Due to the current unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. The Ottawa Institute generally takes place once a year in July. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling as they arise.
Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or not well-enough prepared. However, Alan Fraser insists that we are all here to learn and this approach can help all of us, no matter whether our program is well-prepared or in a shambles. Thus the Institute really is open to all interested pianists:
There is no limit to improvement!
University of Ottawa students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge and receive a generous discount for active participation.
Many teachers in the Ottawa area may find it difficult to get away from their studio obligations for the entire week.
There are also interested amateurs whose day jobs will prevent them from attending the entire institute. For them we offer
individual lessons on a pay-as-you-go basis. For teachers, 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 Janice Gray to arrange these lessons.
GOING TO THE ORMTA CONVENTION?
Planning on attending the annual convention? Why not take a couple of days off before the convention,
come up to Ottawa and have a lesson with Alan Fraser? It'll be the perfect complement to your convention learning
Participants will be invited to select from this list for the daily seminar:
Perez Hall is located at the north end of the campus, just south of Laurier Avenue. It is indicated as "PRZ" on this
View this map for the University of Ottawa's location in the city.
Student housing is available on campus only a few minutes' walk from Perez Hall. To reserve your room please contact
Student Housing directly. There are many restaurants in the
area as well as high quality coffee joints.
For those who wish to experience more of the culture of Ottawa we recommend
Airbnb which has a wide selection of affordable rooms in private homes near
the university. Book early to be sure to have an optimal choice.
We also recommend the Ambassador Bed & Breakfast at 450 Laurier Ave, just a few blocks
from campus. Very reasonable, very clean, very welcoming Russian hosts, a really great breakfast included in the price,
and there just may be an upright piano in the living room by July.
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.
In the table below, click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at our retail partner,
2CheckOut.com. If you want to register for two or more days but not the entire institute, repeat the one-day registration as many times as you need.
Due to new 2CO regulations, all prices are listed in US dollars. You may change your payment
currency at checkout. 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 15.
25% STUDENT DISCOUNT - for students up to age 25.
35% Ottawa DISCOUNT - for all actively participating Ottawa 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 (403) 680-9275 to reserve your place. Janice 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.
If you have concerns or questions about your
participation in the institute and would like to address them
directly to Alan Fraser, contact him at
Contact Alan Fraser
Janice is an Ottawa amateur pianist who prepares a recital program each year to be
performed in Egypt where she spends a large part of the winter.
Email Janice Gray or telephone her at
If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before May 15: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before May 31: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before June 15: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before July 1: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after July 1: no reimbursement unless except in cases of doctor-certified illness or acts of God.
We reserve the right to cancel the institute due to insufficient enrolment; in this eventuality all resgistration fees will be