The Club has funds to support master classes and chamber music coaching sessions, and offers these activities at the initiative of member committees. Currently, the Piano Master Class Committee organizes two events each year, featuring artists such as Brian Ganz, Ann Schein, John O’Conor, Ann Koscielny, and Aiko Onishi. Similar events for strings and voice have been held in the past. Members interested in organizing them in future should alert the President and Finance Director and submit a proposal and budget, preferably during the spring budget planning period. The Piano Master Class Committee (listed in the Yearbook) can provide advice on how to proceed.
Master classes are conducted by nationally and internationally known teachers, who critique the performance of Club musicians selected by the Master Class Committee. Attendance is open to Club members and their guests—the broader public is invited only when venue size permits—and the events provide useful insights for performers and audience alike. Admission is free, but donations at the door and through the Club’s annual fund-raising drive are welcome and necessary to ensure the continuation of the program.
Coaching for chamber ensembles preparing for performance was offered in the past through a grant from the Amateur Chamber Music Performers, which split the coaching fee with the Club. Members interested in organizing a coaching program should contact the President and Finance Director.
2018 Master Classes
Two internationally renowned pianists/pedagogues will present master classes for FMMC this spring. The first master class will take place Thursday, March 8, with Santiago Rodriguez, and the second on Thursday, April 12, with Alan Chow. Both sessions will take place from 10:00 am until noon at the International Piano Archives located in the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland. There is no charge for these events. Solo pianists who wish to perform should contact Dina Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.