The 17th Annual
Music Festival at Walnut Hill
August 1 - 22, 2008
Welcome to the 17th Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill from August 1
(check in July 31) to August 22 (check out), 2008. With your cooperation, we
will work together to make this music festival the best of its kind. Please
read the information carefully and send the following materials back as soon
as possible to:
Dr. Catherine Tan Chan (Tan Jia-Lin 譚嘉陵)
President, Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
3 Partridge Lane, Lincoln, MA 01773, USA
Tel: 781-259-8195, Fax: 781-259-9147,
MATERIALS TO BE SENT BACK:
1. The completed student data file.
2. The balanced tuition. Online payment with credit card is available at
3. One recent photo for our file. E-photo is acceptable.
I. MUSICAL PROGRAM:
During this music festival, each student will receive private lessons (two
to three hours each week), work shops, chamber ensembles (two to three times
each week with coaching), seminars, and master classes. You should manage
your time effectively for practice and for class preparation in order to
receive the maximum benefit from the lessons. We will attend concerts
including one at the world famous
Tanglewood Music Center, featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra and other
great soloists. We will also visit museums, shopping malls, historical
landmarks, and a Broadway show (depending on availability). Detailed updates
will be posted online at
www.ChinesePerformingArts.net Please check it frequently.
Each student should have at least 4 well-prepared pieces for lessons. This
festival will provide talented students like you with a rare opportunity to
work directly with many world-renowned masters on a one-on-one daily basis.
The better your preparation, the more you will benefit from the program.
Consult with your teachers in selecting the music. BRING THE SCORES
There will be about 12 recitals during the festival, all students are
required to attend and the public is invited. Each student will be asked to
perform in at least one concert. Performing experience is considered to be
part of the training. All string students are required to participate in
Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s rehearsals and performances during our camp.
All classes are open, which means you can sit in at someone else’s private
lessons. With teacher’s permission, you could tape your lessons for your own
reference. However, to respect the privacy of all of us, you should
NOT load the recordings on YouTube. Bring your dictionary to your
lessons if needed. English is the official language used here. Please let us
know if you need a translator for your lessons. If so, we will ask a senior
student to help you at the beginning but we do expect that you will be on
your own after the first week.
Students may dress informally, but should be aware that they may not wear
shorts, halters, tank tops, bathing suits, dirty or torn clothing, or
sleepwear during the day. Students may not wear underwear as outerwear.
Clothing may not contain offensive language or alcohol/tobacco
advertisements. Shoes must be worn at all times.
For audition, master classes, and attending concerts/recitals:
Ladies: Dresses, dress pants (loosely fitted, no shorts, no
jeans, no short hot pants), skirts, blouses, and dress shoes (no slippers,
flip-flops, or sandals.) Wear under slips for dresses or skirts made of
thin, see-through materials.
Men: slacks, dress pants, short or long sleeve shirts, polo shirts,
casual or dress shoes (no slippers, flip-flops, or sandals).
For private lessons and chamber coaching:
Ladies: Dress pants (loosely fitted, no shorts, no jeans, no short
hot pants), skirts, blouses, dresses, and dress shoes (no slippers,
flip-flops, or sandals.) Wear under slips for dress or skirts made of thin,
Men: slacks (no shorts, no jeans, no short pants), polo shirts and
casual shoes (no slippers, flip-flops, or sandals).
For orchestra performers:
Ladies: White blouses or tops (no spaghetti straps or strapless tops)
and loosely fitted black pants or floor length long black skirts (no short
black skirts). Black dress shoes may not be open-toed.
Men: White long-sleeved shirt, black bow tie, black dress pants,
black socks, and black dress shoes. Jackets are not required.
Performing Dress code:
Formal or semi-formal concert dress code for both ladies and gentlemen.
Ladies’ long evening gown should be 2 inches above the floor.
II. SIGHTSEEING AND TOURS:
Students will have the chances to visit some famous attractions such as the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and participate in the Boston Duck Tour as well
as guided tours through MIT, Harvard University, and the New England
Conservatory of Music. We have also arranged times for shopping, Bar-B-Q, a
lobster and steak formal dinner, lunches in Chinatown, among other
attractions. Swimming pool with life guard is open daily on campus.
The average temperatures in the Boston area during the month of August is
about 85°F (29°C). It varies from 95°F (35°C) to 50°F (10°C) throughout the
day. It normally does not rain. The dorm is not air-conditioned. A small
electric fan may be useful.
In addition to regular classes on campus, we will be up in the mountain
region, by the ocean, and visiting museums and shops. The following are some
suggestions about clothing: warm sweater or jacket, sports
wear, swimming suit, sneakers, street clothes, comfortable clothing for
weekly Tai Chi exercises, and formal or semi-formal performing clothes.
For those who are on regular medication, bring it with your
medical records. You may also want to prepare some over-the-counter medicine
for mosquito bites, mild cold or sore throat, and stomach problem. Nurses at
campus health center are available during office hours. Bring your cellular
phone, pre-paid phone card (calling card), camera, tape recorder, and
dictionary. Do not carry a large amounts of cash on trips. Travelers' checks
and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT WALNUT HILL SCHOOL
The Summer Music Festival will take place at Walnut Hill School in Natick,
Massachusetts. The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts has rented the
Walnut Hill School campus for this music festival for eighteen years. Our
program shares the campus with other summer programs (ballet and theater.)
The facilities we will use include Highland Hall along with its practice
rooms, classrooms, and dormitory. In addition, we will use Boswell and
Amelia Recital Halls as well as the 320-seat air-conditioned Keiter Center
for the Performing Arts. The School also offers a dining hall,
air-conditioned campus center, swimming pool, fitness center, and
recreational facilities. The campus is quite large and has many beautiful
lawns and tree-lined areas. It is about 7 minutes walk to Natick train
station and Natick downtown.
Founded in 1893, Walnut Hill is widely regarded as the finest arts secondary
schools in the United States. The School is located in the beautiful town of
Natick, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. During the school-year there are
280 students at Walnut Hill School studying academics and the arts (ballet,
music, theater, visual art, and creative writing). Walnut Hill alumni have
attended colleges including Curtis, Juilliard, Harvard, New England
Conservatory, Princeton, and Yale.
A. Campus Facilities:
Dormitory: We will use Highland as our dormitory
this summer. The first floor of Highland consisted of offices, music
classrooms, Amelia Recital Hall, visual art studios, art gallery, and music
practice rooms. The second and third floors are residential dormitory. The
door to the dormitory section is locked at all times. Always bring your key
with you. There will be a fine of US$80 for lost keys. In general, girls
will stay on the second and third floors and boys will stay on the third
floor. Students will have either a single, double, triple, or quarter room.
Blankets, linen, and pillows are provided. You should bring your own
personal items, such as towels, shampoo, slippers, robes, etc. A small desk
lamp and electric fan are also recommended. No electric blankets are
Lounge: There is a common room located on the second floor of
the dormitory. It has a TV, microwave oven, refrigerator, drinking water,
and an ironing board. It is our responsibility to keep the room neat and
clean. Regular evening meetings are held at 10 PM daily at the first
floor Amelia Recital Hall. For some occasions, the meeting will be held
in the lounge. Chinese-style snacks will be served at each meetings.
All students are required to attend.
Laundry: Washers and dryers are available in the dormitory.
Detergent will be provided.
Snack and Soda Machines are available in the dormitory, the
dinning hall and the student center.
Pay phones are available in the dormitory, the office, the
student center, and in the Dinning Hall. There is no telephone in the
dormitory rooms. Bring your own pre-paid phone card or calling cards and use
your cell phone.
Internet: Highland dorm is wireless during the school year and
the summer. There is a computer lab in the Academic and Technology Center
that we could use during their office hours.
Linen: Extra linen will be provided in the common room.
Students have to change and wash their own.
Swimming Pool: The swimming pool is open from 8 AM to 8 PM
daily. Students are welcome to use it during their free time. Licensed
lifeguards are on duty during pool hours.
Fitness Center: Supervised by licensed personal, the fitness
center equipped with weight-lifting machines and walking machines are
available at certain hours. We are not sure whether we could us it during
Evening Curfew: For security reasons, all buildings, including
practice rooms, Keiter Performing Center, library, and Dinning Hall, will be
locked at 10 PM. There will be two security guards touring the campus 24
hours everyday. They can be reached at 508-397-5759 in case you get locked
out of Highland building. Your key cannot unlock Highland’s outside doors
after 10 PM. All students should be inside the Highland building in the
dormitory section by 11:30 PM. Arrangement may be possible (not sure) if you
need to get into the practice room after 10 PM. Adult presence is required.
All the window shades should be pulled down after dark.
Each room is equipped with a smoke detector. If a fire is seen or suspected,
the building fire alarm will go off and the Natick fire department will
arrive within minutes or the fire alarm box can be pulled to summon help. Do
not touch fire alarm box for fun. Tampering with any of the fire safety
devices and causing a false alarm will result in a $1,000 fine to us by
the Natick Fire Department. No candle, incense, cigarette lighter,
electric blanket, heating coil, hot pot, curling iron, space heater, halogen
lamp, or any other materials which may constitute a fire hazard in any
building is allowed. NO SMOKING, DRUG, and ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON
CAMPUS. It will result in an automatic expulsion from school.
There will be at least one un-announced fire drill during our camp
period, most likely in the late evenings on the first or the second day.
Everyone has to evacuate and leave the building within 100 seconds (less
then 2 minutes).
C. The Meal Times at the Dinning Hall are: (Subject to change)
Breakfast 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
There is no breakfast and lunch on Sundays. Instead, a brunch will be served
from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. One special formal dinner with lobsters and
steaks/chicken will be served during the camp period, normally after Mr.
Russell Sherman’s piano master class and group photo session.
In addition to regular meals, we will serve Chinese style evening
snacks every evening at 10 PM in the Amelia Recital Hall on the
first floor of Highland building.. This is also the time of our daily
meeting for discussion and announcements. Every student must be
The mailing address during the festival period is:
Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
C/o Walnut Hill School
12 Highland Street
Natick, MA 01760, USA
Tel: 508-653-4312, Fax: 508-653-9593
OR: You can always leave message at the office of Foundation for Chinese
Performing Arts. Tel: 781-259-8195, Fax: 781-259-9147, Email:
Incoming and outgoing mail for students will be handled at the school’s
switchboard. Stamps can be purchased at the switchboard also.
1. Cash: Students should not carry large amount of cash on
trips. Travelers' checks and credit card are accepted almost everywhere. For
your convenience we will prepare some quarters for exchange to be used for
the snack vending machines and the washer/dryer.
2. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE CAMPUS WITHOUT THE DIRECTORS'
3. Students on Duty:
There will be two students on duty daily. Their responsibilities include
xeroxing music scores, cleaning up the common room and the small kitchen in
the dormitory, cleaning up the Amelia Recital Hall after evening snack,
helping to set up chairs and tables before recitals and seminars, xeroxing
and distributing concert programs, bringing cookies and drinks from the
kitchen to the concert reception area, posting concert signs around campus,
bringing up lunch boxes to the bus for field trips, and other small
coordination jobs of that day. Every student has to serve about 2 to 3 days
during the camp period.
Family and friends are welcome to the campus. With prior arrangements, they
could stay in the same dormitory and have meals with us in the same Dinning
Hall. The cost will be $70 per person per day for room and board. We only
collect the fee for the school. Admission to off campus concerts, museums,
and cost of meals at restaurants are extra and will be collected on the day
of the trip. Due to space limitation, the priority for accompany parents
will be given to underage students first. Others could stay at a nearby
hotel. The rent and transportation to and from school are the
responsibilities of each individual parents. The meals at school will be $35
per day per person. On campus accompany parents are required to attend daily
evening meetings and follow the general rules regarding dress code, smoking,
5. Energy Conservation:
Students will be reminded consistently that global warming and energy
conservation are important issues. It is our responsibility to recycle and
to save water/electricity as much as possible.
Student Data Form