Albion College Piano Festival 2018

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November 1-4, 2018
Goodrich Chapel

The Albion College Piano Festival began in the fall of 2008. It was inspired by the memory of Vera Reed, an Albion resident and piano teacher who taught into her nineties and played even later in her life. While there is a competition element, and students can compete for cash prizes, it is our hope that students will find this festival to be more about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists. In other words, we view this festival as educational first and foremost.

Guest Artists and Adjudicators:

Dr. John Roberts
Chair, Professor of Music, Concordia University

Dr. Irena Kofman
Assistant Professor of Piano, Florida Atlantic University

  • Opening recital at Goodrich Chapel

  • November 1, 7:30 p.m.
    Dr. John Roberts

  • November 2-4

Categories Offered

To make this festival accessible to young students and piano ensembles, we offer the following categories:

  • Early Beginner
    1st year of study / 1st or 2nd in method book series
  • Late Beginner
    3rd book or above in method book series
  • Early Intermediate
    A student perhaps finishing a beginning method or Celebration Series Introductory through levels 2-3 (as an example).
  • Intermediate
    Celebration Series Levels 3-7 (an example).
  • Late Intermediate
    Celebration Series Levels 7-8
  • Advanced
    Celebration Series levels 9-10 approximately, preparing for a senior recital or MTNA or a college audition.
  • Ensemble
    (2 Piano Concerto / Piano Duo / Piano Four-Hands)

If you have or will be entering the Michigan State MTNA competition, you may only register for Late Intermediate or Advanced Categories.

All competition events, lessons, master classes, and concerts are free and open to the public (with the exception of The Piano Teachers Workshop). Please come support your students and listen to their competitors, we only ask that each performer is treated with respect.

Standard concert etiquette is expected at all performance events.

Memory is encouraged for the competition, but not required and will not be held against the performer. Students should bring up to two selections of contrasting styles for the competition. We do our best to allow each student time to perform all of his/her music, so they will have a complete performance on their recording. Students are encouraged to bring other pieces for a lesson and/or master class that are "in progress" or not yet in a polished, ready-to-perform state. For longer pieces, they can bring an excerpt rather than an entire finished work. Please bring scores of your selections for the judges.

Disclaimer: Videotaping/recording of your child/student is allowed. Videotaping/recording of any other participant is prohibited unless written consent is given.

Participant Registration

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Registration deadline is Friday, October 12, 2018. Late entries will be based on availability.

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Solo competition is $50. Ensemble competition fees are $80. This includes lunch for the day of competition, participation in master classes and lessons, and a t-shirt. Dinner is not included, but a large group can eat at local restaurants at a discounted rate.

Please make check payable to:

Albion College Piano Festival
c/o Albion College Accounting Office
611 East Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224

OR you can pay by ACH or credit card (MasterCard and Discover only)

ACH Instructions:

You must request from your bank to ACH (transfer funds) to:
Albion College General Account
ABA #: 072400528
Account #: 10054726

Credit Card Instructions:

Call Albion College Accounting Office at 517-629-0507. Have your Card number and expiration date available.

Cash Prizes

Cash prizes will be awarded for each division of the competition.

Participation in the festival and release of cash prizes are contingent on the completion and receipt of a completed W-9 form. All information will be destroyed after the festival. Completed forms can be emailed to the Piano Festival Coordinator, Tiffany Maddux .

Schedule of Events

Masterclass times are subject to change, and may begin earlier than indicated. All performances take place in Goodrich Chapel and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

7:30 p.m. Guest Artist Recital

Friday, November 2, 2018

4:30 p.m. Beginning Category check-in
5:00 p.m. Early / Late Beginning and Ensemble Competition
7:30 p.m. Winners announcement and Concert for all above divisions
8:00 p.m. Masterclass

Saturday, November 3, 2018

7:00 a.m. Early Intermediate category Check-in
7:45 a.m. Early Intermediate Competition
9:30 a.m. Winners' Announcement and Concert
10:00 a.m. Masterclass
10:30 a.m. Intermediate Competition
12:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:00 p.m. Intermediate Competition continued
2:45 p.m. Winners' Announcement and Concert
3:00 p.m. Masterclass
4:00 p.m. Late Intermediate Competition
7:00 p.m. Winners' Announcement and Concert
7:30 p.m. Masterclass

Sunday, November 4, 2018

8:00 a.m. Advanced Check-In
8:30 a.m. Advanced competition
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Advanced Competition continued
5:00 p.m. Winners' Announcement and Concert
5:45 p.m. Masterclass

Overnight Accommodations

For teachers, parents, and students wishing to stay in Albion for the entire weekend there is a very beautiful Bed and Breakfast in town:

Albion Heritage Inn Bed and Breakfast

Palmer House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Courtyard by Marriott

For a full list of area accomodations, please see our Visitor's Guide.

More Information

For more information about Piano Festival, please contact the festival coordinator, Tiffany Maddux, by email at .