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The Music of Franz Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828)




Amateurs Programs:

In order to provide the maximum flexibility for our amateur participants, we are offering two sessions
Session One: June 14 to June 24, 2012
Session Two: June 21 to July 1, 2012


You may select one or both sessions


Application Information


Regardless of age, profession and background, as long as you are an amateur pianist who enjoys music and loves playing the piano our program is just for you. The Amateurs Program is designed for adult, non-professional pianists who have an aspiration to keep learning and to experience the art of performing. Depending on the different levels and objectives of each individual participant, the program can be either fun and entertaining or highly intensive and demanding. Since the inception of the Amateurs Program in 1996, participants return repeatedly 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. You have a choice of attending as Performer, General Observer or Active Observer. Those who would like to attend portion of the program may enroll as General or Active Observers. In PianoTexas we have the program that is just right for you, just ask and we will respond. So join us - become a student again - and be inspired and share your love of music with fellow piano enthusiasts.


2012 Guest Artists:
Session One

Paul Badura-Skoda

Inon Barnatan

Marvin Blickenstaff

David Brock

Jesús Castro-Balbi

José Feghali

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Gloria Lin

Harold Martina

John Owings

Simone Pedroni

Matti Raekallio

Igor Resnianski

Tamás Ungár


Session Two

Marvin Blickenstaff

David Brock

Jesús Castro-Balbi

Akiko Ebi

José Feghali

Leon Fleisher

Katherine Jacobson Fleisher

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Gloria Lin

Harold Martina

John Owings

Igor Resnianski

Tamás Ungár


AmateursThe Festival:

After the success of our 30th Anniversary program that focused on Beethoven, we are proud to continue this format with the music of Franz Schubert. Each of the recitals by our guest artists Paul Badura-Skoda, Inon Barnatan, Akiko Ebi, Simone Pedroni, and Yeuleum Son will present a major work by this great composer. A concert with Leon Fleisher, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher will feature works for four hands and Harold Martina and Tamás Ungár will perform the complete piano trios.


The Academy:

We are fortunate to have a vast and varied piano repertoire and we invite you to present your choice of works. Naturally as we are focusing on Schubert, we welcome and greatly encouraged you to bring any of his works for both master classes and private lessons. Similarly the chamber music sessions will feature not only the works of Schubert but a wide variety of works by other composers and for the first time in the history of PianoTexas we are introducing collaboration with voice through the selection of Schubert's wonderful lieder. Within the duration of the selected Amateurs Program participants have free access all other events listed in the Festival's general schedule.


Master Classes:
Traditionally, master classes have been very popular with amateurs as it is the best way to communicate ideas that are commonly beneficial to all. Amateurs receive one master class during their program. In order to allow greater variety and flexibility in balancing the repertoire, please provide a minimum of two works (concertos may be included) when completing the application. Playing from memory is optional and the repertoire presented for each master class, private lesson or recital could be the same or different. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of master classes and the repertoire, and his decisions are final. Participants who would like to play for certain guest artists may make their requests in writing, however, while these will be considered they cannot be guaranteed. We request that once the work for a Master Class is confirmed that it should not be changed.


Private Lessons:

In addition to the Master Class, each Amateur will receive two 60 minute private lessons. The repertoire presented in private lessons is the individual's choice. Participants may repeat the same piece played in the Master Class. Private Lessons are also the perfect time to discuss personal musical and technical matters in greater details. Additional private lessons may be possible at extra cost and should be arranged directly with the guest artist/teacher. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of all private lessons and his decisions are final.



PianoTexas Festival presents numerous opportunities to give everyone the chance to perform. Recitals are organized not only on the TCU campus (PepsiCo Recital Hall) but also in churches, museums, retirement communities and private homes. The repertoire is entirely free choice and playing from memory is not mandatory. All recitals are open to the public.


Chamber Music Program:

The chamber music program is coordinated by Jesús Castro-Balbi, member of the TCU School of Music faculty. He is responsible for the selection of the participating strings through rigorous process that involves numerous teachers and institutions. He is also in charge of the selection of groups and their schedule from rehearsing, coaching, master classes and ultimate performances. In 2012 for the first time we will also include the art of accompanying through the marvelous world of Schubert's lieder. Professor David Brock will coordinate this part of the chamber music program. Interested applicants should submit their choice of repertoire from the list (Chamber Music – Lieder) provided, along with their application.


Presentations and Converstaions:

We are proud to feature the distinguished Marvin Blickenstaff in our presentations on performance and pedagogical topics while David Brock will concentrate on the art of accompaniment in Schubert's lieder. Our "Conversations with the Artists" have become an important feature of the Festival. We have invited all the guest artists to share their perspective on Schubert and other various music topics such as style, technique, and the art of performing during an informal session.


Active Observers:

Active Observers besides attending all events listed on the schedule also receive two private lessons. Upon the recommendation of the artist/teacher, they may be selected to perform in one recital. This is a perfect way to get your feet wet! For all of us the first steps are very difficult, so we encourage you to initiate your future piano studies by preparing and participating as an Active Observer. 


General Observers:

This Program is suitable for those who just started piano again after many years of absence and for those who find satisfaction in just learning without the pressures of performance. You will meet many amateurs and they will encourage and support you. During the program, General Observers are welcome to approach any artist/teacher of their choice for private lessons at an additional cost. We also welcome music lovers of all ages and background to any or all or portions of the Festival.


Practice Facilities:

Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each amateur enrolled in the Performing Program. Active Observers may also have access to some of these practice rooms. 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 2012 PianoTexas International Academy & Festival.



PianoTexas will utilize TCU dormitories. Exact facility allocations and rates will be announced in February. All dormitory facilities are equipped with double or full size beds, semi-private bathrooms, small refrigerators, microwaves, and laundry facilities. 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. All options regarding accommodations will be announces at a later date. Please return to our website for this information.



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:

Performers - $850 - includes chamber music session, 1 master class, 2 private lessons, and opportunity to perform in 3 recitals.

Active Observers - $550 – includes 2 private lessons and the opportunity to perform in one recital upon the recommendation of the artist/teacher.

General Observers - $300


Application Deadlines:

Performers: February 22, 2012 - online and postmarked (worldwide)

Active and General Observers: April 25, 2012 – online and postmarked (worldwide)

All tuition and accommodation payments must be completed by May 1, 2012








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