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

 

2020 MIDSUMMER ADULT PIANO RETREAT REIMAGINED!

JULY 5-8, 2020

Nothing can replace our being together in person. The hot meals laid out for us at the Faculty Dining Room, the sumptuous accommodations at Dodd House, the scent of pine forest as you walk to the Bernhardt Music Center, the evening air blowing through Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood …..it’s all unique to our summer experience  

 John, Debi and Alison (and Peter before us) are proud of The Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat and extremely sad that it can’t happen in a REAL way this year.

 We hope that the offering below will keep your pianistic momentum going and rejuvenate your musical spirits!  Much of what you see will be offered on Zoom.  The concert will be live-streamed on Facebook.  We will make sure everyone has instructions well in advance as to how to prepare.  

 We have scheduled MAPR Reimagined on Sunday, July 5 (an early evening Kick-Off)  through Wednesday, July 8.  We will consider everyone’s time zones in the schedule.

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2019 Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat Participants

KICK-OFF

Fireworks and Memories (Bring Your Own Vino) – We welcome you all with a slideshow of fondest scenes from our past 15 years.  Don’t worry—we’ll have something for our newcomers too! And we will have a Special Visit from our Founding Father Peter Mose.

ONE LESSON for MAXIMUM GROWTH

Each student will have a 60-minute lesson, assigned at random, with one of the MAPR faculty members.  Alison will circulate a survey on what you want to cover with your teacher, so you will get the greatest benefit from your lesson!

INSPIRED MOVEMENT in YOUR PERSONAL SPACE

Debi will offer sessions of Alexander- and Tai Chi-inspired movement which you can do easily in your own space of any size!

OUR THREE GROUP CLASSES:

 YOUR EYES: WINDOWS to the SOUL and VEHICLES for ZOOM

Debi’s class will explore the added effort and restrictions to eye movements that are the result of extra screen time. The effects of these restrictions on reading music and finding freedom in movement to play piano will be remedied by some simple movements to practice.

PROGRAMMING — WITH or WITHOUT A RECITAL

A concert program—like a meal—depends not only on the strength of its individual selections, but how it functions as a whole.  Contrast of style, mood, and key are necessary, even in concerts of music by a single composer.  In John’s class, you will consider your own repertoire for the week, and other great music, and discuss with each other ways to combine these pieces into a coherent and effective (hypothetical) concert program.

THE PROFESSION THAT KEEPS ON GIVING – FORTY-FIVE GLORIOUS YEARS of TEACHING PIANO

Did you ever wonder what your piano teacher was really thinking during your lesson?  Alison Barr’s experience in the trenches is replete with anecdotes, vignettes and unbelievable stories.  You can also share YOUR best lesson stories (names withheld to protect the “ innocent.”)  Also, what should your teacher offer you and how might you best ask for it?

GUEST ARTIST, Dr. SCOTT DONALD – LES SIX CONCERT and MASTER CLASS 

Scott, an engaging and gifted pianist and teacher with a compelling online presence, reports that he is already planning a 45-minute long LiveStream Lecture-Recital on the Music of Les Six.  Scott will send out background information. Plan to be informed, enthralled and entertained, as you sip your champagne from the comfort of your own couch.  The sound will be quite good on this platform.

MASTER CLASS with Dr. DONALD

We are working with Scott to make this as authentic as possible, to try to offer you interaction as in the “real thing” and to insure that the sound quality is good.  Participants will be determined in advance and copies of repertoire will be sent out to all participants!

AU REVOIR UNTIL 2021 

We plan a farewell ceremony with art, poetry and humor while we bid each other fond adieux until July 2021!

Come Join Us!

Full tuition is $500.

See registration details below.

 

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!
  • 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.
  • 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.

FACULTY

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 

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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:  $500 (USD) 

QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions to Alison Barr at 781-982-8920, or e-mail her at abarr54@verizon.net

TO REGISTER:  To hold your place, please send the following information with your tuition of $500.00 USD by June 1, 2020, payable to Deborah Adams, to 33A Harvard St., #302, Brookline, MA 02445. (Please have checks drawn from a U.S. bank.)  If you prefer, you can contact us for arrangements for online payments. Space is limited. Registrations will be accepted until June 15th, space permitting.  

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. Feel free to tell us anything else you think we need to know.

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