Piano 4-Hands

July 22 – 26, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Led by Susan Dedell and Bruce Griffin
Tuition: $250

Registration deadline May 31, 2024

Experience the magic of playing piano-4 hand music!

Master teachers Bruce Griffin and Susan Dedell will lead a week-long morning workshop running from Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26. Participants will be paired with a partner of similar musical experience, but established pairs of players are also welcome. Repertoire for the week will be provided at least 5 weeks prior to the workshop and will be selected from a wide range of music and geared for each ensemble’s enjoyment and growth. There will be individual coaching sessions daily for each ensemble, group classes, and — of course — time for practice! A healthy snack will be provided during the mid-morning break.

Cost for the week is $250. Financial aid is available.

“It was an extraordinary experience for me to participate in the four hands workshop. I discovered how much more comfortable I was playing with another person, and learned so much about sensitive listening and active collaboration. Susan and Bruce were both positive and affirming, and provided wonderful constructive feedback.” M.D.B.

Susan Dedell is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied piano with Charles Fisher and Gyorgy Sandor. Upon graduation, Susan joined the University Music School as a staff accompanist, and was highly in demand as recital and masterclass pianist. Susan joined the piano faculty of the Brattleboro Music Center in 1983. She became Director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir in 1989, and served in that position until 2018. She directed the Marlboro College Chorus from 1994 – 2002 and was founder/director of the Bach Festival Children’s Chorus as well as the VT Repertory Singers. A long-time church musician, Susan was director of music at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church from 1991-2022.

Bruce Griffin, a Vermont native, received his formal musical training at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Walter Hautzig and Leon Fleisher.  In 1985, he gave his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Bernard Holland of the New York Times described Bruce as “serious and imaginative”, a pianist of “unusual warmth and virtuosity” who exhibited an “exceptional feel for melody’s magnetic pull.”  Bruce has appeared at solo recitals and chamber music programs throughout the country as well as soloed with the Vermont Symphony and Tacoma Symphony orchestras. He is a member of the Leschetizky Association of New York and has been a member of the BMC faculty since 1990.

BMC Bravo Society

We are pleased to honor the following for their help during this past season:
Karen Becker, Crager Boardman, Deb Bunker, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Cathie Creed, Rebecca Curzon, Becky Day, Bill Dixon, Kim Effron, Phil Feidelseit, Lotte Gannon-Kurowski, Greg Goodman, Marta Gossage, Bill Gottesman, Rebecca Greene-Cramer, Freddie Hart, Jenelle Harvey, Kimi Hasegawa, Cal Heile, Richard Henke, Frances Herbert, Lynn Herzog, Jenny Holan, Jon Joyce, Susan Kunhardt, Lerna, Meg Lyons, Joe Madison, Joanne McLellan, Helen Merena, Raquel Moreno, Kris Outwater, Kaylina Phoenix, Antje Ruppert, Perrin Scott, Betsy Whittaker, Pete Wilson, Tom Yahner and Louise Zak.

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

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