 2017. To hold your place, please send the following information with a non-refundable tuition deposit of $400.00 USD by March 1, 2017, payable to Deborah Adams, to 33A Harvard St., #302, Brookline, MA 02445. (Please have checks drawn from a U.S. bank.) Balance of $1195.00 USD is due by June 1, 2017. 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