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




Teachers Programs:

In order to provide the maximum flexibility for our teacher 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


Established in 1991 the Teachers Program was a response to the needs of teachers, both in private studio or university, who wish 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 its kinds, 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 for 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 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.


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


TeachersThe 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.



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 Teachers Program, participants have free access all other events listed in the Festival’s general schedule.



TeachersMaster Classes:

Traditionally Master Classes have been very popular with Teachers as it is the best way to communicate ideas that are commonly beneficial to all. Teachers enrolled as performers 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 Teacher will receive two 60 minute private lessons. The repertoire presented in private lessons is the individual’s choice. 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. Participants are encouraged to perform in these recitals that are open to the public. The repertoire is entirely free choice and playing from memory is not mandatory. Recitals are organized not only on the TCU campus (PepsiCo Recital Hall) but also in churches, museums, retirement communities and private homes.


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 provided (Chamber Music – Lieder) , along with their application.


Presentations and Conversations:

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 teaching during an informal session.


TeachersActive Observers:

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 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 the private lessons, and his decision is final.



General Observers:

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


Practice Facilities:

Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each Teacher 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 - $700 - includes chamber music session, 1 master class, 2 private lessons, and opportunity to perform in 3 recitals

Active Observers - $450 – 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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