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“A Pilgrimage of Russian Music”
A celebration of the Great Russian composers
and their glorious piano music.

Teachers Program
June 20 - July 1

Guest Artists: 
Dmitri Alexeev
Yoheved Kaplinsky
Olga Kern
Emanuel Krasovsky
Anna Malikova
Harold Martina
John Owings
Andrey Ponochevny
Igor Resnianski
Tamás Ungár
and the Fort Worth symphony Orchestra

 

Application Deadline:
Monday, March 5, 2018 for Performers
 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 for Active and general Observers
 
Please read Application Procedures before applying
 
Established in 1991 the PianoTexas’ Teachers Program was a response to the needs of teachers who wish to keep up and improve their musicianship and technique. The program caters for a wide range of levels – for the university faculty members preparing for recitals as well as the private teachers who, after a busy teaching schedule, still feel the need to return to practicing and performing. But we all realize that an enthusiasm to learn continuously with hands-on skills makes our teaching more focused, creative, and ultimately inspiring. PianoTexas program is still considered as one of its kinds - a unique blend of special attention to teachers who wish to advance their skills combined with interactions with guest artists through performances and discussions.
 
Continuing the established procedure, in 2018 an International Jury will to select performers for the Teachers Program based on submitted video recordings. 18 performers will be selected and upon their recommendation will be invited by the Executive Director.
 
Concerto Performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 
Performance date: June 28

Performers in the Teachers Program may participate in the Concerto Competition. Each competitor is limited to play either one or two movements of a concerto provided that the total duration does not exceed 18 minutes. Rehearsals with a second piano will be scheduled and selected winners will perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The jury will comprise of Dmitri Alexeev, Andrey Ponochevny and Igor Resnianski.

Repertoire must be chosen from the list below.
 
Concerto Repertoire List:
Bach: All Concertos 
Haydn: Concerto in D major 
Mozart: All Concertos 
Beethoven: All Concertos 
Mendelssohn: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Chopin: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Schumann: Concerto in A minor
Grieg: Concerto in A minor
Liszt: Concertos No.1
Saint-Saëns: Concertos Nos.2 and 4
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1
Brahms: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Rachmaninoff: Concertos Nos.2 and 3
Prokofiev: Concertos No.2 and 3
Shostakovich: Concerto No.2
 
Recitals: 
Participants are highly encouraged to perform in the Teachers Recitals presented by the PianoTexas Festival. The main venue for these performances is the PepsiCo Recital Hall, on the TCU campus. Sponsored by different piano companies these are open to the public and are streamed over the Internet. Participants will be also invited to perform in the Community Concert Series arranged in museums, churches and retirement homes. The repertoire is entirely free choice and playing from memory is not required. In order to cater to all participants who wish to perform, we will limit 12 minutes for each performer. The Executive Director is responsible for all programs, selecting both performers and repertoire, and his decision is final. 
 
Master Classes: 
Throughout the history of PianoTexas, the master class format has become very popular in all the programs and undoubtedly it is the best way to communicate ideas that are beneficial to all. Each performing teacher will receive one master class with a distinguished guest artist. Memorizing is completely optional. In order to allow greater variety and flexibility in balancing the repertoire, we request all participants to provide a minimum of two pieces (a concerto that is not submitted for the concerto competition may be included) with their application. As 2018 PianoTexas presents “A Russian Pilgrimage” representing some of the greatest works by Russian composers we hope that some of the repertoire presented by the performers will reflect our theme. A work presented during the master class could be used in private lessons as well as in concerts, however we do encourage a variety of repertoire for different occasions. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of master classes and the repertoire, and his decision is final.
 
Private Lessons: 
In addition to the master class, each performing teacher will receive two 50 minute private lessons. 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 decision is 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.
 
Conversations with Artists: 
A very popular program during the Festival is the "Conversations with Artists" using a format of an informal interview followed by a question and answer session. It is an excellent opportunity for our guest artists and participants to have constructive interactive dialogues on such important subjects as the music profession, careers, recording, competitions, music styles, performing and practicing. These popular sessions provide an excellent platform for everyone to learn and to discover different aspects of a musician’s life in an informal setting. We encourage all participants to attend.
 
Active Observers: 
Understandably, there are teachers who do not perform frequently, who would love to advance their skills, but feel somewhat anxious by the idea of performing in public. We welcome you as Active Observers; you will receive two 50-minute private lessons. Works presented for these lessons may be the same or different, memorizing is optional and the repertoire is entirely free choice. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating these private lessons, and his decision is final.
 
General Observers: 
This status is not restricted to piano teachers alone. All music lovers are invited to apply as General Observers that allows access to all events listed on the calendar. 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:
PianoTexas has been extremely fortunate to collaborate with the major piano companies to provide excellent instruments for our concert halls and practice rooms. Each performer of the Teachers program will have access to a grand piano and the schedule for their practice times will be posted at the beginning of the program. Active Observers will also have access to practice rooms. Practice rooms are available 24 a day. 
 
Accommodation and Meal Plans: 
All accommodations in TCU dormitories are conveniently located close to the music building. They are fully air-conditioned, with comfortable lounges, large common kitchens, laundry rooms, and spacious bedrooms. Although many include a shared en-suite bathroom, many occupants will share conveniently located communal bathrooms. All bedrooms are equipped with linens and towels, a small refrigerator and a microwave. Reasonable meal plans are combined with the accommodations that ensure an enjoyable time to allow for full concentration on music. Numerous restaurants are also situated within easy walking distance.
 
Application Fee:
Performers: $100
Active or General Observers: $75
 
Program Fee: 
Performers - $850 (additional $250 if selected to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)
Active Observers - $550
General Observers - $300
 
Accommodation and Meals:
Single Room with Meal Plan
Double Room with Meal Plan
 
Participating Teachers: Please consult your tax adviser as your participation in the Teachers Program of PianoTexas may qualify for an income tax deduction in accordance with Federal and/or State income tax laws.
 
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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