Adult Piano Workshop

Leander Bien, Director

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 through Sunday, June 11, 2017


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 Program
The workshop focuses on four-hand piano repertoire. Participants will be 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 coachings. There will be time for practice, rehearsal, and sight-reading. The workshop will culminate 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.

The workshop will begin with supper on Tuesday and will end 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.

The Faculty
Leander Bien, director, has degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the Sibelius Academy. He is a former faculty member at the Vantaa Conservatory (Finland), UMass/Amherst, Lehigh University and Moravian College. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC.

Nancy Breth has degrees from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of  Student’s Guide to Effective Practicing. The former director of Camerata de Mexico, she has also lectured at the Smithsonian Institute and had articles published in Articles in American Music Teacher, Keyboard Companion and Clavier.

English pianist Andrew Harley studied at Oxford, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and USC.  Formerly head of Collaborative Piano at UNC/Greensboro, Andrew teaches in the Collaborative Piano Program at Juilliard and at the Levine School in Washington, DC. He performs frequently throughout the US and in Europe.


Victoria Wyatt received her DMA from the Catholic University of America, where she studied with William Masselos.  A veteran pedagogue, clinician and performer, she appears often as recitalist and lecturer, frequently demonstrating her patented program, “Stressbusters”, which deals with performance anxiety.  She maintains an active piano studio in Annandale, VA.

Kristin Mozeiko (Alexander Technique) is an AmSAT certified AT teacher based in Brooklyn, NY.  Currently she serves on the faculty at Queens College.  She holds bachelors and masters degrees in education and French Horn performance and is completing her doctoral studies in Music Education.

Housing and Food

Kinhaven has camp facilities consisting of communal cabins with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. There is electricity in all cabins. The Common Room in the Main House will be available day and night for reading, visiting, and relaxing in front of the fireplace.

Participants have the option of commuting from one of the many inns or motels in the area. A list of inns is available here. Meals will be provided from Tuesday supper to Sunday lunch. The Kinhaven kitchen is famous for its delicious homemade fare—fresh, nutritious and non-institutional. Vegetarian meals will be available.

Costs for 2017 will be confirmed soon.

How to Apply
The application can be found in the Kinhaven Music School brochure and online.  To receive a brochureyou may call the admissions office at (973) 378-5854, email the office at

Audition recording requirements
A home recording or copy of a live performance is fine. The recording can be on a cassette (audio or VHS), CD or DVD. A solo work is preferable. However, a piece of chamber music with the piano clearly defined will be acceptable.

Please be sure to label the recording media and case with your name and the work performed.

Send the completed application and recording to:

Kinhaven Adult Piano Workshop
Leander Bien, Director
9 Lopa Court
North Potomac, MD 20878


If you have further questions, please phone (301) 340-6583 or email

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions drafted by frequent workshop participants, plus testimonials and additional photos.