Our reimagined versions of the piano retreat online were a huge success.
But in 2022 we are back in person at a new venue!
2019 Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat Participants
Saturday, July 9, 2022 – Friday, July 15, 2022
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 3 group classes, daily movement classes, 3 private lessons, practice time, 2 guest artist recitals, a masterclass and ensemble coachings. 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 $1950 USD. To register, please send a $600 non-refundable deposit to Deborah Adams. Venmo, Zelle, Paypal or a check is fine. Email Alison Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and information on payment options. The remainder of tuition will be due on or before June 1, 2022.
Note: Transportation to and from Endicott College is NOT included.
From our 2020 participants:
“Our shared passion for piano is always fueled 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.”
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.com, thewelltemperedpianist.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
A native of the Dominican Republic, Vargas began his studies at a young age with renowned Cuban pianist and pedagogue Karelia Escalante. He was an active participant in and winner of national and international competitions, including the Manuel Rueda award in 2005 in the Dominican Republic’s Festival of Latin American Music, third prize in the Steinway Society of Massachusetts competition, second prize in the Churchill Scholarship competition, and second prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition.
Vargas has a particular interest in developing programs that facilitate musical education for the underprivileged. A 2008 grant from the Boston Public Library allowed him to create a piano program through which dozens of children are able to receive free lessons in piano and theory.
In 2012, Vargas cofounded (with Colombian violinist José Romero) the Macondo Chamber Players, an organization that brings together established and emerging artists from Latin America and the world to perform chamber music, teach young people, and encourage international understanding. Since its creation, the group has given tours in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Turkey, receiving praise from both audiences and the press.
Awarded the Zitrin scholarship in 2005, Vargas completed both his B.M. and M.M. at Boston Conservatory under the guidance of Jonathan Bass.
When musicians Ellyses Kuan and Julie Reimann met at a classical charity concert in 2012, it sparked a lasting relationship. The pair quickly established a close friendship around their shared passion for music and its potential to bring greater harmony to the world.
The result was Duo Amie and a mission to champion inspiration and diversity through music, community, collaboration, and celebration. The pair regularly perform across Massachusetts and beyond, often in support of a range of local and international charities. Equally at home in diverse venues, from concert halls to hotels, corporate settings, and living rooms, the duo can present both full length concert programs as well as programmatic music for weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions.
Both classically trained, pianist Ellyses (Eastman School of Music) and cellist Julie (Curtis Institute of Music), formed the duo in 2015 and the pair have been richly praised for their virtuosity, expressivity, and engaging presence. Duo Amie has a strong reputation for themed programs, which seek to stimulate audiences with performances that combine both auditory and visual elements. Their repertoire is diverse, and both musicians delight in exploring both classical, contemporary, and popular music forms.
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!