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 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 MMTA’s 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
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!