Music Festival at Walnut Hill
Foundation for Chinese
T: 781-259-8195, F: 781-259-9147
July 31 to August 21, 2009 (check in 7/30/2009,
Contact in Taiwan: Mrs. Pi-Chuan
Tel/Fax: 02-2341-7727, Email: PCLai2003@yahoo.com.tw
Schedule of concerts and field
trips: (Subject to Change, class schedules are not listed here)
*Open to public. Students attendance
required with exceptions.
Dear Fellow Students,
(Please share this with your parents and teachers.)
In about two weeks, our music festival will begin. I am excited and
looking forward to welcome you all. With your collaboration, we will
have a great three weeks together. We have 39 students plus one mother
this year, that exceed the dorm space given to us. I am working on the
housing details to make sure you are all safe and comfortable. Other
items that we are working on are: piano rental and tuning, evening
snacks, student data, transportation, field trips, and etc. There will
be last minute adjustments, please be patient and flexible. Thank you.
There are a few reminders that I would like to have your attention:
1. Please bring with you a lot of smile, flexibility, and enthusiasm to
learn, and we will provide plenty of fresh air, best teachers, and good
memories. Please read the “General Information” again and pack light.
2. The official language of this festival is English. Translation will
be provided only if needed. An E-dictionary is useful. However, after
the first 10 days, I will expect you could handle it by yourself. Both
your Chinese and English names will be used by the teachers.
3. This is a three weeks of intensive musical learning, not vacation.
Mr. Nai-Yuan Hu will teach all violin majors the first day July 31 with
20 min each. All other classes will start right away. You do not have
time for adjusting jetlag. You should sleep and rest as much as you
could on the airplane over to reserve energy, you will be busy after
your arrival. The first one or two days may seem long and boring, but it
will soon be changed.
4. Nothing is scheduled for July 30. My assistants and I will be back
and forth from airport and bus/train stations to meet students. After
dinner, we may (to be confirmed) have an informal welcome gathering at
Amelia Hall (at the first floor of Highland dorm.)
5. (depends on the arrival details of all students, we may do this
either on 7/31 or 8/1): Please prepare a 30 seconds self introduction in
English. Unless everyone in the room could speak and understand Chinese,
we will use English. We will also review safety issues, signups for
field trips, students-on-duty, and practice rooms rules at this meeting.
6. Most likely, at the first or second evening (very late), when
everyone is tired and sleeping, we could have an un-announced fire drill
conducted by school security department. Everyone has to leave the dorm
quickly, get outside within 90 seconds with shoes on. The security
guards will stand outside with a stop-watch and do a head count. We have
to pass this test, otherwise, it will be repeated at another
un-announced evening, until we pass it. This is a serious matter please
take a note of it.
7. Walnut Hill School will collect from each of you a $75 key deposit
when you check in. it will be refund to you when you return your key at
8. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are going to
participate in the concerto competition. These students will have piano
lessons on Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major first, and work with my
assistants: Yinfei Wang, Hsiao-Ling Chang, and Haobing Zhu for
So far there are 8 who will participate, and 11 “maybe”:
Yes: Wesley Chu, Peter Chuang-Chuang Fang, David Po-Wei Ger, Qiuning
Huang, Siu-Yu Li, Beth Yan Cheng, Bo Peng, Virginia Si-Min Ouyang.
Maybe: Jessica Yin-Shou Chen,Rosana San-Lan Chen, Sonia Hu, Angelia
Yujie Kang, Lixia Li, Kate Liu, Sunny Yu-Yang Wei, Xiaopei Xu, Cun-Mo
Yin, Haobing Zhu, Judy Chiu-Yi Wu.
Please confirm and we welcome more piano major to participate.
9. Aug 10 is reserved for those who would like to have a solo
performance (in addition to the Gala concerts on Aug 20). There are many
who would like to do so. This is, of course, upon the approval by our
faculty members. Everyone will perform at the Gala concerts on 8/20. All
the new chamber music you are assigned to will be performed as well.
10. Except pianists and composers, everyone (including 1 violin minor)
will join the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s rehearsals and performances.
You could check online at www.Longwoodsymphony.org for more details. The
orchestra scores will be available online soon, you should download and
start practice. Mr. Jonathan McPhee, conductor of Boston Ballet and
Longwood Symphony, is a world renowned master and he has high
expectation from all orchestra members.
11. This is a festival of NO DRUG, NO SMOKING, NO ALCOHOL. Any violation
will result in an immediate expel without any excuse.
12. This is also a camp of environmental/energy conservation conscious.
Please conserve energy, recycle, and do not waste any resources. You
should bring a water bottle that you can refill and use daily.
13. Please read the attached schedule updates, and general information
again and let me know if you have any questions. The daily private
lessons/chamber coaching will be posted and updated daily, with very
short notice. Please be prepared and be flexible. A sample from 2008 is
attached for your reference only.
14. All classrooms are open, you are welcome to sit in and listen to
other students’ lessons. Proper dress code is required.
15. The dorm room assignment, chamber music audition schedule on
Saturday 8/1 will be ready and emailed to you soon. Highland is the dorm
we are staying in this year. It is a nice wooden building over 100 years
old with no elevator and no air-condition. Buildings of that age are
very common in New England. You have to carry your own luggage upstairs,
so be prepared when packing. Pack light and efficiently. Most important,
bring with you a lot of smile and cheerfulness, an open mind and a
desire of willingness to work hard.
16. I have ordered 10 copies, the English original “Piano Pieces” by Mr.
Russell Sherman at $20 each (we paid for your tax and shipping). If you
want to buy one and have his signature after his master class on Aug 16,
you should email me now and reserve one. You could also order your own,
or buy a Chinese edition and ask for his signature.
17. Let me know if you want to be roommate with someone. We cannot
guarantee but will try our best to meet your request. Right now only
Emma Liu asked to share room with Sonia Hu and Kiko Hao.
18. You should bring your own tooth brush, shampoo and etc. If you run
out of the supply, you could get it from local stores easily.
19. There are parents and students in Taiwan who probably could answer
most of your questions regarding campus safety, the neighborhood, and
etc. They are Mrs. Huang (Jean Huang’s mom: 07-2822-628, 02-8211-1409),
Mrs. Lo (Chi-Wei Lo’s mom: 07-726-3365). I am available to answer your
calls. My home is 781-259-8195, cell 617-968-7094.
20. Highland dorm is wireless till 12 midnight. The computer lab at the
Academic and Technology Center is available to us during office hours.
We have iron and ironing board in Highland also. Again please keep
everything nice and clean. Do your share to recycle, save energy and do
not waste any food, water, paper, electricity and etc.
21. The chamber audition schedule for Sat August 1 will be ready soon.
The schedule may have some minor adjustment if the teachers (viola,
flue, cello) want to give you a lesson on the same day. You should play
some piece that is most comfortable with you, but be prepared to play
additional one of different style. Each person has about 5 min. You
should come to Boswell Hall at least 10 min before your turn, have
instrument out of the case, and wait inside. Mr. Lynn Chang and other
teachers are doing chamber grouping now, but will make rearrangement
after the audition.
22. If you also taking piano or violin as minor, you have to be heard at
this audition for your minors. This is an important audition, you should
dress up for it. However, don’t over dress, it is not an on stage
performance. If you are confused, ask me or my assistants and we will
23. Don’t forget to bring your swimming suit and enjoy the nice pool.
Bring something for the bug bites. Gentlemen may want to bring some
short sleeve shirts and polo shirts. T-shirts are not allowed in
concerts, master classes, and formal gatherings. You can NOT have
anything that might consider fire hazard, such as lighter, matches,
iron, rice cooker, and etc.
24. Check online for the best calling cards and bring it with you. There
is one pay phone on the first floor of Highland dorm, and one at the
You can buy Skype credits online and install it into your Skype account.
As long as there is internet access, the program is able to make phone
calls on computers, and the quality is really good. http://www.skype.com
25. I hope you will meet your life-long friends here. You should also
take the advantage to learn as much as you could from our outstanding
faculty members. Their teachings are not just limited in the classrooms,
but also at the dining table, on the bus, or by the swimming pool. I
hope you will learn from all teachers, to accept the challenge exploring
ideas that might be different from your previous experiences.
26. Proper manner in writing emails: You could email me in either
English or Chinese. When email to someone who is older or senior, such
as your teachers or your parents’ friends, uncle/aunt… always address
them properly. You should start your letter as:
Dear Ms. Chambless (or Mrs. Chan, Teacher Tan, Tan lao-shih, Professor
Chen, Mr. Chang,….)
Do not use their first name directly without their permission.
Always end your letter with: Sincerely, Best Regards, Regards….
Remember, this is a letter send to your teachers or senior by internet,
instead of by post office with a stamp. It is not a text message, MSN,
Face book messages to your classmates. It is always more formal in
writing then in verbal conversation. If you are writing in Chinese, the
same rules apply.
It may seem that we have a lot of “rules”. However, this is a short
3-weeks, I hope you could “suffer” through it. Thank you for your
support and understanding, and see you soon. More emails will follow.
Home: 781-259-8195, Cell: 617-968-7094