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Pacific Piano Day

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Eligible high school pianists are invited to join us for a day of music making with Pacific's piano faculty!

Participate in master classes, meet current Pacific students, and hear exciting performances.  For more information, contact Sonia Leong: sleong@pacific.edu

High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (2015-16 school year) performing at the Certificate of Merit Level 8 and above (eg. Bach Inventions, sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven, Chopin Nocturnes).  Participants are admitted by teacher recommendation.

Prepare one piece (memorization preferred).

Master classes:
Participants will be placed in small groups, and given a lesson by a member of the Conservatory's piano faculty. In addition, students will observe another Conservatory faculty member as he/she works with other participants.

Tentative schedule:
9:30 am Registration & Welcome
10:00 am Master classes
12:00 pm Lunch with Conservatory Interim Dean Daniel Ebbers and Pacific students & faculty
1:00 pm Master classes
2:15 pm Campus Tour
3:00 pm Recital of current Conservatory students
4:00 pm Reception







Registration Fee
$25 Participant (includes lunch)
$15 Observer (those who attend but do not want to perform, includes lunch)
$5 per parent for lunch (optional)


Parents are welcome to attend the master classes at no charge.  Lunch can be purchased (optional).


For more information, contact Sonia Leong: sleong@pacific.edu

Faculty Bios

Frank Wiens has been an active touring concert artist since 1974, giving numerous recitals throughout the United States annually. He has toured South Korea and the former Soviet Union, was a soloist with the Orchestra Dinu Lipatti in Romania and gave an all-Chopin recital at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. A winner of numerous awards, he has performed in London, Vienna, and New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, and been a soloist with such orchestras as the Atlanta, Denver, and Detroit Symphonies. His compact disc recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Slovakia National Orchestra was released on the Fanfare-Intersound label.

Pianist Sonia Leong has performed in Canada, the United States, England, Romania, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. She has appeared with the Filarmonica de Stat Dinu Lipatti in Romania, the Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Stockton Symphony, the St. John Chamber Orchestra, and has performed live on Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva. Dr. Leong studied at the University of British Columbia, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Université de Montréal, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is a founding member of the in-residence piano trio, Trio 180.