Teachers Program

                                        Performers (June 7 - 17)
                              Observers (June 13 - 17)

New!
Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Do you feel the need to improve your piano skill? Do you wish to perform along with other teachers in recitals? Do you want to play in master classes? Is playing concerto with an orchestra one of your dreams? If so, the Teachers Program is just right for you. We are unique in that, besides the highly informative series of lectures and presentations, we offer a special program for piano teachers who wish to advance as pianists as well. Catering for teachers of all categories, participants have a choice of attending as General Observers, Active Observers and Performers.


Performers (June 7 - 17)

Every performer plays in one master class and receives two private lessons, each with a different artist/teacher. They also perform in recitals open to the public. In master classes, private lessons and recitals performers may play from memory or with music, and repertoire is entirely free choice. They may play different pieces in each event or the same piece every time. The director is responsible for allocating the master classes and private lessons with the artists/teachers, and his decision is final. Participants are free to attend all other events, including the Young Artists Master Classes and recitals and the Distinguished Artists Series within the duration of their enrollment.


Concerto

First time in the history of any teachers program in the world, PianoTexas is pleased to present an opportunity for participants to perform with a professional orchestra – the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra - the host orchestra to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

For this concerto component, participation is optional. Those who participate will be provided with an accompanist. Six to seven winners are then chosen to play ONE MOVEMENT (maximum 18 minutes) of a concerto with the orchestra. For this opportunity, the selected performers are required to $500 in addition to the program fee. Please check the concerto repertoire list for your selection. Winners have a choice of either playing the concerto from memory or with the score.


Guest Artists

PianoTexas is pleased to announce Paul Badura-Skoda, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Nelita True as our featured guest artists for the Teachers Program. They will be conducting master classes and presenting lectures. Mr. Badura-Skoda will be performing a recital in the Distinguished Artists Series.


Presentations on Special Topics

Several lectures on useful topics covering style, teaching demonstration, technique and prevention of injury are presented. At the end of each lecture there will be questions and answers and discussion sessions.

Active Observers (June 13 – 17)

Understandably, there are teachers who have not performed for a long time, who would love to advance their skills at the piano, but who are somewhat anxious by the idea of performing in public. If you have never joined this program as a performer, want to take lessons but wish only to observe the performers before taking a big step on stage yourself, the status of Active Observer is ideal for you. Active Observers receive two private lessons, each with a different artist/teacher. Repertoire is entirely free choice and you may play from memory or with music. The amount of repertoire prepared is also your choice. The director is responsible for allocating the private lessons with the artists/teachers, and his decision is final. Submission of audition recording is not required. Participants are free to attend all other events, including the Young Artists master classes and recitals, and the Distinguished Artist Series within the duration of their enrollment.


General Observers (June 13 - 17)

This status is not restricted to piano teachers alone. Anyone interested in the program is invited to apply. During the program, General Observers are welcome to approach any artist/teacher of their choice for private lessons at additional cost.


Practice Facilities

Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each performer with a minimum of four hours per day. Active Observers also have access to these practice rooms. Other practice rooms with upright pianos and our practice rooms are available to everyone on a first-come-first-served basis. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.


Accommodation

The TCU dormitory, conveniently located right next to the music building, is newly renovated offering spacious bedrooms with semi-private baths, comfortable lounges, large common kitchens and laundry facilities. All bedrooms are provided with linen and towels, and equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave oven, and phone jacks. The University cafeteria and other places to eat are all within easy walking distance. Cost of single room is $43 per night, and double room is $32 per person per night. For more details on the dorm facilities see TCU Residential Services.



Program Fees

Performers - $400
Additional Fee for performing with the Fort Worth symphony Orchestra - $500

Active Observers - $300

General Observers - $150

Application Deadlines

Performers

               April 9, 2007, postmarked (both U.S.A. and other countries)

Active Observers

               April 30, 2007, postmarked (both U.S.A. and other countries)


General Observers

               May 14 , 2007, postmarked (both U.S.A. and other countries)

Application Procedures