MASON SUMMER PIANO ACADEMY
Featuring Mason Community Arts Academy Teaching Artists, this program provides piano students with a week of focused musical study in an inspiring group environment. Participating in private lessons, masterclasses, piano ensembles, and music theory/ history sessions, students will grow in their love of and enthusiasm for piano music. Guided practice sessions will help students to improve quickly. The week will culminate in a recital performance for families and friends.
The skill level is from beginner (minimum 1 year of private lessons) to advanced, and students are grouped within the program according to their level and age.
Special features for Summer 2019:
– A special masterclass with Mason School of Music Piano Professor Dr. Anna Balakerskaia
IMPORTANT: Specific questions will be asked during registration to inform the Director on the student’s current experience and skill level for placement purposes only.
Ages: 8-18 years
Dates: July 29-August 2 and August 5-9, 2019
+ Saturday recitals
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F) + Saturday recital time TBA
Tuition: $555 per week
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building
You can choose to attend either or both weeks! To register for both, you will need to add each weekly program to your cart before final checkout/ payment.
An “Extended Day” option is available for this program for the week of July 29-Aug 2 only from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “Extended Day” or “After Care”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.
Director/ Instructor: Michelle Richardson
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Read about Ms. Richardson
In addition to her performing, Michelle has been an active teacher in the area for the last eight years. Along with her performance bachelor’s degree, she completed all the coursework toward a music education degree. In August of 2015 she was faculty on the Corcoran Chamber Music Institute (formerly known as the Summer Piano and Chamber Music Institute at George Washington University). She currently is adjunct faculty at George Mason University where she teaches keyboard classes throughout the year. She also is an active faculty member at the Potomac Arts Academy at George Mason University, where she teaches at summer piano programs, group classes, and maintains a large piano studio of all ages throughout the year. She is experienced teaching all levels of piano, and has prepared students for successful auditions to their top choice music schools with scholarship.
Instructor: Faith Zuñiga
Read about Ms. Zuniga
Ms. Zúñiga took part in the inaugural edition of the Valencia International Piano Academy in Spain, where she studied with teachers from Juilliard, Peabody, and the Madrid Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia. A native of Illinois, Faith has performed in Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Faith is passionate about teaching! Among other achievements, her students have won the highest ratings at the NVMTA Spring Festival.
Instructor: Andy Miller (pending)
Read about Mr. Miller
In May 2010, Andrew graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Christopher Newport University. Under the tutelage of CNU professors, Dr. Jeffrey Brown and Dr. Amanda Halstead, Andrew won the CNU Concerto/Aria Competition twice and was given the privilege of performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Christopher Newport University Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral recognition, Andrew received first place in the annual Friends of Music Scholarship Recital and was nominated two times for the “People’s Choice” Award. He has performed various musicals for TheaterCNU including the production of Urinetown (2007) as a member of the “Pit Stop Band” and was Assistant Musical Director for their production of Little Shop of Horrors (2008). During the spring of 2009, he was chosen by the faculty and was inducted into the honorary music fraternity Pi Kappa Lambda, which recognizes students for their advanced academic and musical accomplishments. In addition to his keyboard experiences, he enjoyed playing trombone as a member, and later as a drum major (2009), of the CNU Marching Captains.
Today, Andrew works alongside keyboard professors as Graduate Lecturer at GMU, maintains a private studio of 30 local students, as well as working as a vocal coach/accompanist for GMU private voice studios (since 2011), VA Hills Baptist Church (since 2012), and the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts (2009-2010). In addition to his professional coaching, Andrew has appeared as a soloist/accompanist for the concert series “Music for the Angels” at the National Swedenborgian Church in Washington D.C and is a current recipient of the Linda Monson Endowment Scholarship at George Mason University.
Instructor: Misha Tumanov
Read about Mr. Tumanov
Misha is a frequent performer at festivals and conferences, both as a solo and collaborative pianist, including the International Double Reed Society conference, MTNA, Piano Technicians Guild, and Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. Misha has been featured as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the National and Youth Symphony Orchestras of Costa Rica, as well as the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Misha is working on his Doctoral Dissertation project at University of Maryland, recording works of the early Soviet Avant-garde, including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Feinberg, and Roslavets.
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Mason Summer Piano Academy Welcome 2019 via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.
- Questions about parking on campus? Find answers here.
To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.
“My favorite part was the four semi-private (2 students) professional lessons. I also loved the t-shirt that the students received. Kudos to the designer.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2018 ParentSee More Testimonials
“I really appreciated the opportunity provided for my child to see a wide variety of style and performance.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2017 Parent
“My favorite part was getting a chance to work with new teachers and to meet other kids very interested in piano.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2017 Participant