PIANO WORKS IN PROGRESS

Immersive Programs for the Adult Pianist

August 18-26, 2024
Accepting up to 16 applications

Vermont For Professionals is a piano retreat. It’s a week of unlimited practicing. Work on your solo repertoire or come as a duo/chamber ensemble and rehearse. Pianists practice at any hour and have exclusive use of a different piano studio each day. Piano studios are free-standing, with no shared walls – you will not hear others, and they will not hear you. Each studio has two grand pianos, and brands include Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Baldwin, among others.

The structured parts of the day are three meals and a repertoire class called Works In Progress. True to its name, each participant plays a “work in progress” every day. Class is held in the performance space, which houses a Steinway D and a Baldwin Concert Grand. Learning happens organically, not from one master teacher but from a group of peers who are at once both students and teachers.

The week concludes with three recitals presented to the local community. Participants are warmly encouraged to perform in two of the three recitals. Repertoire is thoughtfully prepared for recital presentation, but memorization is not required.

About Your Stay

Immerse yourself in country living! The Adamant Music School is surrounded by trees and flowers, grassy meadows and ponds. The main building, Barney Hall, houses the dining hall, bedrooms and a piano studio. Chase House and Henry House each have bedrooms and a piano studio. In addition, there are dozens of piano studios, each with two grand pianos, scattered around the grounds. You may play any time, day or night, without worrying about disturbing your neighbors.

Day excursions to local points of interest can break up intense daily practice: wineries, farms, Cabot Creamery, Bread and Puppet museum, Vermont State House Capitol, Burlington, Lake Champlain, Ben and Jerry’s, hiking and swimming are just a few options. Excursions are arranged by the participants and their guests.




What to Bring

For music, bring the usual – musical scores, a notebook, pencils and a metronome. Instrumentalists, please bring your own music stand. Concert wear for recitals is a matter of individual preference – anything from dressy casual to something more formal.

Sheets, towels and blankets are provided. Bring you toiletries and any other personal items.

The climate can be unpredictable in Vermont so plan for weather that is hot during the day and chilly at night. Be prepared for rain. If you like to swim, there are freshwater ponds nearby. If the need arises, there is a washing machine on campus.

The dining room of Barney Hall is a common space for work or simply to gather. There are two refrigerators to store personal food or drinks. Coffee and tea are available all day. Wifi is available.

How to Get There

Adamant Music School
1241 Haggett Rd.
Adamant, VT 05640

There are several ways to get to Adamant, Vermont:

  1. Car – the drive from New York City to Adamant, VT is approximately 315 miles. Allow 6 hours to drive, which includes a 1/2 hour stop. There are no tolls on these scenic roads, once you leave NYC.
  2. Train – take Amtrak to Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont, and we will pick you up at the station. The ride from New York City to Montpelier is approximately 8 hours, and a train ticket costs approximately $70 (one way), and. The drive from the train station to Adamant is 15 minutes (7.5 miles).
  3. Plane – a flight to Burlington, VT from NYC is one hour and costs approximately $200 (round trip). Rent a car at the airport, or take a taxi,  and drive 45 miles to Adamant, VT.

Daily Schedule

Sunday August 18, 2024

7:00 pm   Campus Tour
8:00 pm   Dinner

Monday August 19

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Snack
5:30
WIP
7:00 Dinner

Tuesday August 20

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Snack
5:30
WIP
7:00 Dinner

Wednesday August 21

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Snack
5:30
WIP
7:00 Dinner

Thursday August 22

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Snack
5:30
WIP
7:00 Dinner

Friday August 23

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Concert #1

8:30 Snacks

Saturday August 24

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Concert #2

8:30 Snacks

Sunday August 25

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:00 Concert #3
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Concert #4

8:30 Snacks

Monday August 19

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Snack
5:30
WIP
7:00 Dinner

Tuesday August 20

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Snack
5:30 WIP
7:00 Dinner

Wednesday August 21

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Snack
5:30 WIP
7:00 Dinner

Thursday August 22

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Snack
5:30
WIP
7:00 Dinner

Friday August 23

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Concert #1

8:30 Snacks

Saturday August 24

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:30 WIP
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Concert #2

8:30 Snacks

Sunday August 25

9:00 Breakfast
11:30 WIP
1:00 Lunch
3:00 Concert #3
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Concert #4

8:30 Snacks

Monday August 26, 2024

9:00 am   Light breakfast

Accommodations and Meals​

Accommodations are simple in each of the three quaint houses: Barney Hall, Henry House and Chase House. Bedrooms line the halls, with shared bathrooms on each floor. Beds are either single or double, and sheets and towels are provided. There are plenty of blankets. Wifi has been upgraded and extends to all of the houses.

Playing good music demands good eating. PWIP Vermont places equal emphasis on having an exceptional food experience as well as a musical one. The kitchen creates a balanced menu, accommodating food intolerances, while celebrating the bounty that is Vermont in late August, with an abundance of regional ingredients sourced from farms, fields and woods.




Bring a Guest​

Your guest (non-participating) is welcome to stay for the duration of your residency at Adamant. Enjoy peaceful, natural surroundings and have the opportunity to plan a workday, a special project or simply keep the day open, joining the group at meals and on day-excursions. Guests share a double room, and meals are included. Wifi is available in Barney Hall.

The fee for your guest is $80/day.