Young Artists Seminar

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Event Locations – First Baptist Church of Clayton, The Women’s Club of Clayton Clubhouse and Bethesda Baptist Church

Clayton Piano Festival hosts an intensive, day-long piano performance seminar designed to present students with the opportunity to hone their skills and deepen their understanding of the art of piano performance.  The students will benefit from a multi-angled program including a masterclass providing practical insight into performance related issues, a detailed lecture-discussion of the physical aspects of playing, and a closer look at some of the great recording artists from the so called Golden Age of piano playing and what made their performances special.  The program will conclude with a closing recital hosted by festival artist Angelo Rondello giving students a chance to gain valuable performance experience in an open and friendly setting.  These activities will provide the occasion for participants to interact with, learn from, and potentially be inspired by the guest artists in an informal, intimate environment.  All events are free and open to the public.

Angelo chats with students and teachers before class.


11:00-1:00 pm – Masterclass – presented by Margaret Evans – First Baptist Church of Clayton

Students will learn to improve their own performances through the expertise of Meredith College professor Margaret Evans.

1:00-2:00 pm – Lunch – Lunch will be provided on location for Seminar students and teachers.

2:00-3:30 pm – Principles of Technique – presented by Angelo Rondello – The Women’s Club of Clayton Clubhouse

A discussion of the core elements of physical, musical, and expressive technique at the keyboard. A Q&A session will follow.

3:30-4:00 pm – Break

4:00-5:30 pm – Masters of the Keyboard – presented by Jonathan Levin – The Women’s Club of Clayton Clubhouse

Through listening to landmark recordings by Cortot, Rachmaninov, Horowitz, and others, the class will analyze what made these performers great.

7:00 pm Closing Concert – hosted by Angelo Rondello – Bethesda Baptist Church

Festival participants will perform in a lecture-concert hosted by Mr. Rondello.  Concert is free and open to the public.


Seminar Eligibility and Regulations

  • All are welcome to apply from early advanced level and up, pre-college and college students alike.
  • All repertoire for both the masterclass and recital must be prepared from memory.
  • We are pleased to offer the 2013 Young Artists Seminar free of charge for students, only the $25 application fee applies to cover expenses.
  • Due to time constraints, there is a five person limit for those wishing to perform in the masterclass.  Students will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.  Apply now to reserve your spot.
  • All will have the opportunity to perform in the closing recital.
  • Transportation to and from all event locations during the seminar can be provided by the festival for those who need it.


Applicants to the Young Artists Seminar should submit the following materials:

1. Short biography for use in print materials. Please include teachers,

achievements, and extra­musical interests.

2. Completed application

3. $25 application fee

The biography and application may be mailed or
emailed.  The application fee must be a check made out to Clayton Piano Festival.

Application deadline: February 4, 2013 (postmarked)

Mailing information:

Ship to:

Clayton Piano Festival
P. O. Box 340
Clayton, NC 27528

Email to:

Download Application:  YAS Application Form

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