2008


Amateurs Program (June 5 – 15)

REGARDLESS OF YOUR AGE, PROFESSION AND BACKGROUND, as long as you are an amateur pianist who loves playing the piano, we warmly invite you to join us for this 10-day program. The Amateurs Program is designed for adult non-professional pianists who have aspiration to keep learning and to experience the art of performing. You are here to be a student again, to study with professional musicians and to share with other fellow amateurs. Depending on the different levels and objectives of each individual participant, the program can be either fun and entertaining, or highly intensive and demanding. For the past 11 years since the inception of this program, participants who, at the beginning, were unsure of themselves have now expressed their gratitude for being totally inspired and encouraged. They return repeatedly to our program with growing confidence and fresh repertoire, not to mention the remarkable progress they demonstrate year after year. The camaraderie with other amateurs also creates a friendly atmosphere and a wonderful experience.

2007 Amateurs Master Class with
Arie Vardi

2007 Amateurs Recital

Performers:
Twenty-Four applicants are accepted as Performers, based on submitted audition recordings. Participants play in one master class and receive three 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 the repertoire is entirely free choice. Pieces represented in each event may also be the same or different. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating the master classes and private lessons with the artist/teachers, and his decision is final. All participants are free to attend all other events, including the Young Artists Program and Master Artist Recitals listed on the calendar during your enrollment.

Concerto with the FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A unique occasion for any amateur pianist is to perform with a professional orchestra. PianoTexas provides an extraordinary opportunity to all the participants who would like to take up this challenge to perform a concerto movement (maximum 20 minutes) with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Between six to eight amateurs are selected during a competition that is open to the public. An accompanist will be provided for this event, for the extra coaching sessions, for the meeting with the conductor. A full rehearsal with the orchestra is scheduled, followed by an evening public performance. For this opportunity, the selected performers are required to pay $500 in addition to the program fee. For concerto repertoire selection please refer to Concerto Repertoire.


2006 Amateurs Competition with
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Master Classes and Private Lessons:
Every performer plays in one master class and receives three private lessons, each with a different artist/teacher. Playing from memory is not mandatory. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating the master classes and private lessons with the artist/teachers, and his decision is final. All participants are free to attend all other events, including the Young Artists master classes and recitals, and the Distinguished Artist Series listed on the events calendar within the duration of their enrollment.

2007 Amateurs Master Class with Jon Nakamatsu

Recitals:
All performing participants are encouraged to sign up for recitals. These concerts are open to the public. Repertoire is entirely free choice, and playing from memory is not mandatory.


Active Observers:
Active Observers may attend all events listed on the calendar plus they receive two private lessons, each with a different artist/teacher. Upon the recommendation of the artist/teachers, they may be selected to perform in one recital. Applicants not chosen as performers are highly encouraged to attend as Active Observers.


General Observers:
Music lovers of all ages and background are most welcome to all or portion of the the Festival. During the program, General Observers are welcome to approach any artist/teacher of their choice for private lessons at additional cost.


2007 Amateurs Chamber Music Recital


2007 Amateurs Master Class with
Igor Resnianski

Practice Facilities:
Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to performing Amateurs for a minimum of four hours per day. Active Observers also have access to these practice rooms. Other practice rooms with upright pianos are also available to everyone, including General Observers, on first-come-first-served basis. All pratice 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 equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave oven, and phone jacks. The University cafeteria and other places to eat are all within easy walking distance.
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Program Fees
          Performers - $850
             If selected for concerto performance additional $500
           
            Active Observers - $450
            General Observers - $250

 

Application Deadlines

Performers:
                March 24 , 2008 postmarked (U.S.A. and other countries)

Active Observers:
               April 28, 2008, postmarked (U.S.A. and other countries)

General Observers
               May 19, 2008 postmarked (U.S.A. and other countries)


Application Procedures