Adult Piano Workshop
Leander Bien, Director
We are sorry to announce that, due to COVID-19 concerns, this session as been canceled for summer 2020.
Click here to read a letter from the Adult Piano Workshop Director.
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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 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.
LEANDER BIEN, Director, has degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and the Sibelius Academy. Formally on faculty at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Lehigh University, Moravian College and the Levine School of Music (Washington, DC), he currently maintains a private teaching and coaching studio in Maryland. He has performed throughout the US, in Europe and Southeast Asia as soloist and collaborative artist. Also a composer, his work is published by Mentor Music and has been featured on National Public Radio and at the National Flute and Society of Composers conventions.
Pre-college students of NANCY O’NEILL BRETH have won the national (MTNA) piano duet competition three times since its inception in 2008. Nancy frequently gives presentations on piano pedagogy and practicing to teacher groups throughout the country and is the author of Practicing the Piano (2012) and Piano Student’s Guide to Effective Practicing (2004). In 2015, she was named Virginia’s Teacher of the Year. Nancy has degrees in piano performance from the University of Indiana and the University of Wisconsin.
English pianist ANDREW HARLEY studied at Oxford, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and the University of Southern California. Formerly Head of Collaborative Piano at the University of North Carolina/Greensboro, Andrew has taught in the Collaborative Piano Program at the Juilliard School, served as guest professor at USC, and is pianist at the Kamp-Lintfort Festival in Germany. Currently Associate Director of Collaborative Piano at the Aspen Music Festival, Andrew’s performing career spans the US and Europe, and includes collaborative performances with many of today’s leading artists, among them Lynn Harrell and Denyce Graves.
VICTOR GALINDO, a faculty member at the Levine School of Music (Washington, DC), has performed in Europe, Russia and Latin America. He earned degrees in performance and piano pedagogy at the University of Michigan and the University of Montana, and his teaching was recognized with an award from the Fifth Biennial National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. Victor is the author of several music books for young pianists. He also has an interest in international socio-economic development, having worked in USAID programs in Latin America. He received a master’s degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University.
KRISTIN MOZEIKO, a musician and AmSAT-certified Alexander Technique teacher based in Brooklyn, NY, leads optional group and one-on-one sessions in the technique for resolving movement problems that cause chronic pain and stress for performers and athletes. Kristin serves on the faculty at Queens College and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and French Horn performance. She 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.
$1,200 — Participants staying on campus (On-Campus guests, $400)
$1,100 — Participants commuting to campus (Commuter guests, $300)
How to Apply
Join our email list to be notified when we’re accepting applications for Summer 2021.
If you have any questions in the meantime, you may call the admissions office at (973) 378-5854 or 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.