A Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat

Endicott College, Beverly, MA


MAPR 2022

2022 Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat Participants

Saturday, July 8, 2023 – Friday, July 15, 2023

Endicott College in Beverly, MA on the WATER

Easily accessible from Logan Airport. Beautiful Campus with easy parking.

Covid Policy: Participants must be fully vaccinated in order to attend this retreat. See Covid details here.

We will offer highly informative lectures, daily movement classes, 3 private lessons, practice time, 2 guest artist recitals, a “Fireside Chat” on the roof, a masterclass with Jonathan Bass, ensemble coachings with Christina Wright-Ivanova, a dinner outing and time for student sharing. The dormitory is made up of townhouses with 3 to a townhouse; you will have a private room.  Both the dorms and music building are air conditioned. 

The total tuition is $2250 USD. To register, please send a $600 non-refundable deposit to Deborah Adams. Venmo, Zelle, Paypal or a check is fine. Email us at summerpianoretreat@gmail.com for details and information on payment options. The remainder of tuition will be due on or before May 15, 2023.

Note: Transportation to and from Endicott College is NOT included in the tuition.

From our 2022 participants:

*Our faculty is unequaled, as it has always been. I think we have been so fortunate all these years to have them. That’s the most important aspect of the whole MAPR experience, and I just can’t imagine another workshop that would command that kind of enduring loyalty. Bravissimo! 

*The MAPR is such a special experience, and it has become a very important part of my life each summer.  

*Debi, Alison, and John, I learn so much from you each year and I feel like I make a giant leap forward during each MAPR session in large part through lessons, classes, and one-on-one conversations with each of you.

*What an awesome group! All the formal and informal opportunities we have to socialize, converse, and exchange our thoughts on music makes this such a rich experience.

*Piano retreat week is one of my favorite times of the year. I love music, but playing the piano can be a lonely pursuit. Coming together in person with others who share one’s interest, challenges, and joys is a valuable part of the program for me.

*Having the concert come to us was a real treat. The opportunity to interact with the musicians in a more intimate setting was indeed special.  

 *I particularly enjoy the “fireside” chats. They are always informative, relevant to playing better or with ease and a great opportunity to interact with the whole group.  

 *The in-depth lectures on composers or music we’re going to hear at the concert are always well-done and interesting.  

 *It is a great privilege to learn from Debi, Alison, and John. It is also a wonderful experience for the students to learn from and encourage one another as we explore our pianistic interests!




Debi 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, 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. She 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. 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. Christina Wright-Ivanova, hailed by critics as “a brilliant pianist” (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna) with a “warm and reassuring sound” (Boston Intelligencer) is currently Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Keene State College. She currently serves as the Interim Artistic Director for the Redfern Arts Center for the 2022-23 season. For the past nine years, she has been serving as the Artistic Director for the North End Music & Performing Arts ‘Winter Concert Series’, and she recently joined the faculty at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Dr. Wright-Ivanova frequently performs solo recitals with a special focus on new music. She is on faculty at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice and has premiered over 125 works by living composers. She has performed both solo and collaborative new works in such venues as Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Berklee School of Music, MIT, The Harvard Club, Opera America (NY), Jordan Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Old North Meeting House, and in the Clutch New Music Series in Austin TX and the NEXTET series in Las Vegas.

OCS+playing+Gettysburg“In Orlando Cela’s able hands and imagination, a flute becomes a world orchestra,” says the Oregon ArtsWatch about Orlando’s lively performances that open new worlds of experience. Known for his compelling renditions, using imaginative programming, Orlando has premiered over 200 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor, to rave reviews from the media from the Boston Globe to the  Oregon ArtsWatch. In concert, Mr. Cela regularly offers short lively introductions to selected works, providing  audiences with entry points into unfamiliar works, so that listeners can easily connect the music with other life experience. We are delighted that he will join Christina in a duo concert.



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!

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