Alberta Pianofest offers advanced young piano students, aged 12 through 18, an opportunity for a concentrated period of music study with some of North America’s leading concert artists and teachers in a quiet, picturesque lakeside setting. We strive to create an experience which enriches young artists, not only musically, but also socially, spiritually, physically and intellectually. Many facets of the retreat contribute to achieving this goal: leaving the multifarious concerns and habits of town / city life to be part of a campus of individuals who share the same passion for music; close and continuous contact with peers and with faculty mentors; exposure to new people, ideas, teaching styles and piano repertoire; and enjoyment of natural surroundings and outdoor recreation.
Students admitted to the festival academy will
• Attend on a full-tuition scholarship
• Receive a lesson or master class coaching approximately every three days
• Play for all four instructors, representing a variety of pedagogical and artistic approaches
• Attend all festival concerts, and have opportunities for public performance themselves
Rundle’s Mission, an Alberta Historic Site situated on Pigeon Lake, is the home of the Alberta Pianofest. Its two large bungalow houses, its spacious bi-level central lodge, and its quaint on-site chapel will serve as the festival’s teaching studio, practice facilities, and dining and living quarters for students and faculty. The campus’ bucolic setting offers plenty of inspiration and recreation: grassy fields, natural forest with walking trails, and a beautiful lakefront view all provide an ideal setting for an artistic retreat. Mission Beach’s public beach and park, and Zeiner Provincial Park’s large sandy beach are in very close proximity and will be made accessible to students daily. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal options will be provided by a resident chef.
Most of each day is taken up with practice time, lessons, and recreational activities on campus or at the beach (under the supervision of a camp counselor with lifeguard certification). Each late afternoon, students and teachers will attend the daily master class together, followed by supper in the dining hall or on the outdoor patio. Evenings are times for socializing, games, movie nights, and festival concerts.