Sixth Annual Adult Piano, Classical Guitar
& Music Appreciation Workshop
July 27 - August 5, 2005
Music Director: Spencer Fellows
Faculty: Jennifer Fellows, Matthew Harre, Pamela Thompson
Can't Find An Hour to Practice?
This Workshop Will Offer You:
Refresh your love of music in a magical setting!
Varna is Bulgaria's third largest city and easily accessible from many major European cities as well as the capital, Sofia. It was inhabited even before the Greeks established the colony of Odessos there about 580 B.C. Later, under the Romans and their successors, the Slavs, Varna became a major port trading with Constantinople, Venice and Dubrovnik. In 1393 it was captured by the Turks, who made it an important military centre.
Today Varna is the main port for both naval and commercial shipping and, adjacent as it is to the coastal resorts of Golden Sands, St. Constantine (Drouzhba) and Albena, it has a stimulating cosmopolitan atmosphere. Sailors on shore-leave in unfamiliar ceremonial uniforms mingle with foreign tourists and locals as they promenade along shady boulevards, lined by dignified 19th and early 20th century buildings.
The city is known as the summer capital of Bulgaria for such traditional international cultural events Ė International ballet Competition, Varna Summer International Music Festival, Jazz Festival, Biennale of Graphics, Theatre Festival, Love is Folly Film Festival, etc.
Main places of interest are the Opera Theatre, the Museum of History, the Open-air Theatre, the Government Residence in the Palace of Euxinograde, the Sea Garden, the Roman Baths, and the Dolphinarium.
Central Varna is ALL within walking distance of the Black Sea - making it very pleasant and cool in the summer.
For more information about Bulgaria see http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/europe/bulgaria/
Spencer & Jennifer Fellows
Matthew Harre, originally from rural northern Pennsylvania, attended the American University in Washington D.C. with the intention of studying foreign relations. Classical music took over, however, and he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music theory and composition. His piano teachers included Esther Ballou and the well-known pedagogue Alexander Lipsky, with whom he worked for many years.
A specialist in teaching piano to adults, Mr. Harre is the founder of the pioneering Adult Music Student Forum, a non-profit organization serving amateur musicians in the greater Washington area. The forum presently has more than 100 members. He is certified by the Music Teachers National Association, is active in many music teacher organizations and is a frequent lecturer on issues of adult music education.
An instructor for many years with the Ellsworth Studio in Maryland, Mr. Harre now maintains his own independent studio in northwestern Washington, D.C., teaching some 50 students per week, the majority of them adults. Mr. Harre is the author of www.MusicalFossils.com which is popular web site for adult students worldwide. In his free time he practices yoga and enjoys weekly hiking in a favorite Maryland wilderness area.Pamela Thompson
Dr. Pamela Thompson received the D.M.A. degree from the University of Maryland in 1999 and specializes in the study and performance of eighteenth-century music. She particularly enjoys lecturing on music-historical events in the context of trends in politics, the visual arts, and dance. Pamela performs frequently as accompanist and collaborative pianist, and has taught piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, accompaniment and music theory. A former faculty member at the Georgetown University School for Summer and Continuing Education, the HARID Conservatory and the Levine School of Music, she continues to teach privately in the Washington, D.C. area.
Pianos and Practice Facilities
There will be access to practice rooms and rehearsal halls at the Varna Music School (Secondary) from 8:00 to 20:00 daily. The pianos available are German and Czech (Foerster, Petrof, Blutner, Gayer and Czerny). The Music School is located about 4 minutes walk from the accommodation.
Concerto with Orchestra
How To Join Us
Full Participant Tuition:
Concerto with Orchestra Fee:
Hotel Cherno More (seen here) is located in the centre of Varna on the main pedestrian square, close to the Sea Garden, the Black Sea beaches and the main shopping street of the city.
How to Apply
Registrations may be made by e-mail, mail or fax. Please send us your complete name, mailing address and phone number and we will invoice you as follows: a $400 US deposit is due when you receive the invoice; the balance will be due by May 15, 2005. Payment may be made by VISA, MC or cheque. The fee for those enrolled by May 15 is $980 ($750). After May 15 $1080 US for full participation or $850 US for music appreciation only.
How do I get to Varna!?
This is good question and one that EVERYONE asks. Please don't bother with your local travel agent you will probably get a quote which will turn your hair gray (if it's not already). We are presently working out an arrangement for discounted charter airfares from Frankfurt to Varna and will have more information soon. Bulgaria is now one of the major tourist destinations for Europeans, in North America however, you will not find much travel information. Meanwhile please investigate flights to Frankfurt and remember - July/August is the peak travel season to any part of Europe. If you need help or have any questions please contact us.
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