Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival

Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival

the 2020 Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival Will Be held virtually!

The Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival has long held a special place in our history and in our hearts. This year, we will hold the festival online to continue the tradition of coming together as a music community to celebrate the piano and music education.

2020 Virtual Festival:
Wednesday, April 15 – Sunday, April 19, Live online!

Concert times at 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30 pm
(Some concerts reserved for advanced students.)

All 2020 Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival applicants are eligible to participate in this virtual event. Parents, use the button below to sign your child up by typing his/her name into an available recital slot.

Sign Up for a recital slot

Should previous applicants not wish to participate in the virtual festival, you may choose to have your application fee refunded or marked as a donation. Any tickets previously purchased to the March 27th opening concert will be refunded. We thank you for your patience as we work through the refund process.

Updated Festival Guidelines

  • The Festival is open to solo, piano duo, four-hand, six-hand, and eight-hand ensembles in grades K-12. We highly encourage ensembles!
  • 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. Each movement from a larger work counts as a selection. 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 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.
  • Please request a first choice performance date that works best for you and your instructor. Performance slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 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.
  • As this is a special occasion, please look your best! Appropriate concert attire is encouraged!
  • If you have questions, please contact Dr. Daniel Acsadi, Director of Music, at 617-484-5750.

2020 opening night concert Cancelled

Featuring Powers faculty members Kathryn Rosenbach and Svetlana Krasnova

Kathryn Rosenbach and Svetlana Krasnova

Friday, March 27, 7:00 pm
First Armenian Church, 380 Concord Avenue, Belmont


General admission tickets to the opening concert are $5 per person. Children under 13 and currently registered Powers students and their families receive free admission but must still reserve seats.

Tickets may be purchased by first reserving your seat(s) using the button above, and then paying the $5 ticket fee (if applicable) from the confirmation page.

Reserve & purchase your tickets now!

Performer Bios

Kathryn Rosenbach

Kathryn Rosenbach teaches piano and chamber ensembles at Powers Music School, where she is also a piano accompanist and chair of the Piano Department.

She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from SUNY-Buffalo and an Artist’s Diploma from Accademia Musicale di Chigiana (Italy), and completed doctoral studies at Eastman School of Music. She also completed studies at Chautauqua Institute, SUNY-Fredonia, and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has studied with David Burge, Leo Smit, Guido Agosti, Barbara Lister-Sink and Stephen Manes.

Kathryn has been Artistic Director of Composers in Red Sneakers and is presently the Music Director of First Church in Chestnut Hill. In the chamber music community, she has played with the Janus 21 Chamber Ensemble and the Avatar Ensemble. Her performances include premieres of Nancy Van de Vate, Yehudi Wyner, Lejarin Hiller, and Marlos Nobre.

She is a BMI composer, was a member of the U/B Percussion Ensemble, and participated in the recording of “Music for Six” by Lukas Foss on CRI under the direction of Jan Williams. Kathryn has recorded for BBC, NPR, and PBS, and has been featured in the videos “What Makes Music?” and “Explorations and Transformations.” In 2016, she released 2 solo CDs – “Exploring the Fantasy” and “Sights and Sounds of French Impressionism”. In the Fall of 2019, Kathryn released her 3rd CD – “Music of the Masters”. This CD includes works by Beethoven, Chopin and Kathryn’s piano transcription of Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.

In addition to Powers, she has taught at Community Music School of Buffalo, SUNY-Buffalo, Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, Longy School of Music, and Simmons College.

For more information about Kathryn, please visit

Svetlana Krasnova

Svetlana Krasnova received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance and D.M.A. degree in collaborative piano from the Gnesin Academy of Music (Moscow, Russia).

Ms. Krasnova has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Russia, Italy, Canada and the United States. While living in New York, Ms. Krasnova appeared in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and she was active as a collaborative pianist in Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. She participated as a collaborative artist in a number of music festivals including Weathershield Music Festival (Vermont) and Rome Opera Festival (Italy). As a member of a piano trio, Mrs. Krasnova performed in Ottawa (Canada). She performed as a guest artist in chamber music recitals at Kansas University at Lawrence, Minnesota School of Music, Roosevelt University, Chopin Festival (Chicago), De Paul University and Curtis Institute of Music.

Ms. Krasnova recently taught at the College of Du Page, while performing various recitals in the Chicago area, and began teaching in the Boston area in 2015.

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About the Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival

Now celebrating its 57th 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.