Washington, DC

Washington, DC April 1-15


Alan Fraser's first visit to the DC area

Last year Marjorie Lee attended our flagship institute in Amherst for the first time. Marjorie hails from Washington DC, a laureate of the William Kapell Competition whose students have gone on to study at Juilliard, Curtis, Peabody and other prestigious music schools. She had been reading Alan's books for years and using the ideas with her students, but felt it was time to get some feedback.

Marj brought several of her students with her, which transformed the institute. Alan's work with her students showed her new possible applications of the ideas, and while her own playing wowed the institute, Alan worked with her to take her artistry to a new level. There was a synergy of teacher/student work that pointed the Institute in an exciting new direction.

Marjorie has arranged for Alan to visit the DC area for two weeks in April 2018. Instead of an institute in the classic sense, there will be a series of events designed to introduce Alan to local pianists and them to him.

So far the following events have been scheduled:

  • April 5 - James Madison University Music School . (10:30 am - 12 noon). Venue to be announced.
  • April 10 - Madison County Music Teachers' Association (10:30 am - 12 noon). Venue to be announced.
                   Presentation topic: The Hand's Arch Structure, the Anti-Gravity Function & Arm Weight Technique: Myth and Reality
  • April 12 - Washington Music Teachers' Association (10:30 am - 12 noon). Venue to be announced.
                    Presentation topic: The Thumb, Rotation, & Transforming the Physical into the Musical at the Piano

    There will also be several full days' teaching at the Marjorie Lee Studio:

    We will post more information as events are confirmed. If you have any questions please contact Sophie Cholich or Marj at the email below.




    Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his three books, The Craft of Piano Playing (also in DVD), Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, and All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique. He is at work on several new volumes. Visit here for more on Alan Fraser.

    If you have concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, send him an email.

       Alan hopes to attend Easter service here - one of the percs of
    teaching in Washington during Easter holidays


    Marjorie Lee has been a driving force for piano pedagogy in the DC area for several decades. Her studio has produced countless eminently capable pianists both amateur and professional, and she herself still maintains an active stage career.

    Marjorie Lee
    505 Park Street Northeast
    Vienna, VA. 22180
    (703) 938-3431

    The Marjorie Lee Piano Studios