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Pacific Piano Festival

Saturday, November 4, 2017

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.  Earn the chance to win a partial scholarship to our summer Pacific Piano Camp. 

New this year: a session on Practicing, Nerves, and Performance.

For more information, contact Sonia Leong:

All high school students (2017-18 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 taught in a master class setting by a member of the Conservatory's piano faculty, then will observe their fellow participants working with the other faculty member.

Tentative schedule:
10:00 am Registration & Welcome
10:30 am Master classes
12:00 pm Lunch with Conservatory Dean Peter Witte and Pacific students & faculty
1:00 pm Master classes
2:30 pm Campus Tour
3:00 pm Practicing, Nerves, and Performance
4:00 pm Recital by current Pacific students
4:30 pm Reception







Registration Fee 
$30 Participant (includes lunch)
$15 Observer (those who attend but do not want to perform, includes lunch)
$5 per parent for lunch (optional)



Piano teachers are admitted free of charge but should register by clicking on the link below.  Lunch can be purchased (optional).

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

For more information, contact Sonia Leong:


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 which was the featured chamber music ensemble at the Music Teachers Association of California's 2017 State Convention.