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I have received a copy of the brochure for the Victoria Conservatory Piano Summer School to be held August 1 - 9 in Victoria, BC. I would be glad to send a copy to anyone interested (send me a message with your email address so I can attach it). I tried to copy it to this thread but it comes out unreadable. There will be 3 of us from Seattle, I believe (including me!).

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Great interest on my part! Maybe we can travel together?

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I wish we had summer camps in the UK. We have hardly any events for hobbies and interests.


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This is the one I daydream about:

http://www.normandypianocourses.com/home.htm

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Originally posted by DameMyra:
Found it online. Link here:

http://www.vcm.bc.ca/summeracademies/summerpiano.html
It's going to be more expensive than the VPSS was. For approximately the same fee for the Adult program, VPSS was for three full weeks; the VCM Summer Piano Academy is for 10 days only.

For those driving, there is no all-day parking nearby; on-street parking near the Conservatory is limited to a maximum of two hours. One will have to go to a downtown parking lot - only five or six blocks away - and pay roughly $7.00 a day for parking.

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[b] Found it online. Link here:

http://www.vcm.bc.ca/summeracademies/summerpiano.html
It's going to be more expensive than the VPSS was. For approximately the same fee for the Adult program, VPSS was for three full weeks; the VCM Summer Piano Academy is for 10 days only.

For those driving, there is no all-day parking nearby; on-street parking near the Conservatory is limited to a maximum of two hours. One will have to go to a downtown parking lot - only five or six blocks away - and pay roughly $7.00 a day for parking.

Regards, [/b]
Thank you Bruce D. I have two questions:

1. The brochure lists levels by age group or teachers. I don't fit any of these catagories as a 58 year old playing somewhat advanced music. Any idea where I belong?

2. I don't know Victoria well but on Mapquest it looks like it's not too far from the clipper dock. BruceD is it close enough for a cab ride?

Seattlites - we can solve the parking problem by taking the Victoria Clipper. That would just add to the fun! I've already emailed the University of Victoria about accommodations and will post their reply.


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Thank you Bruce D. I have two questions:

1. The brochure lists levels by age group or teachers. I don't fit any of these catagories as a 58 year old playing somewhat advanced music. Any idea where I belong?
I would suggest you sign up for the Senior Academy, Grades 9 - 11; those are Conservatory level grades, not high school grades which determine age level.
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2. I don't know Victoria well but on Mapquest it looks like it's not too far from the clipper dock. BruceD is it close enough for a cab ride?
It is close enough for a short cab ride. Depending on how much luggage you have and whether or not your luggage is on wheels, you could even walk from the Clipper dock to the Conservatory. The problem is that your accommodations will most likely not be anywhere near the Conservatory unless you were to take downtown hotel accommodations.
If, as you said, you have requested accommodation infromation from the University of Victoria, it is quite possible that they will offer you - among others - accommodation in University dorms. The University is a long way from the Conservatory, but Victoria has an excellent public transportation system that will get you from the University campus to the Conservatory in 20 to 25 minutes.
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[b]Seattlites - we can solve the parking problem by taking the Victoria Clipper. That would just add to the fun! I've already emailed the University of Victoria about accommodations and will post their reply. [/b]
If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask and I'll try to provide answers. Susan de Burgh, director of the Summer Piano Academy is also my teacher, so I can get direct and precise information from her if I don't already know it myself.

If you wish to keep in touch via these posts, or via email, here's something else to consider : Depending on how many of you arrive from Seattle - and I would assume you might want to arrive the day before the program begins - I would be quite willing to meet the Clipper and drive you to your accommodations. I might even be able to commandeer my sister and her car for your arrival, thus giving room for more than the three passengers I could accommodate - maybe only two, depending on how much luggage you might be bringing with you. Something to think about that might make the hassle of arrival a little easier.

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I wish there was one for adults. Wouldn't that be fun? Master classes, lessons, practice time, campfires, no cooking, no responsibilities. Ahhhhh.
There is!
I have my own camp in Utica upstate NY
"Rami's Rhapsody Piano Camp" for adults.
Please check: http://ramisrhapsody.tripod.com/
The June 7-14 session has 2 available slots.
I'm leaving home tonight for a 3 weeks concert and teaching tour on the East Coast.
Will be happy to answer any question.
Please write to me at rrpcrrpc@yahoo.com
Best regards,
Rami

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Agilita.

Im not far from Normandy and have spent some summers there.
Was not aware of piano course. Tnx for your posting.
I note they refer to preparing pieces for the course but I was unable to locate same .Have you any idea what standard they might expect.
Tnx

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Or for those in the midwest, one might try http://www.northernlightsmusic.org/ A super experience in Minnesota. You surely can't beat the weather that time of year. The artistic director is a life-long friend.

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There are at least a couple option in UK. One is Chetham's International Festival and Summer School for Pianists. Another is weekend clinics given by Paul Roberts in Sussex. Search under www.paulrobertspiano.com. for the Sussex weekend.

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If, as you said, you have requested accommodation infromation from the University of Victoria, it is quite possible that they will offer you - among others - accommodation in University dorms. The University is a long way from the Conservatory, but Victoria has an excellent public transportation system that will get you from the University campus to the Conservatory in 20 to 25 minutes.
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- we can solve the parking problem by taking the Victoria Clipper. That would just add to the fun! I've already emailed the University of Victoria about accommodations and will post their reply. [/b]
If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask and I'll try to provide answers. Susan de Burgh, director of the Summer Piano Academy is also my teacher, so I can get direct and precise information from her if I don't already know it myself.

If you wish to keep in touch via these posts, or via email, here's something else to consider : Depending on how many of you arrive from Seattle - and I would assume you might want to arrive the day before the program begins - I would be quite willing to meet the Clipper and drive you to your accommodations. I might even be able to commandeer my sister and her car for your arrival, thus giving room for more than the three passengers I could accommodate - maybe only two, depending on how much luggage you might be bringing with you. Something to think about that might make the hassle of arrival a little easier.

Regards,


BruceD you are a prince. My family has given me the go ahead so I'm just waiting for information on accommodations. I (we?) may just take you up on the transportation. I'm hoping my fellow Seattleites will think about traveling together.


Best regards,

Deborah
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Can't help myself! I run, along with two other teachers, A Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. We congregate at Williams College and include a trip to Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Our brochure can be viewed at: http://www.williams.edu/admin/conference/docs/Piano2009.pdf
The three of us taught in the Czech Republic together via Symphonic Workshops (mentioned in an earlier post). I believe we are on our 5th summer together. Our participants span the range from beginners to quite advanced players. I also teach the Alexander Technique, which we highlight throughout the week. It is pure fun, lots of learning, and no stress! I'm happy to answer questions if you have any. We limit our group to 20 and already have 16 pre-registered, so please don't wait too long to contact me if you are interested in joining us.

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P.S. Forgot to say that any piano playing level is welcome, from the complete beginner to the professional.
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Originally posted by gooddog:
I wish there was one for adults. Wouldn't that be fun? Master classes, lessons, practice time, campfires, no cooking, no responsibilities. Ahhhhh.
There is!
I have my own camp in Utica upstate NY
"Rami's Rhapsody Piano Camp" for adults.
Please check: http://ramisrhapsody.tripod.com/
The June 7-14 session has 2 available slots.
I'm leaving home tonight for a 3 weeks concert and teaching tour on the East Coast.
Will be happy to answer any question.
Please write to me at rrpcrrpc@yahoo.com
Best regards,
Rami

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I am reviving this thread for Seattlites.

I am going to register for the Victoria Music Conservatory summer camp today. I'm planning on taking the Victoria Clipper from Seattle late in the day on 7/31 and returning to Seattle on the 9th, after classes end - if there is an evening Clipper.

I am still investigating accommodations and am hoping for a discount based on 9 nights. I'm also going to look into discounts that include the Clipper fare. There are several decent hotels nearby. I'm aiming for a single room with fridge and microwave.

Please PM if you want to travel together. We could meet at the dock.


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Originally Posted by gooddog
I am reviving this thread for Seattlites.

[I am keeping an eye on what the Seattlites are planning; I will continue to be available to offer assistance upon your arrival.]



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Another UK link below is to "The Oldie" piano week end.
Probably ideal for old farts or at least middle aged ones like myself, I was thinking of going with my sister.
Looks like a nice setting.


http://www.theoldie.co.uk/detail.php?item_id=281&page_id=21

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gmf001 & Bham & all other UK members.....
try www.pianosummerschool.com

some decent people going to be there, leslie howard few minor uk pianists - peter donohoe, murray mclachlin etc harry harris too haha he is awesome!

anton kuerti too...

i am THINKING of going myself, but not sure yet....might be on holiday then instead


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