Daily Schedule

2020 pianoSonoma Summer Festival

Hosted by the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.


Session I: Sunday, July 19 – Saturday, July 25, 2020
Session II: Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1, 2020

DSC_3343The daily schedule at pianoSonoma’s Summer Festival seeks to attain the ideal balance between individual practice time, chamber music rehearsals, private instruction, and small-group performance opportunities.  Below is a sketch of what the daily schedule looks like for the festival. Please stay tuned for changes—details will be provided as they become available.

2019 Schedule*

*Schedule is subject to change.

Opening Events, Sunday

3:00-5:00PM: Registration and check-in at the Tuscany Dormitories at Sonoma State University

6:00PM: Opening Reception Dinner at Prelude
This is an optional event for participants and guests at an additional per person fee. Consider bringing a sweater for the outdoor seating.

Daily Schedule, Monday-Friday

8:00AM: Practice rooms open for practice

9:00AM-12:15PM: Private lessons, guided rehearsals, and practice
Read more about what to expect below.

12:15PM: Lunch
Participant lunches are included in tuition. Guests may be added for an additional fee.

1:15PM-2:45PM: Performance Class

Friday Evening Excursion

Weekday Schroeder Hall Concerts*

*Each participant will receive one complimentary ticket for each concert during his/her session. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased here.

Tuesday, July 24 at 5:30PM: Cartograph wine tasting followed by Dedications.

Thursday, July 26 at 5:30PM: Cartograph wine tasting followed by Doubles.

Tuesday, July 31 at 5:30PM: Cartograph wine tasting followed by Contrasts.

Thursday, August 2 at 5:30PM: Cartograph wine tasting followed by Sentiments.

Additions and Changes
  • On Fridays, the Final Participant Recital will take place at 1:15PM in Schroeder Hall.
  • We are delighted to welcome back Barbara and Ronald Shinn for our in-house performance classes with participants and Artists in Residence. We also welcome SSU faculty members Kathleen Reynolds, Marilyn Thompson, and Roy Zajac to lead masterclasses and teach private lessons.
  • On Friday, July 27, we will hold a public masterclass led by Michael Shinn. On Wednesday, August 1, we will hold our annual father/son masterclass led by Ronald and Michael Shinn. Both classes will take place in Schroeder Hall.
  • On Wednesday, August 1, there will be an additional Performance Class from 3-4pm.
  • On Wednesday, July 25, we welcome you to a Composer Conversation with Brian Wilson and Thomas Cabaniss as a preview of our Doubles concert. They will be discussing Double Rainbow, a two piano concerto to be premiered in its chamber version on the July 26th concert.
  • There will be other in-house events to be announced soon.


What To Expect

Private Lessons—Individual 45-minute instruction with pianoSonoma faculty and Artists in Residence (depending on availability) to work on repertoire in a one-on-one setting.

Guided Rehearsals—45-minute sessions with Artists in Residence to work on chamber music repertoire and ensemble skills.

Practice Time—45-minute scheduled blocks of time in assigned practice rooms for individual practice.

Performance Class—A unique space for participants, faculty, and Artists to come together and share repertoire in a supportive environment. Faculty and Artists in Residence will briefly coach musicians following each performance.

Final Participant Recital—An end-of-the-week recital to celebrate the participants’ hard work for a small audience of invited guests.

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