Amateurs Program

(June 12 - 22)


Regardless of age, profession and background, as long as you are a nonprofessional pianist who enjoys music and loves playing the piano, this Amateurs Program is ideal for you. It is designed for someone with an aspiration to keep learning and to experience the art of performing. Depending on the different levels and objectives of each individual, the program can be fun and entertaining or intensive and demanding, or both. Since the inception of PianoTexas’ Amateurs Program in 1996, participants have returned repeatedly with new repertoire and growing confidence, 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, Active Observer or General 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.


The Festival: Amateurs
Following the success of the Festival’s 30th anniversary in 2012 with a focus on Beethoven and in 2013 on Schubert, our theme of 2014 will be “The Miracle of Mozart”. The wealth of music from the pen of this genius allows for wonderful variety for programming. Concertos, solo and chamber works will be presented by eminent guest artists and specially selected Young Artists, dedicated Teachers and passionate Amateurs like you. Please visit our Festival Schedule and join us for some of the most exquisite music written for the piano.



The Academy:
We pianists are most fortunate to have a wealth of repertoire. Naturally, with the focus on Mozart in 2014, we welcome and greatly encourage participants to prepare repertoire by Mozart for master classes and private lessons. These may include concertos. At the same time we would like to cater for your repertoire preferences as well, so bring your favorite pieces and enjoy to the fullest all the opportunities for performing and listening. Within the duration of the Amateurs Program participants have free access all other events listed in the Festival's general schedule.



Lydia ArtymivPaul Badura-Skoda Jesús Castro-Balbi
Alexander Shtarkman Hung-Kuan Chen José Feghali
Yoheved Kaplinsky Harold Martina John Owings
Igor Resnianski Tamás Ungár Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra:
A unique occasion for any amateur pianists is to play with a professional orchestra. PianoTexas will endeavor to provide such an extraordinary opportunity to participants who would like to take up the challenge. Mozart’s Piano Concertos are the highest art from of its kind. The genius of Mozart has captured the balance between soloist and the orchestra and superbly integrated all the individual elements that create the stage for a duel as well as collaboration – the essence of any piano concerto. In order to enhance this experience for our participants, a selected number of amateurs will have a “read through” session with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, each playing ONE movement of a concerto. Two movements may only be allowed if the total duration does not exceed 18 minutes. In order to be selected, a competition will take place prior to the orchestral “read through”. A second piano will be provided for the competition, and rehearsals will be scheduled. Amateurs wishing to enter the competition must choose one of the 27 Mozart Concertos.


Participants are highly encouraged to perform in the Amateurs Recitals open to the public. The repertoire is entirely free choice and playing from memory is not required. Recitals will take place not only on the TCU campus but also in churches, museums, retirement communities and private homes. The Executive Director is responsible for all programming decisions including concerto, solo and chamber music repertoire for these events.


Chamber Music Program:
Since 2005, the chamber music program has taken an increasingly important role in the Academy. The program is coordinated by cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi, a TCU School of Music faculty member. He is responsible for the selection of the participating strings players through a rigorous process. He is also in charge of the scheduling of rehearsals, coaching, master classes and recitals. For our Mozart celebrations works performed will include violin sonatas, piano trios and piano quartets. Chamber music participation is optional. However, due to limited space, Amateurs who are interested should submit their repertoire choice with their application. The Executive Director, together with the chamber music coordinator, will be responsible for the selection and their decision is final. Amateurs selected for the chamber music program will be notified and posted on our website by the beginning of April.


AmateursMaster 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, we request all participants to provide a minimum of two pieces (concertos may be included) upon the submission of the application. Playing from memory is optional.  Pieces played in private lesson or recital may be the same as in master class or they may be 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.




Performing participants of the Amateurs Program may make changes in their
master class repertoire before April, 15, 2014.
After this date no changes will be accepted.


Private Lessons:
In addition to the master class, each performing Amateur will receive two private lessons, each 50 minutes. The repertoire for private lessons is free choice. These lessons are also the perfect time to discuss personal musical and technical matters in greater details. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of all private lessons, and his decisions are final. Additional private lessons may be possible 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.


Interaction with Guest Artists:
During the Festival we have wonderful opportunities to interact with our guest artists. Over the years our "Conversations with the Artists" have become a very popular feature of the program. We have invited all the guest artists to share their perspective on Mozart and other various music topics such as style, technique, and the art of performing during an informal session. At the same time some of them will give more formal presentations including “The art of the Cadenza and Mozart’s ornamentation” by Paul Badura-Skoda.


Active Observers:
Understandably, there are Amateurs who do not perform frequently, who would love to advance their skills, but somewhat anxious by the idea of performing in public. Those belonging to this category are welcome to apply as Active Observers. Active Observers receive two 50-minute private lessons. Playing from memory is optional and the repertoire is entirely free choice. Pieces presented in both lessons may be the same or different. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating the private lessons, and his decision is final.


General Observers:
All music lovers are invited to apply as General Observers. General Observers have access to all events listed on the schedule within the duration of their program. They may also approach any guest artist of their choice for private lessons at an additional cost. These should be discussed and arranged directly between them and the guest artist.


Practice Facilities:
Since 2011 PianoTexas has been extremely fortunate to collaborate with the Rockley Family Foundation as the provider of pianos for the concert halls and practice rooms. Continuing this collaboration, practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each performing participant. Active Observers also have access to practice rooms. Specific practice schedule will be provided upon arrival.


Accommodations and Meals:
Waits Hall dormitory is conveniently located right next to the music building. It is fully air-conditioned, with comfortable lounges, large common kitchens, laundry rooms, and spacious bedrooms. Although many include a shared en suite bathroom, most occupants will share conveniently located communal bathrooms. All bedrooms are equipped with internet access (provided on request), linens and towels, a small refrigerator and a microwave. University cafeteria and other food places are all within easy walking distance.


Program Fees:
Application fee: $80
Tuition: $700
Additional Fees:

      • $250 if selected for the “read through” with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
      • $200 if selected for the chamber music program

Application fee: $50
Tuition for Active Observers - $450
Tuition for General Observers - $250


Accomodations Fees:

  • Single room with meals- $720
  • Single room without meals- $600
  • Double room with meals - $610
  • Double room without meals- $490

Application Deadlines:

  • Performers: Monday, March 3, 2014
    – online and postmarked (worldwide)
  • Active and General Observers:  Monday, April 28, 2014
    – online and postmarked (worldwide)
  • All tuition and accommodation fees must be paid by
    Monday, May 19, 2014

IMPORTANT: Use Federal Express (FedEx), DLH or
United State Post Office Priority Mail for sending all materials

Address: PianoTexas International Academy & Festival
c/- School of Music, TCU
2800 South University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
Tel: 817-257-7456








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