Cassa Adult Piano

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Cassa Adult Piano July 23 - 25, 2018
Performance Musicale Wednesday, 2:00 pm

St. Vladimir's Cultural Centre, 404 Meredith Road NE 

9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

See the registration form and the fee summary 
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Cassa Adult Piano is an exciting three-day experience for adult pianists to explore the many facets of piano playing in a supportive, fun atmosphere that promotes a positive attitude towards practising and performing. Students are coached in prepared solo repertoire and new ensemble pieces. There are classes in musical style, interpretation, memorization, technique and performance anxiety.

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Clinicians for 2018 

Dr. Jennifer Snow and Dr. Andrew Hisey

Dr. Jennifer Snow

Dr. Jennifer Snow is the Executive Director of The Frances Clark Center. She has held the positions of Vice President, Teacher Education and Chief Academic Officer, Examinations for the Royal Conservatory. She is actively involved with areas of creativity and innovation integrating technology and education and is dedicated to career advancement for young professionals. A passionate educator, Jennifer was previously on the keyboard faculty at the renowned UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where she taught piano, collaborative piano, and pedagogy. Her students hold teaching, performing, and arts leadership positions internationally. 

More information about Dr. Snow is available here

Dr. Andrew Hisey

DR. ANDREW HISEY is recognized across the United States and Canada for his innovative and inspiring work teaching people to engage with and make music at the piano. He was a Regional Leader for the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program and continues to serve that organization as a senior examiner. He has played a major role in the creation of several widely recognized series of piano music books—The Composer Editions; Christopher Norton: Connections for Piano; Pattern Play: Inspiring Creativity at the Piano, and the 2001, 2008 and 2015 editions of The Celebration Series repertoire and etudes anthologies published by RCM Publishing.

More information about Dr. Hisey is available here.

Outperform Fear - Nicole Owen

We are excited about offering Nicole Owen’s presentation to our Piano and Adult Piano sessions. 

This one-hour workshop is ideal for performers who are tired of fear getting in their way.  

How many gifted performing artists waste years training and practicing for the performance they never give?  The fear of failure, fear of making a mistake, the fear of stepping on to the stage having forgotten to put your pants on! No matter how great or small your fear is, it will always get in the way of your dreams and desires. You have two choices: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise and you haven’t spent all of those endless hours just to turn and run!

In this workshop we explore the origins of fear and learn the tools that will help you make fear your friend instead of your foe. 

Nicole Owen is the creator of the Performer’s Advantage – a full-length course designed to help performing artists find freedom and fulfillment in pursuit of the full creative expression. She has combined over 26 years of experience as a performer and her training as a musician, Professional Certified Coach and Daring Way Facilitator has given her insights into the challenges Performing Artists face and the tools to help them overcome. 

“One of the best parts was being together with other adults who share this crazy passion of ours to play the piano! 

- Robin Harrison (1932-2013), Clinician 2005

The Value of Cassa Adult Piano

"I learned so much. I literally feel like I got 3 months’ worth of practicing during those 3 days! It was AMAZING. I wish I could do something like this every month.”

- Eric Klaszus, 2017 Participant

Quotes from Previous Participants

"I learned a lot and met a fabulous group of instructors and adult participants.  It increased my motivation and inspiration, which is what I’ve really needed.  I was able to hear beautiful piano playing."

"I liked the guest clinicians as well as the positive feedback from the teachers.  The duet was fun." 

"The clinicians were wonderful and encouraging and helpful.  I also really enjoyed the talks as they were very insightful and thought provoking."

"I liked the exposure to different instructors."

"It was fantastic and there was very encouraging teaching.  I liked meeting high-caliber musicians and hearing their thoughts"

"I loved the masterclasses very much.  ...the length of Adult Piano is just right with a wonderful quality of instructors.  The one hour masterclasses did disappear quickly..."

"Having so many varied opinions and advice definitely enriched my learning"

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