Piano Monster Camp at PSU celebrates 22nd year

June 19th, 2014 by Lynn

    Student concerts on June 25 and 29 open to the public

    PLYMOUTH — A summer festival devoted to teaching aspiring pianists is celebrating its 22nd year on the campus of Plymouth State University.

    The Piano Monster Festival serves as an intensive learning experience for piano players in grades five through 12. Sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the camp gives students the opportunity to spend time with peers, learn to perform in an ensemble setting, and work under the direction of a conductor. The camps conclude with final concerts at Silver Center for the Arts. Junior campers will perform on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Seniors on Sunday, June 29 at 4 p.m.

    Piano Monster founder and Director Carleen Graff, PSU Professor of Music, noted anyone who appreciates music is urged to attend the concerts:

    “The public will enjoy the unique experience of hearing and seeing multiple pianos played simultaneously by 32 hands, or 160 fingers, under the direction of a conductor. Numerous interesting pieces will be performed, including The Pink Panther theme, rags, marches, selections from the Sound of Music, works by classical composers Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Moszkowski, and original compositions by Robert Vandall. In addition, the Festival Chorus will sing at the Junior Camp concert, and a vocal ensemble and hand bell choir will perform at the Senior Camp concert. Both concerts will include digital keyboard orchestras,” Graff explains.

    Internationally recognized composer Robert Vandall is returning for his third year as instructor and conductor. Vandall has travelled extensively throughout the US, presenting workshops to teacher groups and directing large piano ensembles.

    Tickets are available for $8 at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-ARTS(2787) or (800) 779-3869, or may be purchased online at http://silver.plymouth.edu.

     

    Piano Monster Camp at PSU celebrates 21st year

    July 8th, 2013 by Lynn

      THE PIANO Monster Festival celebrated its 21st season this summer. From left are current PSU students Alicia Dale and Monique LaFreniere, Carleen Graff and PSU grads Jacqueline Morin ‘07 and Colin McIver ’09, and current student Elizabeth Hodges. All five of the counselors were once Piano Monster Festival students. COURTESY

      PLYMOUTH — A summer festival devoted to teaching aspiring pianists is celebrating its 21st year on the campus of Plymouth State University.

      The Piano Monster Festival serves as an intensive learning experience for piano players in grades 5-12.

      Because of its ongoing success and popularity, PSU students and alums who participated in the festival as youngsters have returned to the event as counselors, supplementing the expertise of Piano Monster founder and Director Carleen Graff, a PSU Music Professor and current President of the New Hampshire Music Teacher Association.

      For more information about the Piano Monster Festivals, visit PSU’s website at www.plymouth.edu and search “Piano Monster” in the top right search bar.

       

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