Young Artists Program (June 5 - 29)

REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED SUMMER PIANO PROGRAMS in the world, PianoTexas' Young Artists Program is a supremely challenging and demanding course for gifted young pianists. 24 participants selected from nations around the world gather in TCU School of Music's superb facility to learn and experience the art and skill of becoming future international concert artists. During the three-week program our Young Artists are totally immersed in music and these valuable and beneficial experiences allow tremendous development and growth. Friendships are formed and many of them keep regular contact with us seeking advice and ideas as they embark on their career as performing artists.

2007 Concerto Rehearsal with Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya

2007 Concerto Concert with
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
and Arie Vardi
Concerto Performance:
Of paramount importance in the preparation for a performing career is the experience and exposure of performing concertos with orchestras, in particular professional ensembles. PianoTexas is the only program in the world offering two evenings of exclusively concerto concerts, allowing six Young Artists to perform complete concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra - the host orchestra to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. It is mandatory that all the participating Young Artists take part in the concerto competition, held during the first week of the program. An accompanist is provided for rehearsals and the competition. Each of the six selected performers will be offered one private session with the conductor and one full rehearsal with the FWSO prior to the performance. For concerto repertoire choose only from the list provided. Upon the advice of the conductor, the Richard C. Gipson and the Dr. R. Nowell Donovan Prize will be awarded for the best performance on each concerto evening.

Chamber Music:

PianoTexas is pleased to welcome back the Calder Quartet as Quartet-in-Residence for the 2008 PianoTexas. The featured artist of the Chamber Music program will be Joseph Kalichstein. Young Artists wishing to participate in the Chamber Music Master Classes should submit their choice of chamber work when applying. Standard repertoire for trios, quartets and quintets are acceptable. Based on the audition selection rankings only six Young Artists will be invited to actively participate in the program. Announcement of successful candidates for these Master Classes will be posted by May 1. Rehearsals are scheduled with members of the Calder Quartet prior to the Master Classes during the Festival. Upon the recommendation of Mr. Kalichstein, groups will be given the opportunity to perform during one of the evening Young Artists concerts. Participation in the Chamber Music Program is optional but highly recommended.

2007 Young Artists
Chamber Music Master Class with
Menahem Pressler

2007 Young Artists Master Class with
Yoheved Kaplinsky

Master Classes:

During the program there are almost daily master classes, presenting 12 different guest artists. For maximum benefit of performing experiences, all master classes take place in a recital hall. Each Young Artist is allocated to play in three master classes, each with a different artist/teacher. In order to allow greater variety and flexibility in balancing the prgram a minimum of four or five complete works (concerto may be included) should be submitted when applying. Time allowance for participants for each Master Class is 50 minutes. Although occasionally there may not be sufficient time for the entire work to be played, all participants must prepare them in entirety and leave the choice of movements or portions to the preference of the artist/teacher. All pieces must be played from memory. Special requests to play for certain guest artists are permitted and will be considered but granting of such requests are not guaranteed. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of master classes and the repertoire presented, and his decisions are final. Once the confirmation is made no changes in the repertoire is permitted.

Private Lessons:
In addition to Master Classes, each Young Artist receives three 50-minute private lessons and each with different artist/teacher. Therefore, combined with Master Classes, all participants get the benefit of experiencing the teaching of six different guest artists. Pieces presented in private lessons are free choice and need not be submitted or played from memory. Pieces may be the same as played in Master Classes or may be different. This is the perfect time to discuss personal musical and technical matters in details.Special requests to play for certain guest artists is permitted and will be considered but granting of such requests are not guaranteed. Additional private lessons may be possible at extra cost. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of all private lessons, and his decisions are final.

2007 Young Artists Master Class with
John O'Conor

Eligibility as Performers:
Pianists born on or after July 1, 1979

All performing Young Artists are expected to play in recitals. Most of these recitals take place in the PepsiCo Recital Hall while outside engagements are expected in churches, museums and private homes. Repertoire is entirely free choice but must be performed from memory. Concertos may be included and accompanists are provided. The Executive Director is responsible for all the programming decisions.
All recitals are open to the public.

2007 Young Artists Recital

Presentation on Special Topics:
PianoTexas presents several lectures on useful topics originally geared for participants in the Teachers Program. Over the years, the diversity of these lectures has proven to be extremely beneficial and informative and all Young Artists are expected to attend.

Active Observers:
No age limit. Pianists wishing to be partially active by taking private lessons during the program are welcome to apply as Active Observers. These participants receive three private lessons and on the recommendation of the artists/teachers they may be elected to perform in recitals. No audition recording required. In the past numerous applicants who were not chosen as performers elected to become as Active Observers and found this Program high beneficial. .

General Observers:
No age limit. Music lovers of all ages and background are most welcome to all or portion of the the Festival. Admission includes access to all events listed on the calendar within the duration of their enrollment. During their visit, General Observers may approach any artist/teacher of their choice for private lessons at additional cost.

Practice Facilities:
Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to performing Young Artists for a minimum of six hours per day. Active Observers may also have access to these practice rooms. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of practicing times and rooms. Upright pianos are also available to everyone on a first-come-first-served basis. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.

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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TCU Residential Services

Program Fees and Scholarships:
                                         Performers - $1,500       Active Observers - $600        General Observers - $350
Significant scholarships are available for all Young Artists performers. Scholarships do not cover accommodation or traveling expenses. Limited number of host families may be available, but for total immersion into the Program we highly encourage everyone to stay on campus, in the TCU dormitory.

Application Deadlines

          March 10, 2008 postmarked ( U.S.A. and Canada )
          March 3, 2008 postmarked (overseas)

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

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

Application Procedures