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Teachers Program (June 1 – June 14)


Join us for our 30th Anniversary and celebrate with the piano music of



2011 Guest Artists:

Malcolm Bilson

José Feghali

John Lill

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Harold Martina

John O'Conor

John Owings

Igor Resnianski

Antti Siirala

Geoffrey Simon

Nelita True

Tamás Ungár

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra



TeachersThe Festival: The complete 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas will be presented in eight recitals by our guest artists Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcom Bilson, Adam Golka, John Lill, John O’Conor, John Owings, Antti Siirala, and Christopher Taylor.


Academy: In 2011 not only are we celebrating the 30th Anniversary of PianoTexas, but also the 20th Anniversary of PianoTexas’ Teachers Program. Established in 1991 the Teachers Program was a response to the needs of teachers, both in private studios and universities, who desired to keep up and improve their skills. Many testimonials have proven that all of us teach better when we keep learning and playing. This program is still considered one of a kind: a unique blend of special attention to teachers who wish to continue and advance their playing skills combined with a highly informative series of lectures and presentations. We cater to all levels – for the young university faculty members who wish to focus on their forthcoming faculty recital, as well as, those private teachers who, after their busy teaching schedule, feel the need to return to practicing and performing. Participants have a choice of attending as Performers, Active Observers or General Observers. Those who are admitted in the Performer Program must attend the entire duration of the Teachers Program (June 1 – 14). Those who would like to attend a portion of the program may enroll as General or Active Observers.


Special Teachers Program Alumni Event – this is a special invitation to all teachers who attended past programs to join us on Sunday, June 12 for a special concert and reception.



All piano works of Beethoven will be greatly encouraged in master classes and in private lessons, while lectures and discussions will also focus on Beethoven. Teachers enrolled in the Performer Program play in one master class and receive two 50-minute private lessons, each with a different artist/teacher. Participants are also encouraged to perform in recitals that are open to the public. The minimum repertoire requirement for the Performer participants is one work from the standard repertoire, between 8 to 12 minutes, prepared for the master class. They may use the same repertoire for the private lessons and recital, or they may play difference pieces. In addition, playing from memory is optional. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating the master classes and private lessons, and his decisions are final. Within the duration of the Teachers Program, all participants have free access to all other events listed in the Festival’s general schedule. Additional private lessons may be possible at an additional cost and depending on the availability of the guest artists. These should be discussed and arranged directly between the participant and the guest artist(s.)


Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – Tuesday, June 14

Geoffrey Simon, conductor

As part of our 30th Anniversary celebration, we invite the teachers to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the host orchestra to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.


First introduced in 2007, this part of the program proved to be very successful. Participation is optional and those selected will play ONE MOVEMENT (maximum 18 minutes) of a concerto with the orchestra. Please check the concerto repertoire list for your selection. An accompanist will be provided for the competition (June 4) as well as for the additional master class. Winners have a choice of either playing the concerto from memory or with the score. The concerto evening will be combined with the Amateurs program and we anticipate the selection of three teachers and three amateurs for the concert.


TeachersActive Observers:

Understandably, there are teachers who have not performed for a long time, would love to advance their skills at the piano, but who are somewhat anxious about the idea of performing in public. If you have never joined this program as a Performer and 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 50-minute private lessons with a different artist/teacher. Playing from memory is optional and the repertoire is entirely free choice. Pieces presented in each lesson may be the same or different. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating all private lessons, and his decisions are final. Within the duration of the Teachers Program, all participants have free access to all other events listed in the Festival’s general schedule.


General Observers:

This status is not restricted to piano teachers alone. Anyone interested in music is invited to apply and join us. During the program, private lessons may be arranged for General Observers at an additional cost and depending on the availability of the guest artists. These should be discussed and arranged directly between the participant and the guest artist(s.)


Teachers Program Featured Guest Artist:

We are proud to feature the distinguished Nelita True in our presentations and lectures. Other special lectures on Beethoven will be presented by Malcolm Bilson and while other guest artists including John Lill and Yoheved Kaplinsky will also give informal discussion to share their perspective on Beethoven. These sessions have been proven to be one of the most beneficial and popular events. At the end of each presentation there will be a question-and-answer session, as well as, opportunities to meet our guest artists in social settings.


TeachersPractice Facilities:

Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each teacher enrolled in the Performer Program. Active Observers may also have access to some of these practice rooms. A specific practice schedule will be provided upon arrival. Upright pianos are also available to everyone, including observers, on a first-come-first-served basis. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day. We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the Rockley Family Foundation for the provision of pianos during the 2011 PianoTexas International Academy & Festival.



PianoTexas will utilize Waits Hall, a TCU dormitory that is conveniently located right next to the music buildings. Waits Hall is newly renovated and offers spacious bedrooms with semi-private baths, comfortable lounge areas, a large common kitchen and on-site laundry facilities. Each room is equipped with its own mini-refrigerator and small microwave. NEW!: The rate for a single room is $65 per night and includes linens and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the on-campus University Union. Those participants that would rather prepare their own meals or eat off-campus will pay a rate of $55 per night and includes linens. There are several restaurants and a large grocery store within walking distance. A limited number of double rate rooms are available only to married couples and those participants staying with a family member (parent, legal guardian or sibling.) Wireless internet access is available, but must be requested prior to arrival. Participants are responsible for bringing their own laptops/computers and other computer equipment to access the internet. Important: All Young Artist participants under the age of 18 (as of 05/15/2011) must attend PianoTexas with a parent or legal guardian.



There are several fast food places, diner type restaurants, and a large supermarket within walking distance, along with a few on-campus dining options located in the newly constructed University Union.


Program Fees:


  • $550 – includes 1 master class, 2 private lessons, chance to perform in 3 recitals
  • $750 – includes concerto competition (2 rehearsals with second piano), 1 master class, 2 private lessons, chance to perform in 3 recitals
  • additional $500 if selected to perform with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – includes one master class, rehearsals with second piano and conductor.
  • Active Observers - $450
  • General Observers - $280
  • Collegiate Students in Pedagogy undergraduate or graduate programs - $150

Application Deadlines:

  • Performers: March 1, 2011 online and/or postmarked (worldwide)
  • Active Observers: April 25, 2011 online and/or postmarked (worldwide)
  • General Observers & Collegiate Students: April 25, 2011 online and/or postmarked (worldwide)






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