Princeton Peak Piano Retreat


PPPR 2015 participants and their repertoire: 

Back row, from left to right: Bonnie Dove: Elysian Fields by Roscoe Bussell; Ryan Bednarz; Gnossienne No. 1 by Eric Satie; Cathy Motter: Etude in D  sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12 by Alexander Scriabin; Hille Dais: Sonata in B flat major, K570 by A. W. Mozart

Front row, Roscoe Bussell: Mechanisms by Caleb Wenzel; Beth McGilway: Partita No. 6 in e minor, BWV 830, Toccata, by J.S. Bach; Marie Suzuki Mathis: Miroirs, Une barque sur l'ocean by Maurice Ravel; Marcia Pasquer: Gnossienne, Pieces Froides from Airs a Faire Fuir, I & II by Eric Satie; and Millah Nikkel: Sonata in G minor, Op. 49, No 1, Andante, by Beethoven.

In addition Beth McGilvray & Marcia Pasquer played Romace del Plata, Allegreto cantabile for two pianos by Carlos Guastavino; and Cathy Motter & Marie Suzuki Mathis interpreted Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17, Romance by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The Princeton Peak Piano Retreat encompasses a whole body approach to the study of piano. Each day can begin with an easy hike or a Tai Chi class, with the surrounding mountains and the sound of the Arkansas River adding to the relaxing spirit of the morning.

Classes start promptly at 9:45am, each morning, as Piano Master Classes start promptly at 9:45am on Monday morning. Also on Monday, an introductory class in Alexander Technique is offered at 8:30am. The Alexander Technique is a method of drawing awareness to one’s body movement so that control is relaxed and deliberate. For musicians, the technique can identify and assist with body and movement issues which interfere with fluid performance, and which may even cause pain.

Daily master classes are with Jo Boatright. A maximum of fifteen participants each have a 50-minute class master-class session. All master class participants benefit from the fifteen hours of teaching, sure to include gems for better playing from Jo’s career and her intimate knowledge of the wisdom and technique of the late Lili Kraus.

Afternoons may be spent practicing or taking private lessons with Jo and Harvey. Practice pianos are available in the homes of Buena Vista residents.

The retreat culminates with a public recital given by the participants. A reception and farewell party follow the recital.

There are three ways to participate in the PPPR:

  1. Participants may attend each master class, perform in one master class and play in the recital.
  2. Auditors may observe each of the master classes.
  3. An Observer may attend just one or up to fifteen of the master classes.

Any pianist attending the retreat may elect one or two private lessons with either Jo or Harvey. All class and lesson times are allocated based on receipt of application.

Click here to download and print the Princeton Peak Piano Retreat Brochure and Registration Form.

Please mail a copy of your completed application and the deposit amount to:
Walden Chamber Music Society
Attention: Jo Boatright
30594 CR 371
Buena Vista, CO 81211

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