Summer at St. Mary's


Professor Jeffrey Silberschlag conducting the Chesapeake Orchestra at the River Concert Series.

Study abroad in Italy

Choir and Orchestra in Alba

You can participate in the Alba Music Festival, two weeks of intensive music making in the north of Italy.



St. Mary’s College of Maryland

August 30 - Sept 2, 2013
(Labor Day Weekend) 
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
St. Mary’s City, Maryland

“The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.”
-Glenn Gould

  Piano Festival by the River (previously known as Piano Fest) is a yearly summer retreat for pianists at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a place to focus completely on the piano in community with other pianists and piano lovers.

Each person who comes to the piano -- and to Piano Festival by the River -- does so by way of an individual path. The variety in these paths is honored and appreciated here; what we all share is a passion for one of the most beautiful and demanding musical instruments in the world, and the extraordinary music that has been composed for it.

At Piano Festival by the River you may meet a young professional pianist, a serious adult amateur with professional pursuits in another field, a talented college or high-school student, a young pianist in the midst of conservatory studies, or a piano teacher. You will get to know our artist faculty, enjoy conversation and exploration with them, and hear them in action, teaching and performing – and learning, too! In addition to two daily master classes, Piano Festival by the River offers private instruction with our master teachers.

We hope that Piano Festival by the River will give you an opportunity to leave other concerns behind for a few days, to recharge and challenge yourself, to be inspired by and to inspire others, to explore in community, to make friendships, and to receive support in your musical journey as you give support to others in theirs.


Eliza Garth, Director

          Eliza Garth Photo  Beverly Babcock Photo  Brian Ganz Photo

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