Piano Track Info-GLMF

Note: Info for 2015 will be posted on September 1, 2014

SESSION 1 (Friday, January 24)

3:30-4:20 Classical/Educational Workshops

Option 1: “TEAM88″ by Mrs. Ruth Brown in DC 102—Experience a surge of enthusiasm about your piano playing by joining the Great Lakes Music Fest TEAM88!

Option 2: “Masterclass” by David Ledgerwood in Old Main 214—Prepare a piece  and sign up in advance.

Masterclass Info: The Masterclass has limited openings on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you plan to participate in the Masterclass, you must email janet.tschida@mbu.edu the following no later than January 6.

  • Your name
  • Your teacher’s name
  • Your age
  • The title and composer/arranger of the piece you will perform
  • The length of the piece

SESSION 2 (Friday, January 24)

5:45-6:20 Church Music Workshops

  • Option 1: “How Do I Get Past the ‘Boom-Chink’ Sound?” by Janet Tschida in Old Main 214—Learn how to strategically place octaves and chords to avoid the “boom chink” sound. (should be able to play hymns as written)
  • Option 2: “Accompanying Special Music Using the Hymnal” by Mrs. Ruth Brown in Century House Piano LabTake a hymn and make an accompaniment for small church groups by effectively integrating the use  rhythmic and melodic motifs, chord substitution, modulation, and transposition. (must be at least late intermediate in level)
  • Option 3:  “Songleading Patterns” by Dr. David Ledgerwood in Dining Commons 102Are you trying to follow the director, but you don’t know what the conducting patterns mean? Or, do you know what the conducting patterns mean, but the songleader doesn’t? Learn tips for following experienced and inexperienced song leaders. (any level)

6:25-7:25 Ensembles

Ensemble Options:

  • Late Beginner/Early Intermediate Ensemble: O Canada arr. by Andrea Ly—12 hands/2 pianos with Michelle Clater in Century House 153
  • Late Intermediate/Early Advanced Ensemble: Malaguena arr. by Andrea Ly—8 hands/2 pianos with Janet Tschida in Century House Piano Lab
  • Advanced Ensemble: Brazileira by Milhaud/arr. by Hughes—8 hands/2 pianos with David Ledgerwood in Century House 151
  • Advanced Ensemble: The Lone Ar-ranger—6 hands/1 piano with Ruth Brown in Old Main Music Hall (Ruth Brown’s Office)

General Ensemble Information:

  • Ensemble rehearsals will be coached by Maranatha’s Piano Faculty.
  • Students will be given the password to the music after they register online. After viewing the music, students should send their first three part choices to janet.tschida@mbu.edu.
  • Students need to master their assigned part up to tempo before coming to Great Lakes Music Festival.
  • Students will perform the piece along with college piano majors and minors (some parts will be doubled).
  • Groups able to perfect their pieces will perform in the concert on Saturday.

Consider the Following when Choosing an Ensemble:

  • If you take private lessons, please ask your teacher for his/her advice.
  • Learn all of the parts if at all possible (this will help you perform much better in the ensemble).
  • Remember that performing a piece with several different parts is much more difficult than performing a solo (choose cautiously).

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Ensembles:

  • Will I be auditioning for the concert performance? No, everyone will participate in the concert piano ensembles. We have 2 people per part (in some cases, a college student will be playing the part as well).
  • How will we all be able to play in the concert? In the concert area (the gym), we have two grands, and we move in two uprights. We will do one performance of each piece (8-12 performers per piece).
  • What if I cannot learn a certain section of my part? Please remember that there will be two people per part. Chances are, the other person WILL be able to play the section you cannot. We would prefer that you either “rest” during measures that are too difficult for you, or just play one hand for the sections you are unable to master by the festival.

SESSION 3 (Saturday, January 25)

10:15-11:00 Ensemble Rehearsals

11:10-11:30 Technical Rehearsal in the Gym

Piano Competition (Thursday, January 23)

We are having a piano competition on Thursday, January 23. for advanced, high-school pianists. The contest is limited to the first ten qualifying applicants. For more information, see the piano competition page.