Participants – pianoSonoma Boston

Hosted by Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Tuesday, May 12—Friday, May 15, 2020

Application deadline: December 1, 2019

Mission Statement

pianoSonoma Boston is a non-profit organization that cultivates and awakens the musical potential within adult musicians of all backgrounds through the guidance of emerging Artists in Residence. We focus on developing each musician’s unique artistry through immersive musical experiences such as concerts, chamber music rehearsals, performance classes, and private lessons. Artists in Residence—current conservatory students or recent graduates—develop leadership and communication skills, while gaining valuable teaching experience as they help our participants to become confident performers and collaborators.

Our Program
Please join us for the second edition of pianoSonoma Boston in May 2020. The festival will be hosted by Boston Conservatory at Berklee with lessons, coachings, classes, and performances all taking place at BCB. Our program is open to adult musicians of all levels and backgrounds.

NEW—Composer in Residence Program
One selected participant will have a chamber piece written for them by our new Composer in Residence. The chosen participant will have the opportunity to rehearse with an Artist in Residence and collaborate with the composer, and then premiere the piece at our final participant concert. If you are interested in being considered for this special program, please indicate so on your application.

NEW—Choreographer in Residence Program
pianoSonoma Boston is excited to offer a new collaborative opportunity for one selected participant. A Choreographer in Residence will compose movement to the participant’s chamber repertoire, which they will perform together in the final participant concert. By way of communication and inspiration, the participant and Choreographer in Residence will travel across artistic boundaries to explore the creative possibilities of combining aural and visual art forms in live performance. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please indicate so on your application.                                                                                                                                                                               

You will receive three 45-minute private lessons with faculty members and Artists in Residence. These lessons will be tailored to fit your needs and wishes. We encourage participants to bring already-polished repertoire for our many performance opportunities, as well as new pieces.

We offer a unique opportunity for you to collaborate with one of our Artist in Residence musicians. You will receive three 45-minute guided rehearsals with one of our gifted fellows. These will be in-depth duo rehearsals, so please come prepared for a rich, musical immersion.

Performance Classes
We will have performance classes led by pianoSonoma faculty and guest artists. One of the highlights of our festival is that we provide a supportive, intimate, and private environment for you to conquer performance anxiety and to experience the reward of sharing your passion for music on stage.

You are welcome to perform a solo or a duo selection (no more than ten minutes in duration) for our final participant concert.

In addition to joining you for the final concert, pianoSonoma faculty and Artists in Residence will perform in an opening concert.

Tuition and Policies
Tuition & Fees: $1950
Tuition includes a welcoming breakfast, a reception after the Final Participant Recital, and catered lunches Tuesday-Friday. It does not include housing and additional meals.

Deposit: $900
Upon acceptance to our program, a deposit of $900 is required to reserve your place. This sum will be put towards your full tuition.

Application deadline: December 1, 2019
Deposit deadline: December 15 , 2019
Tuition balance due: February 1, 2020

Program Preparation
Our program is geared towards deep musical exploration. As such, we ask you to prepare and focus on one short piece or one movement of a larger work with your Artist(s) in Residence in guided rehearsals. Of course, please feel free to bring multiple solo works.

Application Requirements

1. Short biography
Please include your musical background and current teacher if you have one.

2. Personal Statement describing:
a) what inspires you as a musician
b) what you hope to contribute to pianoSonoma Boston (see our mission above)
c) what you hope to gain after completing the program

3. Audio / Video Recordings
Please submit audio / video recordings of two contrasting pieces of your choice.

4. $50 application fee

Please apply HERE.

Refund Policy
pianoSonoma prides itself on presenting each participant with an individualized program of study that is built around the participant’s strengths, both musically and personally. Your commitment to our festival is the catalyst for our decision-making process: how many Artists in Residence will be accepted, which repertoire will be played, and which venues are booked. Because of this, we cannot offer any refunds once your deposit is submitted. We appreciate your understanding.

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