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Frequently Asked Questions Performance Intensive Program

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What is the repertoire my child needs to prepare and send to audition for the Academy?

The audition video should include a minimum of one Mozart concerto and a contrasting selection of a solo piece as chosen by the student. If your child wishes to be considered for a public performance with the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Carl St. Clair, the concerto should be either Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, K. 414 in A Major or Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25. Students may also wish to be considered for a public performance with Orchestra Santa Monica, under the director of Maestro Roger Kalia. That performance will present Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. If your child wants to be considered for that program as well, he or she should submit it on the audition video along with the selection required for the Pacific Symphony and the solo piece. This would be a 3rd piece.

My child is 9 years old but will be 10 by July 2019. Is he eligible?

Exceptions to the age level are made on a case by case basis, after consultation with the parents and teacher. If the student is mature enough to fit comfortable with students of an older age, and has the required artistic skills, it is possible for a waiver to be granted.

Who are the chaperones that will be with my child and how have they been selected?

Chaperones include three members of the Academy staff. During the residency phase, chaperones include an additional two adult university students. University students are selected and trained by the University of California, Irvine. On the tour, a minimum of one chaperone for every unaccompanied four students will be maintained. University student chaperones live in the dormitory with the students and accompany them on all excursions. 

What is the transportation to and from Los Angeles International Airport to the Academy?

Each child (and accompanying parent, if any) will be met at the Airport and escorted directly to the accommodations (dormitory or hotel) in Irvine. The distance is approximately 50 miles. On return, the child (and parent) will be escorted back to the airport.

Who will handle the VISA applications and paperwork?

You are responsible for obtaining your child’s visa and the application fee. The Academy will assist you in completing and submitting all necessary paperwork. 

I have two children that might be interested in attending. Is there a discount for more than one child?

Yes, we will provide a $500 discount for each additional child.

May I accompany my child to the Academy?

Parents may attend any classes or performances during the College Preparatory Program. All travel, accommodation, and meals are the responsibility of the parent. Further information will be provided to parents interested in accompanying their child during the program.

I want to accompany my child at the Academy. Can my child stay with me instead of at a dormitory?

Yes, but it is not recommended. Part of the experience for the students is living on an American university campus, interacting with other Academy students and with university students and faculty. The Academy will arrange daily transportation services from the dormitory to the Academy. If your child stays off campus with you, you will be responsible for any transportation.

Who are the master class teachers that are participating in the Academy?

Ben Pasternak, Fabio Bidini, and Kevin Kenner are confirmed Master Class Instructors. The biographies for each is on the website. Jean-Yves Thibaudet has tentatively agreed to participate, subject to availability based on festival schedule yet to be determined. In his absence, another similarly renowned performer and teacher will be selected.

What is the repertoire that will be taught at the Academy?

Repertoire will be mostly based on students’ existing repertoire and teachers will work to improve the performance and style that will help to differentiate the student and impress audiences and judges. New repertoire will also be introduced in Academy. To be eligible to perform with the Pacific Symphony and Santa Monica Chamber orchestras, students need to demonstrate competency performing the selected repertoires noted in the application.

Who are the daily instructors and what is their background?

Academy instructors are accomplished and experienced musicians and educators, including faculty members from prestigious American universities and conservatories. Their names and backgrounds are on the Performance Intensive Program Academy instructors webpage.

How will students be selected to perform with the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra?

Six students will be selected based on the audition videos submitted. The final selection will be made by Maestro Carl St. Clair, artistic director and conductor of the Pacific Symphony. This orchestra just returned from a successful tour in China. If your child is interested in being considered for this performance, please make sure you submit the required repertoire at the time of application.

What other American ensembles will be performing with our students?

A second confirmed ensemble is the Orchestra Santa Monica, under the direction of Maestro Roger Kalia. This is a Los Angeles based orchestra and its public concert is tentatively scheduled to be performed  at the Colburn School, Los Angeles. Other ensembles will be added as confirmed.

Will my child’s performances or master classes be video recorded and available to me?

Yes, these videos and photographs will be provided to each student following graduation.

What are the accommodations for my child at the Academy?

Academy students will be housed in their own 16-bedroom dormitory, double occupancy, with a kitchen, large common room with television, sofas and tables, located on the campus of the University of California, Irvine. Chaperones will be accompanying the students throughout the residential program and housed in the dorm with the students.

What are the accommodations for me, if I accompany my child?

The accommodation is at the Hyatt House Irvine, located 2.6 miles from John Wayne Airport Santa Ana (SNA) and 1.7 miles from Orange County Music & Dance, the site of the Steinway Academy. One Bedroom Suites cost $175.00/night. The suite is a large room with full kitchen, separate bedroom and living room, king bed and queen size sofa bed. You have the flexibility to choose the dates of your accommodation there. However, reservations must be made at the time your student, once accepted, enrolls in the Academy.

When is payment due and how do I make my initial deposit and final payment?

Deposit of $2,500 is required to reserve your child’s participation in the Academy and is due by March 15, 2019. The balance is due no later than May 15, 2019. Participants who withdraw prior to May 15, 2019 will receive a partial refund of 50% (only if written notification is received prior to May 15. No refunds will be issued after May 15, 2019. You may use mail a personal check or wire transfer to send the money.  Once accepted into the program, you will receive detailed instructions on how to submit payments.

Is there a certificate for completion of the Academy?

Yes, every graduating student will receive a certificate signed by the Academy Principal and by the Chief Executive Officer of Steinway.

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