Sonatina Piano Camps

Answers to our most asked questions

The Sonatas and Intermezzi

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  • What's included in the program fee?

    Your fee includes dormitory-style accommodations (2 to 5 people per room) and three meals per day for the length of the program, as well as a series of private lessons, master classes, workshops and performances. At the end of each session, attendees participate in an afternoon recital which gives them the opportunity to showcase what they have learned during the week. Video recordings of the recital are available afterwards for a small additional fee.

  • How are roommates assigned?

    Participants are grouped by gender, with two to five people per room. Requests for roommate assignments will be honored whenever possible. There is no smoking allowed within the house.

  • I would prefer not to stay in a dormitory environment. Are there other options?

    Most participants find they enjoy the camaraderie and convenience of staying on campus during the program. However, for those who would prefer staying off campus, we can recommend a list of nearby accommodations or the Quiet House for an additional fee. Please call the office if you need more details.

  • How should I plan to dress?

    Dress is casual, so bring comfortable clothes to match the Vermont season. Most participants do dress more formally for the Saturday afternoon recital.

  • How advanced do I have to be?

    As with Summer Sonatina Camp, we welcome participants of all levels to the Sonata and Intermezzo camps. No audition tape is required. Participants will receive private lessons at their individual level. Beginners look forward to being able to interact with more advanced students and usually find they pick up tips and hints that improve their playing. Advanced students often marvel at how quickly the beginners learn. Sonata/Intermezzo is designed to be a non-competitive. Total beginners are also welcome.

  • How many teachers are on staff?

    At least 5 faculty members are on staff for each Sonata camp. Two faculty members are on staff for each Intermezzo.

  • What type of music should I prepare?

    This is entirely up to you. Many of our participants use camp as an opportunity for focused work on pieces they are currently studying. Others bring new pieces they would like to start learning. The range of music extends from the standard Classic repertoire through 20th century music, including jazz, new age, rock, etc. Our staff can also help you find suitable pieces to match your performance level from our extensive music library.

  • What are the meals like?

    Meals are served buffet style. Our gourmet chefs have a reputation for delivering tasty yet nutritious meals, ranging from Cornish Game Hen with Rhubarb Chutney to Grilled Salmon with Tomato Cilantro Salsa and Flank Steak with Wild Mushroom and Peppercorn Wine Sauce, always complemented with a specially prepared dessert creation du jour. Vegetarian alternatives are always available; special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.

  • What recreational options are there?

    Many participants enjoy regular walks through the historic Old Bennington area. Shopping is available in town as well in the surrounding areas, and museum options include the local Bennington Museum as well as the Clark Art Institute in nearby Williamstown, MA. Additional recreational activities are available at a nominal fee through a local country club or fitness center. Yoga, Thai massage and daily excursions round out the program. In the winter, cross country skiing is nearby.

  • How far in advance do I need to register?

    We are pleased that many of our attendees have chosen to return to Sonata/Intermezzo on a regular basis. Therefore, our programs fill up quickly and often are booked several seasons in advance. If your first choice session is filled, you may request to be put on our waiting list. We are often able to accommodate many people from the waiting list as cancellations arise.

  • If I'm placed on a waiting list, what happens to my deposit?

    We will process your deposit only when we have a mutually agreeable Sonata/Intermezzo place for you.

  • What if my schedule changes after I already signed up?

    If you cancel with a minimum of three months notice, your deposit/tuition, less $100 cancellation fee, can be applied to a future Sonata/Intermezzo waiting list of your choice. If you give less than three months notice, your deposit/tuition is forfeited unless we can find a replacement for you at which time you will only be charged the $100 cancellation fee.

  • What additional expenses are there?

    We have a small gift shop with Sonata/Intermezzo brand merchandise, perfect for take-home gifts. A professionally recorded video created from your Friday and Saturday Sonata performances are also available for a small fee (ready within two weeks by Matt Moon). You may also want to bring personal spending money, perhaps to purchase music, photos or for an additional outing above and beyond scheduled events.

  • What's the best way to get there? Will I need a car?

    The closest major airport to Bennington is Albany, NY; participants may also choose to fly into Hartford, CT which is about a 2 hour drive or Boston, MA, which is about a 3 hour drive. Many participants choose to utilize limousine service to/from the Albany airport. To learn about the service, the fees, and make a pick-up arrangement, please call Carmen's Limo Service at 802-442-6050, or Alternative Limo Service at 866-212-5466. It is not necessary to have a car, although some participants prefer to have one to sightsee through the scenic Vermont back roads or shop at regional factory outlets during free time.

  • What should I bring?

    Each participant will receive a list of what to bring, arrival and departure times, and additional helpful information upon acceptance to the program.

  • How many participants attend each camp?

    For the Sonatas, to maintain the personalized Sonata experience, each session is limited to 12 to 24 participants. The Intermezzi are limited to 16 participants.

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