More than 60 piano students from throughout New England will present concerts and recitals from June 26 through July 1 as part of the Piano Monster Festivals at Plymouth State University.
The Senior Piano Monster Festival, for students in grades 8-12, is scheduled for June 28 to July 1 with a Senior Festival Concert on July 1 at 4:00 p.m. Admission to the concert is $8.00.
In addition, selected festival participants will perform in student recitals the evening before the concert. The senior recitals are June 30 at 8:15 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at Plymouth State University and are free and open to the public.
The Junior Piano Monster Festival, for students Junior Festival Concert, featuring musicians in grades 5-8, is scheduled for June 24 - 27 with a Junior Festival Concert scheduled for June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission for the concert is $8 and will be held in the Hanaway Theater in the Plymouth State University Silver Center.
The junior recitals will be June 26 at 8:00 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at Plymouth State University.
Susan Avery, associate professor of music education at Ithaca (N.Y.) College, is conductor of the piano ensembles. Donna Smith, who teaches and directs music in Gold Canyon, Arizona, conducts the Digital Keyboard Orchestras. Carleen Graff, Professor of Music at Plymouth State University, directs the Festivals.
Begun in 1993, the Piano Festivals give young students the opportunity to collaborate and perform as part of groups and ensembles. For many, this is their first experience interacting with other pianists and an opportunity to advance their skills. In addition to rehearsals, camp students also attend specialty classes such as jazz piano, musical notation, composition and harpsichord. Camp instructors include PSU faculty, students and alumni many of whom are now active piano and music teachers. Junior campers also participate in a Handbell Choir or a Percussion Ensemble and all sing in the Festival Chorus.
For piano teachers, a special Teacher Seminar is scheduled for June 26-27.
For more information about the Piano Monster Festivals visit plymouth.edu/go/piano or call (603) 535-2313.
The Piano Monster Festivals are open to students in grades 5-12 who are currently taking piano lessons. Daily activities include rehearsals of ensemble music under a conductor, percussion ensembles, vocal groups, master classes, conducting, creativity, Improvisation, history and theory challenges