Curriculum of the Collaborative Piano Institute

During each week of the festival, you will receive two or more one-on-one lessons with different faculty members, as well as perform at one studio class and one masterclass. There will be a minimum of three lectures per week, as well as group classes on topics regarding song, chamber music, and opera literature; vocal coaching and diction; technique issues and practicing; and conducting.

Week 1

During this week’s private lessons we will be focusing on your individual needs, and preparing the pieces that you will be rehearsing, coaching, and performing with partners during the second and third week. You will be expected to participate in several Masterclasses without partners. This week will feature at least one Open practice session, in which members of the faculty will discuss and present the best way of approaching the practice process – an important knowledge to acquire in a field where much has to be accomplished in short periods of time. The first week will feature Faculty recitals. 

Week 2

Continuation of rehearsals, lessons, classes, group lessons, and masterclasses; arrival of the faculty and students of Bravo Shattuck. We will begin scheduling rehearsals with vocal and instrumental partners, and initiate coachings with faculty members of both festivals. This week’s Masterclasses will involve your new with partners. Week 2 will end with Student Recitals.

Week 3

Continuation of rehearsals, lessons, classes, group lessons, and masterclasses; Recitals with faculty singers and Bravo Shattuck instrumentalists. During this final week, you will have the opportunity to sign up for Optional recordings that you can use for prescreenings.