Amateurs Program

May 31 – June 9, 2020

Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven
and the 210th Anniversary of Frédéric Chopin

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Guest Artists: 

Chen Sa 


Yoheved Kaplinsky    


Harold Martina


John Owings


Andrey Ponochevny 


Igor Resnianski


Christopher Taylor  


Tamás Ungár  




Application Deadline:

Performers: Monday, March 2, 2020

Observers (Active and General): Friday, May 1, 2020

Please read Application Procedures before applying


About the Amateurs Program:

Since the establishment of the Amateurs Program in 1996, PianoTexas has attracted a loyal following of dedicated avocational pianists who love playing for its own sake and who desire to keep learning and experiencing the joy of performing.

The Program is by design non-competitive. It focuses on the individual objectives of each Amateur Performer, be they for high and demanding intensity or simply for fun and entertainment.

First-time participants are welcomed. The camaraderie between like-minded amateurs creates a friendly atmosphere and ensures an inspiring and rewarding experience for all.


Selection Process:

An International Screening Jury will select Amateur Performers for the Teachers Program based on video or audio recordings.
In response to previous attendees’ requests, the PianoTexas Teachers and Amateurs Programs will be combined in 2020, both in their scheduling and with regard to the performance and learning experiences on offer.


Required Repertoire for Amateurs’ participation in PianoTexas:

When selecting repertoire, Amateur Performers should keep in mind the theme of PianoTexas 2020: a celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and the 210th Anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin. The entire world will celebrate Beethoven, while Warsaw honors Chopin through its International Chopin Competition.

PianoTexas is committed to providing its Amateur Performers with a satisfying and, where desired, challenging experience. Applicants to the Amateurs Program should select several solo works for performance. They should be well prepared, although memorization is not obligatory.


In 2020 PianoTexas presents Chamber Music for Amateurs: 

The PianoTexas Amateurs Program also offers an invaluable chamber music rehearsal, coaching and performance dimension. Participation is strongly encouraged but is not obligatory. It takes place in addition to solo performance.

Amateur Performers are invited, where possible, to pre-establish piano duos and two-piano partnerships with fellow participants.
Violin and cello sonatas will also be performed, in partnership with PianoTexas instrumentalists. Amateur Performers should submit repertoire preferences of maximum duration 18 minutes—typically a single movement, or combination of shorter movements.
For programming purposes, the Executive Director will select the repertoire to be performed, and his decision is final.



Amateur Performers are encouraged to appear in recitals presented by the PianoTexas Festival. Lunchtime and evening recitals are held in the TCU Concert Halls, sponsored by piano companies who support the Festival’s programs. Recitals are open to the general public and are recorded and live-streamed over the Internet. Playing from memory is not obligatory.

Reaching out to Greater Fort Worth, PianoTexas additionally presents a Community Recital Series, for which selected Teacher Performers visit museums, churches and retirement homes.

All recitals have to be controlled regarding their length and it is necessary to request that performers limit their selected works to twelve (12) minutes per performance. The Executive Director is responsible for all programs, selecting both performers and repertoire, and his decision is final. 


Master Classes: 

Amateur Performers will be assigned to one Master Class, with a distinguished Guest Artist. PianoTexas Master Classes are an excellent means of communicating and sharing beneficial ideas and insights amongst fellow participants.

Works played in Master Classes can also be taken to private lessons and performed in concerts. Memorization is optional.
The Master Classes are open to the general public. They are recorded and streamed through the Internet.

The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of Teacher Performers to the Master Classes and his decision is final.


Media Package:

Amateur Performers have the option to purchase the PianoTexas Media Package. This is a collection of each participant’s recorded performances, master classes and photos. At the conclusion of the Program, these Media Packages are individually uploaded.


Private Lessons: 

In addition to the Master Class, each Amateur Performer will receive two 50-minute private lessons. The repertoire for these private lessons is free choice, and does not have to be submitted when applying to the Program.

These lessons are also perfect occasions for discussing personal musical and technical matters in detail.

The Executive Director has sole responsibility for the allocation and scheduling of private lessons, and all decisions are final.

Additional private lessons are possible at extra cost, depending on the availability of Guest Artists. The scheduling and fees should be discussed and arranged directly between Amateur Performers and the Guest Artists.


Conversations with Guest Artists:

These highly popular, informal question-and-answer sessions address such important topics as the music profession, careers, recording, competitions, music styles, performing, and practicing. 

The Conversations are light-hearted affairs, in which PianoTexas’ vastly experienced Guest Artists share valuable information along with entertaining stories and anecdotes of a life in music.


Amateurs as Active Observers: 

PianoTexas warmly welcomes amateurs who prefer not to perform in public but wish, as Active Observers, to enhance their pianistic skills and musical understanding through interaction with renowned international Guest Artists and supportive fellow attendees.
Active Observers’ tuition includes two private lessons, along with full access to the Festival’s stimulating series of recitals and “Conversation” sessions.

The Executive Director is responsible for allocating and scheduling Active Observers’ lessons and his decision is final.
Upon the recommendation of a Guest Artist or the Executive Director, a performance opportunity on a recital may be offered.
Additional private lessons are possible, at extra cost, depending on the availability of Guest Artists. The scheduling and fees should be discussed and arranged directly between Active Observers and the Guest Artists.


General Observers: 

All music lovers are invited to register as General Observers, which provides access to the entire range events listed on the PianoTexas calendar.

Private lessons may be arranged by General Observers at extra cost, depending on the availability of Guest Artists. The scheduling and fees should be discussed and arranged directly between General Observers and the Guest Artists.


Practice Facilities:

For many years, PianoTexas has maintained excellent collaborations with major piano companies, which provide outstanding instruments for the Festival’s concert halls and practice rooms. Teacher Performers and Active Observers practice on grand pianos on arranged schedules. Active Observers may use any practice rooms that are unoccupied. All practice rooms are available 24 hours a day. 


Accommodation and Meals:

Attendees are accommodated in TCU’s air-conditioned dormitories, conveniently located close to the School of Music. They feature comfortable lounges, large common kitchens, laundry rooms, and spacious bedrooms. Guests have either shared en-suite bathrooms or conveniently located communal bathrooms. Bedrooms are equipped with linens and towels, a small refrigerator and a microwave. Meal plans in the University’s Cafeteria are included within the accommodation charge. Numerous restaurants are within easy walking distance of the dormitories and School of Music.


Application Fee:

Performers: $100

Active or General Observers: $75


Program Fee: 

Performers: $850

Optional chamber music participation: $250

Active Observers: $550

Media Package (optional): $100

General Observers: $250


Accommodation and Meals: 

May 31 - July 9: Single Room with Meal Plan - TBA

May 31 - July 9: Double Room with Meal Plan - TBA


Application Procedure: 

Please use links to Application page.

Application to PianoTexas is through the online services of “Acceptd”.

The form and require supporting material must be completed on line.

For any application problems please use their “green help” link button.


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