SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - 2008 FESTIVAL FOR CREATIVE PIANISTS

March 20 - 22, 2008

Founder & Artistic Director: Arthur Houle
Festival Assistants: Lyn Ross and Evelyn Billberg
Calvin Hofer, Music Department Head


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Thursday, March 20, 7:30 P.M. (optional attendance)

Kick-off Concert: "Rhapsody in Blue and All That Jazz" with the Mesa State College Wind Symphony, Dr. Calvin Hofer, conductor.

Featuring:

1) Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Dr. Arthur Houle pianist.
2) Gottschalk's Grand Tarentelle (arr. Mathew Willis), Dr. Anthony Olson, piano soloist.
3) MSC Jazz Ensemble; Dr. Darin Kamstra, Director, with guest pianist Dr. John Salmon


Friday, March 21, 7:30 P.M. (mandatory attendance by festival participants)

Judges' Presentations:

1) Dr. Anthony Olson, Lecture/Recital: "Got Gottschalk? The Life and Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)"
2) Dr. John Salmon ("Jammin' Salmon") performs classical and jazz repertory

Judges' program CD's now available!

We are pleased to announce that CD recordings of the Judges Program (3/21/08) are available. Enjoy John Salmon's amazingly creative and embellished Bach as well as Anthony Olson's flamboyant performance of the music of Gottschalk! Contact Dr. Houle for details.

Saturday, March 22, 7:30 P.M. (mandatory attendance by festival participants)

Winners Recital and Awards Ceremony.





Complete Schedule of Adjudications, etc.

Registration: Your sign-in at the door of the Recital Hall at the Friday evening concert (March 21), 7:30 P.M., will serve as your registration.

Practicing: Practice pianos are available throughout the festival. The stage piano may be used whenever the Recital Hall is not otherwise being used for adjudications or evening programs. Please limit your times on the stage to no more than 10 minutes at a time, especially if you see someone else wishing to use the piano. Please be considerate and give priority to those who are scheduled early to adjudicate. (Please no food or drink in the Recital Hall or practice rooms!)

Adjudications are open to the public on condition that there are no distractions for the performers. This means:
1) Cell phones must be turned off.
2) No flash (or noisy) cameras. Such photos may be taken at the Awards Ceremony Saturday night, after performances.
3) People may only enter the Recital Hall between performances.

Monitors reserve the right to ask people to leave if there are any disruptions.

Students may play their pieces in any order they choose at their adjudications, even if it differs from the program sheet (or application form). Memorization is not required; please bring your music with measures numbered (if you have extra copies of the music, that would be appreciated but it's not necessary unless you are playing from the score). Those playing original pieces need not have scores, but scores are appreciated (even if they are a bit rough). Judges will be seated on the stage, off to the side. Members of the audience who wish to hear their verbal comments (immediately following the adjudications) are encouraged to sit close to the stage (please be quiet during performances, however).

Judges will only see contestant #'s (no names).

Participants: Please remember your contestant #.






Thursday, March 20:

7:30 P.M. (optional attendance); $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students.

NOTE: This is the only event that is not in the Recital Hall; it is in the nearby Robinson Theater (see signs in building).

• Kick-off Concert: "Rhapsody in Blue and All That Jazz" with the Mesa State College Wind Symphony, Dr. Calvin Hofer, conductor.

Featuring:

1) Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Dr. Arthur Houle pianist.
2) Gottschalk's Grand Tarentelle -Dr. Anthony Olson, piano soloist.
3) Guest appearance by Dr. John Salmon.
4) Jazz selections by MSC students.





Friday, March 21:

8:00 - 9:30 A.M.: Practice sessions on stage piano

9:30 A.M.: # 17 Hope Chynoweth

10:00 A.M.: # 13 - Matt Scofield

10:30 A.M.: #14 - Rob Wallace

11:00 A.M.: #3 - Alex Brahmsteadt

11:30 A.M.: #20 - Zachary Bush

11:30 Noon to 2:30 P.M.: Practice sessions on stage piano

2:30 P.M.: #11 - Jenaer Rader

3:00 P.M.: #8 - Lauren Mann

3:30 P.M.: # 6 - Ryan Gibb

4:00 P.M.: # 5 - Jessica Garton

4:30 P.M.: # 2 - Sarah Baltzer

5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.: Practice sessions on stage piano - dinner for judges

7:30 P.M. Judges program (mandatory attendance for participants; please sign in at door). Suggested donation is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students, at the door. Open to the general public.





Saturday, March 22:

8:00 - 9:30 A.M.: Practice sessions on stage piano

10:00 A.M.: # 19 - AJ Bush

10:30 A.M.: #15 - Fay Fay Ye

11:00 A.M.: #18 Heather Moody

11:30 Noon to 1 P.M.: Practice sessions on stage piano - lunch for judges

1:00 P.M.: #10 - Christina Qi

1:30 P.M.: #7 - Jonathan Keith

2:00 P.M.: #4 - Jack Cohen

2:30 P.M.: #1 - John Ahern

3:00 P.M.: Judges will deliberate

4:00 to 4:30 P.M.: Winner #'s will be posted on hallway bulletin board. Students must plan to consult this in order to know if they are performing at the Winners Recital. Students will each play one piece only (chosen by judges) per prize won. Memory is not required.

4:00 to 7:00 P.M.: Practice sessions on stage piano - dinner for judges

7:30 P.M.: Winners Recital and Awards Ceremony. Suggested donation is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students, at the door. Open to the general public.





If you have any questions regarding directions to the college, local lodging or food accommodations, parking, etc., please contact our administrative assistant, Lyn Ross or call 970.248.1233 during normal business hours.

Dr. Arthur Houle
Associate Professor/Dir. of Keyboard Studies
Mesa State College Music Dept. MPAC #130 Tel: 970.248.1069 hm 970.242.3856

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