As Earle Hall, site of the very first Smith College institute in 2011, is not available
this year, we are moving up the road to Bezanson Recital Hall at the
Department of Music & Dance.
Bezanson's two fine Steinway D pianos and its stellar acoustics assure an exceptional level of artistic
work at this Institute. The Music Department's practice facilities also feature Steinway pianos.
Alan Fraser will baptize our flagship institute's new headquarters with a lecture recital on the Rachamaninoff
D minor piano sonata and its connection to Goethe's Faust. He gives the multimedia lecture in the first
part of the evening, then plays the mammoth sonata in its entirety after intermission.
This is the only 6-day institute to take place this year anywhere. This length allows a greater
assimilation of the ideas and a richer experience both in the student recital and in your ongoing work
after the institute's completion. If the 6-day option is too pricey for you, please contact
Christine Olson to arrange
our economy plan: register for only 4 or 5 lessons spread out over the 6 days.
The Institute is OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS:
Amherst, 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 historical significance of Amherst does not pass
unnoticed: the last and largest professional training given by Moshe Feldenkrais took place here, and the Dorothy Taubman
Institute was in residence for many summers. We look forward to soaking up the vibes with you in Amherst!
INDIVIDUAL LESSONS FOR LOCAL TEACHERS
Many teachers in the Amherst 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. We also encourage them to bring select students for a session or
two. The special focus will be on bringing Fraser's new technique strategies to 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 Sunday afternoon and ends on a Sunday morning, allowing participants
to avoid weekend traffic coming and going. Your registration packets will be distributed at the opening
Click here for travelling
directions to the U. Mass Music Department.
Note: Free parking is offered on campus near the music building.
The nearest airport is Bradley International in Hartford, CT.
There are several
airport shuttles to Amherst.
Directions from Bradley International Airport
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Boston-Logan Airport is
2 1/2 hours from Amherst by bus, and 2 hours by car.
BILLETING IN PRIVATE HOMES
Christine Olson has arranged with several of her neighbours in nearby Northampton to offer low-cost
accommodation ($25 a night for private room and shared bath). The neighbourhood is a 20-minute drive to U.
Mass. and we will provide a shuttle service. Please contact Christine by June 1 if you would like to be
billeted in one of these homes. We are doing everything possible to make your attendance at this Institute
HOTELS, HOSTELS, AIRBNB
See the U. Mass website for a list of hotels and hostels in the area. Booking.com and Airbnb.com offer other
accommodation possibilities. HILLEL HOUSE in Amherst offers inexpensive, comfortable accomodations:
dorm housing with shared bath, kitchen and laundry. Call or email Robert Kaufman to make your reservation:
firstname.lastname@example.org Cell 413 218 4557 Office 413 549 1710 ex 205
The active participation fee covers SIX 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
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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% U MASS DISCOUNT - for all actively participating U Mass 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.
After you have completed your institute, please return here to fill out the
QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps you and us to evaluate your experience, plan your ongoing regime for further
pianistic advances, and fine-tune the institute structure to better meet your needs.
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.
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 U Mass institute. Contact her at:
12 Forbes Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
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