This summer's session dates
Session I: Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, Aug 3, 2013
Session II: Sunday, August 4 - Saturday, Aug 10, 2013
More about us
pianoSonoma is a music festival that brings together Young Artists, current conservatory music majors or recent graduates, and adult musicians to collaborate and perform in private and public concerts and community workshops in Sonoma and Napa Counties, CA. This intersection of Young Artists and our adult participants creates a rich and vibrant experience for everyone.
We keep our program uniquely small in order to create the most supportive and collegial atmosphere possible. Each week-long session offers private lessons taught by Juilliard faculty, guided rehearsals, daily masterclasses and public performances.
pianoSonoma is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing a unique forum for emerging Young Artists to interact with serious adult musicians through concerts, chamber music rehearsals, classes and community engagements. By helping to educate festival participants in the arts of musicianship and performance, Young Artists develop leadership and communication skills, while gaining valuable teaching experience. Through this intersection of musicians and their collaborations in community concerts, we also create new audience awareness and appreciation of classical music.
What our participants are saying
"EPIC is the only word for my pianoSonoma experience! My interest was primarily playing chamber music with professionals. I learnt so much from the accomplished young pros and from Jessica and Michael in lessons and performance classes - all of which enabled my playing to reach a new level. The days were packed with playing and learning and the evenings full of concerts, wine and delicious artisanal food. Bravo!"
"My wife and chamber music partner, Barbara (flute), and I (piano) are already selecting trios and quartets for next year's pianoSonoma! After our week this summer we realize that no other music workshop - and we've been to many - ever gave us such focused, professional-level attention to enhancing our interpretive and ensemble skills. And then, add in the fine lodging, practice/performing venues and opportunities for exploring beautiful countryside and dining spots! We look forward to being repeaters for years to come!"
--Paul (and Barbara) Krieger
"The experience at pianoSonoma surpassed my expectations. The pianos and facilities were superb, the interaction with fellow-students delightful, the relaxed atmosphere enjoyable. Above all, the generous time with instructors and resident musicians was surpassingly valuable. I enthusiastically look forward to returning next summer.
"I was amazed by how much I was able to grow musically in only one week. The time spent practicing, performing, studying theory and receiving perfomance coaching is intense, but enormously gratifying - especially when you endure it with a group of people who are so dedicated to the craft. My experience at pianoSonoma re-ignited my commitment to piano study."
-- Chaim Zeitz
"I've participated in many 'music camps' over the years and pianoSonoma was one of the more memorable owing to the smaller size, venue, camaraderie and great musicianship. I'd recommend pianoSonoma without hesitation."
-- Ed Papier
"I came back recharged and energized in my playing and the recipient of much wisdom from Jess and Mike."
-- Gloria Milner