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 15th Annual Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat. On Monday, July 6– Monday July 13, 2020 pianists, beginning and advanced alike, will gather for musical growth and camaraderie in a setting where practice, discussion and progress are easy and rewarding.


2019 Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat Participants

Offerings of the Workshop:

  • GUEST ARTIST– Scott Donald

From our 2019 participants:

  • Thanks you for a wonderful piano retreat.  I especially appreciate the warm welcome into the group from the faculty as well as from all the participants.
  • Thank you for a well-thought out, creative and interesting retreat!
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone, for everything you taught me and all the ways you supported me.
  • Thanks to everyone for making this such an invaluable experience of musical appreciation , awakenings and learning, not to mention the welcoming company of new and not quite new friends.
  • Like many, I’m sure, it is sad to leave this afternoon, but I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
  • Miss your encouragement and energy so much and I’ve only been gone a day!!
  • I won’t say this was the best piano retreat of all, because they’ve all been great, but for me, this one was particularly productive.
From our Guest Artist: 
  • Thank you for all the effort you took to set up my performance. I was awed by the piano, setting and the tech equipment available.  I greatly appreciated the time you took to get things in place for the tech rehearsals and performance.


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. 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

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

GUEST ARTIST: Scott Donald 


Dr. L. Scott Donald is the owner of Studio A, a private piano studio and music consulting business in Austin, TX. A native of South Carolina, he earned his BM in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  He completed his MM in Applied Piano and DMA in Music Education/Piano Pedagogy from The University of Texas at Austin. During his graduate studies, he was a winner of the UT concerto competition and completed his Doctoral dissertation titled The Organization of Rehearsal Tempos and Efficiency of Motor Skill Acquisition in Piano Performance.  Dr. Donald was been on the piano faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio, The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ and faculty at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ.  He is also on the faculty of the Yes Academy in Beirut, Lebanon. He has maintained a private studio and taught pre-collegiate and adult students since 1996. In 2009, he was invited to join the faculty at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan.  In 2010, Dr. Donald made his Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City. When he is not teaching, performing, or engaging in research, Dr. Donald enjoys running and has completed multiple Half and Full Marathons including running the New York City, Philadelphia, Marine Corp, Chicago and Austin Marathons. https://studioapiano.com/


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:  $1785.00 (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 25 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, 2020. To hold your place, please send the following information with a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500.00 USD by March 1, 2020, payable to Deborah Adams, to 33A Harvard St., #302, Brookline, MA 02445. (Please have checks drawn from a U.S. bank.) Balance of $1285.00 USD is due by June 1, 2020. 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 25 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