Piano Track Info-GLMF

GLMF Piano Competition: Thursday, January 29

We are having a piano competition on Thursday, January 29. for advanced, high-school pianists. Please register asap as the contest has a limited number of openings. For more information, see the piano competition page.

GLMF Piano Track: Friday, January 30

3:45-4:30 Ensemble Rehearsal #1

Ensemble Levels (Music will be posted in October):

  • Level 1: Late Beginner/Early Intermediate Ensemble: Hoedown Tonight
  • Level 2: Intermediate: Shenandoah
  • Level 3: Late Intermediate/Early Advanced Ensemble: William Tell Overture
  • An additional ensemble will be added if needed

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 may 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.

5:45-6:30 Classes

Option 1: “How Many Notes Are Played” versus “How the Notes Are Played” by Mrs. Ruth Brown: Learn the essential qualities of an excellent hymnplayer whether you are beginning or advanced.

Option 2: “Determining Phrasing Theoretically Speaking” by Dr. Clater: Learn how to use theory to help you make your decisions when interpreting/shaping a melodic line.

Option 3: “Masterclass” by David Ledgerwood: Prepare a piece, and sign up in advance. The Masterclass has limited openings on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you plan to participate in the Masterclass, please email janet.tschida@mbu.edu the following by 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

6:45-7:30 Ensemble Rehearsal #2

For ensemble information, please see the “3:45-4:30 Ensemble Rehearsal #1″ section.

GLMF Piano Teacher Workshop: Friday, January 30

During the Friday evening choir rehearsal from 7:45-9:00 PM, adult piano teachers are invited to attend a piano teacher workshop in Century House, Piano Lab. After the workshop, the teachers will enjoy a time of coffee and visiting in Old Main Cafe. Please email janet.tschida@mbu.edu if you plan to attend.

GLMF Piano Track: Saturday, January 31

10:15-11:00 Ensemble Rehearsal #3

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