Enjoy Classes & Talks With Berkshire High Peaks Alumni, Faculty & Guests!

Our first virtual Berkshire High Peaks Festival Reunion runs January 3 - 5, 2021 and YOU are invited! It’s free and open to all - not just for the students. Join us for the following:

Inspired faculty masterclasses

Guidance from two experienced psychiatrists who are also musicians - they will help us to navigate the current crisis in our profession and answer questions;

Experienced speakers will share how they have adapted their skills for the digital age;

Discussion on the art of interpretation;

Perspectives from an opera director who will illustrate how to embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities;

And more! See the schedule below.

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Get Out Your Calendar! BHPF Reunion Schedule

Sunday, January 3

11 a.m. Arnold Cohen, M.D. “The Science of Success—Does Practice Make Perfect?” It’s likely that several attributes fitting together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle come together to make a great perfomer. We will be exploring some of these pieces!

2 p.m. Crystal Manich

Virtual Performance: Classical Music and Practices for the Digital Realm

5 p.m. Yehuda Hanani (Mannes School of Music)

The Art of Interpretation

8 p.m. Alexander Shtarkman (Peabody Conservatory)

Piano Master Class

Monday, January 4

10-11 a.m. International Panel -- Buenos Aires, Berlin, Tel Aviv, New York, Seoul -- Music in the Time of Covid. Diego Fainguersch (first cellist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic), Wayne Foster Smith (professor of chamber music, Hanns Eisler Conservatory Berlin), Chagit Glaser (cello instructor, Thelma Yellin School of the Arts, Tel Aviv), Mikael Darmanie (piano faculty, Stony Brook, NY), Sae Rom Kwon (chair of the music department at Kangnam University, Seoul)

2 p.m. Francis Morris, luthier, “Winter Care for Your String Instrument”

4 p.m. Irina Muresanu (University of Maryland)

Violin Master Class

8 p.m. Yehuda Hanani

Cello Master Class

Tuesday, January 5

11 a.m. Mark Cannon, M. D. “Keep Going –And What Will the New Normal be Anyway: Thoughts from a Psychiatrist-Musician”

Presentation and free discussion of keeping our music, our hopes and our spirits going in such a stressful and uncertain time. The presentation will include thoughts about repertoire choices in sad or stressful times, and will start with performance of a brief piano piece of particular interest in this regard.

4 p.m. Peter Zazofsky (Boston University)

Violin Master Class

8 p.m. Danielle Talamantes and Kerry Wilkerson (Metropolitan Opera and George Mason University)

Master Class for Vocalists (Hop to our YouTube channel to watch Close Encounters With Music’s A Night at the Opera!)

9 p.m.Moonlight Sonatas – Berkshire High Peaks Faculty Performs! A “tapas” menu from past performances of our stellar faculty


Revisit our summer 2020 Berkshire High Peaks Festival. Click the photo to listen to a joyous performance by our Berkshire High Peaks Chorus from July.

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