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– John Ferguson

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: John Ferguson

John Ferguson

John Ferguson holds a Doctoral degree in Piano from Indiana University, where he studied piano with Edward Auer and Menahem Pressler.  He has had masterclasses and lessons with Gilbert Kalish, Stephen Drury, Ursula Oppens, and Leonard Hokanson, and he studied composition privately with Lukas Foss.  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) and “impressive qualities of pianistic brilliance, strength, intellect and sensitivity” (Sacramento Bee).  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.  Ferguson’s performances have been heard on radio stations WFMT-Chicago, WMBC-Baltimore, KZSU-Palo Alto, KUOP-Stockton, and WFIU-Bloomington.

Currently his recital programs feature some of the most difficult and epic works in the keyboard literature, including Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata, Bach’s Art of Fugue, and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never be Defeated.  Ferguson’s performances have also included such rarities as Liszt’s arrangements of Beethoven’s symphonies, music from the renaissance and middle ages, and a wide range of contemporary music, including his own compositions.  Ferguson is an active chamber musician in the Boston area, having performed at Jordan Hall, the Longy School of Music, Boston Conservatory, and Boston University among other venues.   As an orchestral soloist, he has recently appeared with the Melrose Philharmonic, North Shore Philharmonic, Atlantic Union College Orchestra and Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard University. 

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.  

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