AFP 2021: The Student Experience

At this time the format of the 2021 Academy is not yet decided: depending on the developing Covid-19 situation the Academy will be virtual, in-person, or both

Now in its fourth year, the Academy of Fortepiano Performance is expanding its offerings in the world of historical pianos. This workshop is a perfect introduction for pianists and string players who have an interest in playing early instruments, as well as an intensive study opportunity for experienced students of period performance practice. Led by renowned performers and specialists, students will participate in lessons, master classes, and workshops supported by plentiful access to pianos from the 18th and 19th century or their modern replicas. Instruction will address technique, stylistically informed interpretation of classical and early-Romantic repertoire, and piano construction and maintenance. In addition, several lectures  and demonstrations will highlight a variety of performance practice topics. Daily individual instrumental lessons are complemented by chamber music rehearsals and coachings, and the week's study culminates in a final student concert in Weisberg Hall. 


Hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum in Hunter, NY, this unique academy benefits from a gorgeous natural setting, convenient and comfortable lodging and meals, and a beautiful and intimate concert hall, which will be the setting for faculty and student performances.


The Academy is open to college and conservatory students, professionals, and adult amateurs. Advanced high school students are welcome with a parent or chaperone. Auditors are also welcome for all events for a daily fee.   

Academy 2021 highlights include the addition of an original 1825 grand piano by Conrad Graf, the perfect piano for Romantic repertoire, as well as masterclasses and a recital by the highly acclaimed performer and teacher Pierre Goy 

To Apply

The 2021 Academy of Fortepiano Performance will take place August, 2021

Apply Here 

Applications are due June 15, 2021. If offered placement, full tuition is required before July 1, 2021.



Attendance Costs Resident Students:

$ 1,250  (includes tuition, room, and board and all events)  


Attendance Costs Day Students:

$500 (tuition and all events)


Auditor’s Fee:


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