The Multiple Piano Festival is an annual local concert sponsored by the Boulder Area Music Teachers Association. This year was the 32nd year the concert has been given. I completely love this concert for a number of reasons:
- About twenty local teachers work together on this event
- Piano students are given the opportunity to play in ensemble with a large group, which is very rare for pianists
- Students make music together, not playing solo in competition with each other, but working together
- The duet music is so well-chosen – music from all time periods; varied genres; some well-known, some new; some trios or even quartet music at one piano
- The concert is a real show – students announce the pieces in a fun and engaging way, sometimes props are used, sometimes the conductors will direct with different types of batons (wands for Harry Potter pieces, light saber for Star Wars pieces)
- Students learn to play with a conductor and listen to the group
- Students must audition – a good skill for musicians to develop
Here are some happy and excited young musicians ready for the concert to begin:
The stage was so beautiful – the back lights changed colors with each piece:
Each group ended their piece with a bow:
Participating students may submit original artwork for the cover and back cover. My student won runner-up and was featured on the back cover!
I had fourteen students participate this year:
Me and my daughters!
What a fun and exciting concert to kick off the holiday season! You can read my posts about previous years in the Multiple Piano Festival here: