2017 PPG Festival

Welcome to the eighth annual PPG festival. The Piano Pedagogy Group is a group for teachers studying piano pedagogy or working towards an exam goal.

The festival is organized for PPG teachers and their students. All students of any age or level are encouraged to enter any style or genre of piece. The festival also offers a teachers class for PPG teachers who are working on repertoire.

Our mission is to:

– Provide a positive learning atmosphere
– Give students a chance to perform for other students and parents
– Learn from a qualified adjudicator to gain extra insight into repertoire

Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Time: approx. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (class times will be sent to teachers 2 weeks prior to festival date)
Place: Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos, 6033 Centre Street SW, Calgary
Contact: festival@calgarypianopedagogygroup.ca

Registration deadline: February 10th, 2017
Registration: click here to register online. Note: fees are paid directly to your teacher after registering online.

This year’s adjudicator is Charles Foreman.

Adjudicator Biography:
Pianist Charles Foreman was born near Chicago, where he was a scholarship student of Rudolph Reuter at the American Conservatory. His undergraduate degree, awarded with high distinction, is from Indiana University, where he studied piano with Abbey Simon and Joseph Battista and conducting with Julius Herford and Fiora Contino. He also holds the Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Anton Kuerti and Katharina Wolpe. Foreman has done postgraduate work with William Aide, and also at the Juilliard School with Abbey Simon.

He is currently the Vice-President of the International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society and Artistic Co-Director of the Mountain View International Festival of Song, Canada’s first summer music workshop and festival to focus primarily on art song, and of the Mountain View Connection, Calgary’s only concert series dedicated to presenting young professional classical musicians in recital. Charles repeated his nine-concert Beethoven cycle of the 32 solo piano sonatas, begun on February 28, 2015 and concluded on May 28, 2016, for the benefit of Mountain View.

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