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About the Adult Piano Workshop

Leander Bien, Director

Summers in Vermont remain a cherished memory in the minds of the many professional and non-professional musicians who have attended Kinhaven Music School. Kinhaven’s emphasis on non-competitive, supportive music making has been at the very heart of its philosophy. This approach—the basis for our success with students of all ages—is the guiding spirit for our Piano workshop.

The workshop focuses on four-hand piano repertoire. Participants are paired together and four-hand repertoire can be selected by each team or assigned by the faculty. Each four-hand duo will receive three 75 minute coaching sessions, with additional time for practice, rehearsal, and sight-reading. The workshop culminates in student concerts. In addition, there will be group and private Alexander Technique sessions, as well as four-handed sightreading sessions with the faculty. Pre-existing four-hand teams are especially welcome.

Workshop participants may stay in Kinhaven’s communal cabins with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. There is electricity in all cabins. The Common Room in the Main House is available day and night for reading, visiting, and relaxing in front of the fireplace. Participants also have the option of commuting from one of the many inns or motels in the area. Meals are provided from Tuesday supper to Sunday lunch. The Kinhaven kitchen is famous for its delicious homemade fare—fresh, nutritious and non-institutional. Vegetarian meals are available.

The workshop begins with supper on Tuesday and ends with lunch on Sunday. It is open to intermediate to advanced level pianists, ages 18 or older. Acceptance will be based upon a recording or a live audition.

More information about dates, tuition, and audition requirements for 2018 will be available in late October. Please join our mailing list to be notified when applications are open for next summer’s program.