In 2016 the
Smith College Music Department,
site of the very first Institute, welcomes us back for year six. Our flagship Institute will again be held in Earle Recital
Hall, whose two fine Steinway pianos (a pre-war New York B and a more recent Hamburg C) assure the highest possible level
of artistic work at this Institute. Sage Hall's practice facilities also feature Steinway pianos.
Northampton, Massachusetts with its many interesting eateries and numerous New England wood frame houses
offers congenial surroundings for the intense creative atmosphere of the institute. The stately architecture of
Smith College, one of the most revered of New England universities, is at once ennobling, inspiring and welcoming.
We look forward to seeing you there!
INDIVIDUAL LESSONS FOR LOCAL TEACHERS
Many teachers in the Northampton area may find it difficult to get away from their studio obligations for the entire week.
For them we offer individual lessons on a pay-as-you-go basis. The special focus will be on bringing Fraser's new
technique strategies to your young students, allowing them to improve their
sound and agility, advance more quickly and avoid the risk of injury later on.
Please contact Christine Olson to arrange these lessons.
ARRIVAL & ONSITE REGISTRATION
This year the Institute starts on a Saturday evening and ends on a Friday morning so that participants will not have to
fight weekend traffic coming and going.
Your registration packets will be distributed at the opening gathering at Christine Olson's house, 12 Forbes Avenue.
Click here for travelling
directions to Smith College.
Directions from 12 Forbes Avenue to Sage Hall
The nearest airport is Bradley International in Hartford, CT.
There are several
airport shuttles to Northampton.
Directions from Bradley International Airport
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BILLETING IN PRIVATE HOMES
Christine Olson has arranged with several of her neighbours to offer low-cost accommodation
($25 a night for private room and shared bath). The neighbourhood is a 15 minute walk to the music building.
Please contact Christine by June 12 if you would like to be billeted in one of these homes.
We are doing everything possible to make your attendance at this Institute financially viable.
See the Smith College website for a list of hotels in the area.
The Autumn Inn
is the shortest walk to the music building (15 minutes), followed by the Hotel Northampton on King Street and
the Quality Inn and brand new Marriott both on Conz Street (both 20+ minute walk). The Autumn Inn offers Fraser
Institute participants a discounted rate on week nights only of $92. To receive the Institute discount,
call (413) 584-7660 and ask to book a room in the Smith College Alan Fraser Piano block.
You have until May 18th to reserve your room at the discounted rate. Please call and reserve your room as
soon as possible as June weekends fill up quickly. All guests have a 48-hour cancellation policy prior to arrival.
offers very reasonable accommodation in private homes close to Smith College. For instance, this
is comfortable and significantly less than the price of the Autumn Inn, even at our preferred discounted rate. Airbnb does
not allow third party rentals so we cannot reserve these places for you. However they are happy to have our referral.
The earlier in the year you make your booking, the better selection you will have at airbnb.
Note: Free parking is offered on campus near the music building.
The active participation fee covers FIVE individual lessons, daily group ATM lesson, daily seminar lecture,
and observation of all other lessons. Auditors participate fully but receive no individual lessons.
After registering, please return here to fill out the
DETAILED PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM.
In the tables below, when you scroll over a price it changes colour. Click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or
2CheckOut.com, our retail partner.
Please note that the credit card charge will appear on your statement as "2CO.COM," not as
"The Alan Fraser Piano Institute."
OPTION 1: Online Deposit
Register with a non-refundable deposit.
OPTION 2: Register Online
OPTION 3: Online Discounts
10 % EARLY BIRD & SENIORS DISCOUNT - for seniors age 65 and over; also anyone under 65 who registers by May 1.
25% STUDENT DISCOUNT - for students up to age 25.
35% SMITH DISCOUNT - for all actively participating Smith College students and staff.
Remember, when you've registered, please fill out the
Fees for the Alan Fraser Piano Institute cover venue rental costs, travel costs, administration
and website costs as well as Professor Fraser's teaching fees. Accommodation fees are paid separately to the host
institution or the private accommodation you arrange.
For other options such as registering 'in person' and paying by cheque, please email
or call her at 1-413-586-4012 to reserve your place. Christine will answer all your questions and arrange
your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.
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.
Christine Olson is a pianist and Alexander Technique teacher based in Northampton. Alexander Technique and
Feldenkrais Method are like two peas in a pod, so it was natural for her curiosity to be stimulated by Alan
Fraser's approach several years ago. Christine is the originator, general coordinator and administrator for
the Smith College institute. Contact her at:
12 Forbes Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
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