Latest Blog Entries

  • Camp 2017 Celebration

    Camp 2017 Celebration

      PIANO ENSEMBLE CAMP 17’ CELEBRATION Piano Faber Institute in Ann Arbor June 23, 2017 @ 11:45 AM Camp Director welcomes the audience and acknowledges support from the Faber Piano Institute, the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild Foundation and …Read More »
  • Piano Ensemble Camp 2017

    Piano Ensemble Camp 2017

    From June 19 to 23, 17 campers, age 10 to 16, swarmed the Piano Faber Institute to make music together under the guidance of one director, ten teachers and four guest artists.  We did not need the results of our …Read More »
  • Piano Ensemble Camp 2016

    Piano Ensemble Camp 2016

    June 24 marked the end of our Piano Ensemble camp and during this week long program, we all had a fantastic time. What a treat to see these 17 students, age 10 to 16, work together and improve each day. …Read More »
  • So Where Are the Lady Beethovens Anyhow?

    So Where Are the Lady Beethovens Anyhow?

    At the next formal meeting of the AAAPTG (April 21, 9:30 a.m.), Performers Group members will be highlighting a collection devoted to women composers acquired by the University of Michigan music library in the early 80’s which has recently been …Read More »

Upcoming Public Events

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Jonathan Kuuskoski

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Jonathan Kuuskoski

    Thursday, September 20th, 2018

    From A to T: Preparing Your Students for the Challenges (and Opportunities) of Tomorrow

    This presentation explores practical strategies that will help pre-college students fully leverage their music training to succeed in any academic career.

    Jonathan Kuuskoski is chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership and director of the EXCEL Lab at the UM School of Music Theater and Dance.

    Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Emily Bilek

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Emily Bilek

    Thursday, October 25th, 2018

    Addressing Anxiety and Depression in School Age Children

    This presentation will focus on these symptoms in young people, how to differentiate these concerns from age appropriate mood and behavior changes, and how to help students who may be suffering from anxiety or depression. The talk will be tailored to the context of music and piano education, and context specific examples will be given.

    Emily Bilek, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a clinical assistant professor in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry.

    Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.

  • Sarah and Susan Wang: Masterclass and Concert

    Sarah and Susan Wang: Masterclass and Concert

    Sunday, October 28th, 2018

    Press Release:
    The Faber Piano Institute is pleased to present a masterclass and performance by Berlin-based piano duo, Sarah and Susan Wang. The event will take place on Sunday, October 28th, 2018, with the masterclass at 2:30 PM followed by a pre-performance reception at 4:30 and concert at 5:00. Please contact Amber Kao (amber@faberinstitute.org) to participate in the masterclass. Both events are free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $15 adults/$5 students & seniors for the evening performance.

    The events will take place at 3042 Creek Drive, Ann Arbor MI, 48108. Tel: 734-975-1995

    Concert Program:
    W.A. Mozart: Two Piano Sonata K. 448
    F. Mendelssohn: Andante and Allegro Op. 92
    Sven Daigger: “su”
    M. Ravel: La Valse

    About the Artists:
    Taiwanese-American twin sisters Susan and Sarah Wang are an internationally renowned piano-duo team. They are prize winners in the 2010 ARD International Two Piano Competition in Munich and the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition 2008. Originally from the New York City area and alumnae of the University of Michigan, they have appeared in numerous concert halls throughout the United States as well as in Europe. In 2012 the sisters released their debut album “American Crossings”. Currently the sisters are living in Germany and actively performing world-wide as a piano duo as well as teaching and performing in collaborative projects.

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Gary Pedersen

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Gary Pedersen

    Thursday, November 15th, 2018

    Music and war: how Steinway played into WWII

    The Victory Vertical Piano Project tells, in words and music, an amazing and little- known story about the pianos built for the military during WWII. Mr. Pedersen will use descriptive vignettes accompanied by piano music in many styles to bring to life a remarkable account of courage, solidarity and the power of music.

    Gary Pedersen, Professor of Piano at Eastern Michigan University and immediate past President of the Michigan Music Teachers Association

    Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Joseph Gascho

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Joseph Gascho

    Thursday, January 17th, 2019

    The Study and Composition of Keyboard Transcriptions as Pedagogical Tools

    Building on the foundation set by Bach, Liszt, and Busoni, students can transcribe pieces of their own choice, learning first-hand about the characteristics of the piano and finding creative solutions to the problems of adapting music from other voices or instruments to their own.

    Joseph Gascho, Assistant Professor of Harpsichord and Early Music at UM School of Music Theater and Dance.

    Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Arthur Greene

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Arthur Greene

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019

    Mozart and the Modern Piano

    Is there any way we can recreate the vitality and emotional impact that Mozart’s music must have had when first heard, now that we have heard everything else in between? This talk will search for ways, using an instrument Mozart never imagined, that students can move towards evoking the feelings his music might have elicited in the original listeners, and to explore the boundaries of integrity and sincerity in performance.

    Arthur Greene is Professor of Piano at UM School of Music Theater and Dance.

    Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Anthony Bonamici

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Anthony Bonamici

    Thursday, April 18th, 2019

    The Beginning of Beethoven’s Stylistic Changes

    Mr. Bonamici will perform and present an analysis of Beethoven’s Opus 7, the “Grand Sonata.”  In Op. 7, Beethoven, still under the heavy influences of Haydn and Mozart, begins to explore new compositional techniques which will become more prominent in his later sonatas.

    Anthony Bonamici, pianist and past professor at Russian State Pedagogical University

     

    Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.