2015 Summer Symposium


July 11 - July 19, 2015

Registration will open February 2015

2015 Summer Symposium

JULY 11-19, 2015

At the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton, participants will attend lectures, master classes, technique clinics, and other presentations by Edna Golandsky and the Institute’s expert faculty, all of whom have undergone years of rigorous training to qualify as teachers of the Taubman Approach. The performers and pedagogues of the Golandsky Institute’s faculty work with pianists of all levels - professional, student, and amateur.

  • Private Lessons
  • Supervised Practice Time
  • Master Classes
  • Interactive Technique Clinics
  • Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Distinguished Guest Presenter Series
  • Evening concerts

The Summer Symposium attracts participants from all over the world - Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Canada, South and Central America, and from two dozen U.S. states. First-time participants are made to feel at home right away by the extraodinarily warm and friendly atmosphere. Many participants come back to the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium year after year to learn from the Institute's faculty how the Taubman Approach can be used to accurately diagnose problems and determine their solutions.


For resident participants, tuition includes four private half-hour lessons, interactive technique clinics, daily lectures, master classes, practice time, and admission to all Symposium presentations and all Festival concerts. Resident participants will enjoy air-conditioned rooms in Princeton University dormitories. Most rooms are private with a shared bathroom between every two rooms. Depending on room availability, some participants may be housed in suites of four private rooms that share a bathroom.

For commuting participants, tuition includes everything listed above except dormitory accommodations.

Arrival: Saturday, July 11, 2015. Participants register from 2:00 - 7:00 PM. There is an orientation meeting that evening.

Symposium starts: Sunday, July 12, 2015.

Symposium ends: The program will end after the concert on Saturday evening, July 18, 2015.

Departure: Participants will depart by noon on Sunday morning, July 19, 2015.

Program is subject to change without notice.

At registration you will be assigned a teacher, with whom you will have scheduled lessons. If you have had no prior experience with the Taubman Approach, a practice assistant will be assigned to help you apply during practice time what you learn at lessons.

8:00 AM

Breakfast with friends and colleagues, practice time.

10:00 AM

A lecture appropriate to your level.


For participants who are new to the Taubman work, there will be a presentation of the basic elements of the technique with explanations and demonstrations about how each element works.


For participants who have had prior exposure to the Taubman Approach, the lectures will focus on how the elements of the basic technique are integrated in order to promote ease of execution for passagework.


For participants enrolled in the Professional Training Program, interactive presentations will deepen the understanding of complex technical and musical issues in specific passages from the repertoire.


Lunch with friends and colleagues in Princeton University dining hall.

1:00 PM

Most of the master classes, presentations, and panel discussions are scheduled between 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

5:30 PM

Practice time, dinner with friends and colleagues.

8:00 PM

Attend a concert at the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival (every evening except Wednesday).

9:30 PM

Reception following performance.

10:00 PM

Practice time, relax with friends and colleagues.

Most evenings throughout the week of the Summer Symposium, the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival features performances by a roster of brilliant musicians from around the world. Symposium participants have the opportunty to encounter the works of great composers and to deepen their understanding of the art of piano playing.

Tickets are also sold separately to community members wishing to attend the Festival and not the Symposium.

Artists to be announced in February 2015.

Sunday, July 12 8:00 PM

Artists to be announced in February 2015.

Monday, July 13 8:00 PM

Artists to be announced in February 2015.

Tuesday, July 14 8:00 PM

Artists to be announced in February 2015.

Wednesday, July 15

No concert this evening.

Thursday, July 16 8:00 PM

Artists to be announced in February 2015.

Friday, July 17 8:00 PM

Artists to be announced in February 2015.

Saturday, July 18 8:00 PM

Artists to be announced in February 2015.


Driving Directions to Princeton University

Map of Princeton University


Learn more about our Strings Program at the Summer Symposium.


By registering for the Symposium, participants grant permission to the Golandsky Institute to use any photograph or video containing their likeness. Such images may be used for promotional, news, research, or educational purposes.

Participants also agree not to record any part of the Summer Symposium (except for their private lessons) or International Piano Festival. Further, participants agree that any such recording will be used for personal reference only and may not be shared except with the written permission of the teacher.


Call toll-free in the US: 1-877-343-3434
Call or fax: 212-875-0034

Email: symposium@golandskyinstitute.org

Please submit items through the post by regular mail (not special delivery) to the address below:

The Golandsky Institute
Summer Symposium 2015
Park West Finance Station
P O Box 20726
New York, NY 10025

Presentations, Lectures & Master Classes

2014 Summer Symposium Impressions

Our Summer Symposium is always an enriching experience for so many musicians! Check out the photos below to see for yourself. Click each photo to enlarge and view the description.

  • Edna Golandsky presents a lecture
  • Professional Training Program Participants
  • Our co-founder Mary Moran presents a lecture
  • Edna Golandsky coaches a student
  • An arched portico on campus
  • Students enter Taplin Auditorium for International Piano Festival concerts
  • Resident participants stay in beautiful dormitories on campus
  • Town of Princeton
  • Participants have easy walking access to explore the town of Princeton
  • Inspiring architecture provides a serene setting to study music
  • Beautiful gardens on campus
  • Former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's home on campus
  • Participants at a lecture
  • Intense learning of the Taubman Approach
  • All ages attend the Summer Symposium
  • Master classes presented on screens for multi-angle viewing
  • This participant flew in from Singapore for the Summer Symposium
  • This participant flew in from Argentina for the Summer Symposium
  • A participant carefully studying a score
  • Robert Durso lectures at the 2014 Summer Symposium
  • Our dedicated media production film crew record the lectures and master classes for purchase on our online store
  • Studying carefully
  • Our corporate sponsor YAMAHA provides pianos at the Summer Symposium