56th Annual Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival

56th Annual Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival

The 2019 Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival will be held...

Opening Concert: Friday, April 5
Special evening concert with guest perfomer Kyra Xuerong Zhao!
7:00 pm
Nahigian Hall, First Armenian Church, 380 Concord Avenue, Belmont

Festival: Saturday, April 6 - Sunday, April 7
Concert times at 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30 pm
(Students will be placed based on age, level, and if there are any siblings. Evening 7:30 pm concerts reserved for advanced students.)
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA

This program is supported in part by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Festivals Grant. Thank you, MCC!


Concert Tickets:

Powers teachers / Registered Powers families:
If your student is participating in the festival, you'll see a question in the online festival application to reserve a FREE family concert ticket. If your student is not performing in the festival, please call us at 617-484-4696 to reserve your free family ticket.

Non-Powers teachers / Other festival applicants:
If you wish to attend the Friday evening concert and are also paying for a festival application fee, please use the links in the "how to apply" section below to pay for your application fee ($25) and family concert ticket ($15) together.

General public:
Click here to purchase a single admission concert ticket for $15.00.


About the Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival

Now celebrating its 56th year, this weekend-long celebration consists of multiple concerts and performances by students from all over the region.  This festival was the catalyst for the founding of our School in 1964 and has become a tradition for students in grades K-12. Over the years, the festival concerts have celebrated both a student's first performance and the exciting accomplishments of more mature artists. A variety of styles and teaching methods are presented through these performances in a non-competitive manner that stimulates the local music community.

In 2004, it was with great honor that we renamed this long-standing Belmont Piano Festival after Mildred P. Freiberg. Mildred Freiberg was a highly esteemed pianist, educator and mentor to many and was a former Powers Music School Board President and one of the founders of our School.

Thank you to Allston Piano Moving Co., a division of Gentle Giant Moving Co., for their support of this event!


How to Apply:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Received by Monday, March 18, 2019

The Festival is open to solo, piano duo, four-hand, six-hand, and eight-hand ensembles in grades K-12. We highly encourage ensembles!

Teachers: Please review all of the information below with your students and their parents. We have moved the application process online this year! To submit your student's infomation, click the "Submit Application" button below, then completely fill out the form before pressing "Submit." After completing the form, please be sure to pay the application fee, if applicable. 

(We strongly encourage you to apply online to ensure that all of your information is received quickly and accurately. If for some reason you need a paper copy, please call Daniel Acsadi at 617-484-5750.)

Application Fee: The $25 application fee is required for EACH non-Powers performer. There is no fee for any currently registered Powers students or any 2018-2019 Concerto Competition applicants. If all performance slots fill up and we can no longer accept any additional performers, this fee will be returned to you. To pay the application fee, click the "Pay Application Fee" button below, click the Powers logo, click the blue "Add to Cart" button in the pop-up window, click the green "Checkout" button, fill in your contact and card information, then click the green "Place Order" button to finish.

Planning to attend the opening night concert too? Use this link instead to pay for your application fee AND purchase concert admission for your entire family at the same time. The combined app fee/concert ticket cost is $40. Please note: If you have only one child participating in the festival, use the link below - you do not have to pay your fee again above. If you have more than one child participating in the festival and attending the concert, use this button only once to pay for your concert ticket + your first child's application, then use the link above to pay for each additional application fee.

Notification: Teachers will be notified via email of the concert dates and times for their students beginning on Monday, March 26.


Festival Guidelines:

  • Total playing time must not exceed: 5 minutes for beginner students; 7 minutes for intermediate students; and 10 minutes for advanced students. A maximum of 2 pieces of music may be performed. Repertoire should be selected from standard recital pieces. Students may not play selections from method books!
  • Memorization is preferred, but not required. Photocopies of music are not allowed.
  • The application fee is required for EACH performer - $25 for non-Powers students. There is no fee for currently registered Powers students or any 2018 Concerto Competition applicants. If all performance slots fill up and we can no longer accept any additional performers, this fee will be returned to you.
  • Please request a first choice performance date that works best for you and your instructor. Understand that you should be available to accept any assigned time on that date. Performance slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis - Powers cannot grant any requests for specific performance times on the chosen date. No exceptions or changes for extracurricular activities, sporting events or other conflicts.
  • Performers are required to check in no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of their concert. Students who arrive late for the concert may not be able to perform. Performers must stay for the entire concert. Each concert will last approximately 1 hour. The concert will be followed by a reception.
  • As this is a special occasion, please look your best! Appropriate concert attire is required, as follows:
    Ladies: Dress, skirt, or dressy pants with blouse or nice top.
    Gentlemen: Dress pants and button-down shirt with tie. Jackets or suits are appropriate but not required.
    Jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and sandals are not permitted.
  • If you have questions, please contact Dr. Daniel Acsadi, Director of Music, at 617-484-5750.

Performances are coordinated in the fairest manner possible, providing an opportunity for students to enjoy the company of performers from other schools and studios. We will do our very best to keep your students in back-to-back concerts.


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