2018 Summer Symposium at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon



July 29 – August 4, 2018

The Golandsky Institute’s annual Summer Symposium takes place at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. It features lectures, master classes, concerts, technique clinics, and other presentations by 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. This year, the program is open to participants 18 years old and above. The 5-day Symposium includes:

  • 3 private lessons
  • 3 supervised practice times in addition to private lessons for first-time participants
  • 3 interactive technique clinics
  • For participants with previous exposure to the Taubman Approach, breakout groups offer additional hands-on experience in conjunction with lectures
  • Master classes
  • Presentations by John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, Mary Moran, Deborah Cleaver, and Elizabeth Swarthout
  • 5 evening concerts by world-class artists performing in the Portland Piano International Summer Festival

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 extraordinarily warm and friendly atmosphere. Many participants come back to the Golandsky Institute’s Summer Symposium year after to refine their skills and deepen their knowledge. 


We will enjoy the idyllic campus of Lewis & Clark College for this summer’s Symposium. There are no hotels within walking distance, so participants from out of town will want to stay in the campus dorms. For resident participants, tuition includes three private half-hour lessons, interactive technique clinics, daily lectures, master classes, practice time, and admission to all Symposium presentations and all Festival concerts. The tuition also includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Lewis & Clark’s dining facilities.

Participation this summer will be limited by dormitory space, so register early to guarantee your place!

Commuting participants will need to furnish their own transportation to campus. Tuition for commuters includes daily lunch plus everything listed above except dormitory accommodations and breakfast and dinner. There is an option for commuters to purchase a daily dinner for $85. This option must be taken for the entire length of the Symposium.

Resident participant fee: $1,300
Commuting participant fee: $1,025



This year's arrival day is Sunday, July 29 and the first instructional day is Monday, July 30. The Symposium is a 5-day event this year and will end on Saturday, August 4.​

Arrival: Participants may check in after 2 PM on Sunday, July 29, 2018. There will be an orientation meeting that evening.

Symposium starts: Monday morning, July 30, 2018.

Symposium ends: Friday evening, August 3, 2018.

Departure: Participants will depart by 11 am on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Program is subject to change without notice. 

This event is not endorsed or sponsored by Lewis & Clark.


Resident participant: $1,300

Resident participants receive dormitory accommodations, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Lewis & Clark’s dining facilities.

Commuter participant: $1,025

Commuter participants receive daily lunch. They do not get dormitory accommodations and breakfast and dinner. There is an option for commuters to purchase a daily dinner for $85. This option must be taken for the entire length of the Symposium.


Here's what will happen as the Symposium begins:

Dinner will be served on Sunday evening from 5:00 to 6:30. 

There will be an orientation meeting in Evans Auditorium at 7:15 for all participants, including commuters. It is important to check in to the Symposium so that you can pick up your personalized daily schedule.

Aside from private lessons, the first group events are the lectures at 10:00 on Monday morning.



For inquiries and questions about the Symposium and Festival, you may email us at

symposium@golandskyinstitute.org before and during the Symposium.



We will be sending out updates by email closer to the time of the Symposium. We will also be posting more detailed information on our website about event locations and program content as it becomes available. Please make sure that your spam controls do not prevent our emails from reaching you. If you have supplied us with an email address, we expect any communication sent to that address to reach you.



Because so much advance planning goes into our Summer Symposium, we must ask all participants to notify us in writing in the event of cancellation and to abide by the following terms of our Cancellation Policy, which is strictly enforced:

a) The deposit of $500 is refundable upon request until May 15. After this date the deposit is not refundable.

b) Refunds on cancellation requests received between May 15 and July 15 shall be honored at 50% of the program cost.

c) No refunds shall be granted for participants whose written request is received after July 15. In cases of illness or injury substantiated with a medical certificate, $1,000 shall be retained by the Institute, with the participant entitled to apply $500 of this amount toward the next summer symposium.

d) Participants who register and are unable to attend for any reason may send a substitute participant provided the Institute receives prior notice.

e) Participants who leave the program early are not entitled to a refund.



The fee for resident participants includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Lewis & Clark’s dining facilities. The fee for commuting participants includes daily lunch. Dinner in the College’s dining hall for the entire length of Symposium is also available to commuters for $85. Because we must inform the University how many people intend to have dinner prior to our arrival, this option will not be available after July 10.

Meals will be provided for Symposium participants from dinner on the arrival day, July 29, through breakfast on the departure day, August 4.



Arrival: Participants may check in after 2 PM on Sunday, July 29. There will be an orientation meeting that evening.

The Symposium starts Monday morning, July 30.

The Symposium ends Friday evening, August 3.

Departure: Participants will depart by 11 am on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Please organize your travel arrangements accordingly.



Check-in for Symposium participants residing on campus will begin at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 29. The location for check-in will be announced closer to the time of the Symposium, and updated information will be available in this document when it comes to us from the College. Rooms will not be ready for occupancy until 2:00 PM. If you are arriving earlier than this or later than 7:00 PM, you must contact the Institute in advance to make special arrangements.

Registrants checking in should either drive or have their shuttle or other transportation let them off at Gate 6, which is right by our cluster of dorms. There will be signage directing people to the dorms. The check-in will be in Tamarack Lounge, which is right between our buildings. Parking is available in close proximity to the dorms for those with cars.

Thereafter, commuters should enter by Gate 2 and drive down the hill to Evans Music Center. They can park very close to it. All of our activities will be in one building.​ 


When you arrive, please call the GSA (Guest Service Agent) phone at 971-563-8113.  Your GSA will meet you at the Concierge Desk in the Templeton Building, deliver your room keys, and take you to your residence hall.

While you are staying at Lewis & Clark, your GSA will be your first point of contact should you have questions. They are available 24/7. 



Our first event will be a short orientation meeting after dinner on Sunday, July 29 for all participants.

Commuting participants are encouraged to come to the orientation meeting as well.



When you arrive you, will receive housing information, a campus map, a complete calendar for the Symposium and Festival, and a personal daily schedule including practice times and locations.

Any information packets not picked up at registration on Sunday will be the GSA (Guest Service Agent) on call.



If you attended the Summer Symposium at Princeton in the past, you already have a current example booklet and should bring it back with you. The Institute will supply booklets free of charge for new participants. Returning participants will be able to purchase a replacement copy of the booklet for $25 if supplies permit.



All participants will be assigned technique clinics devoted to solving passage problems. The clinics are interactive and we invite you to bring any passage issues for discussion.

Returning participants will attend sessions that spotlight particular excerpts from the repertoire. Following the discussion, there will be interactive break-out groups where participants get hands-on attention from faculty members.

Support group sessions will also be available for participants. The group helps challenge the notion that physical limitations, injuries, and pain result from individual defects or failings. The group is able to tap into the vast experience of its members to show how universal these feelings are and to provide strategies for moving ahead and retraining.



For a campus map, see page 25 in the Lewis & Clark Visitor’s Guide: http://www.lclark.edu/live/files/23833-visitor-guide-for-conference-and-youth-camp-groups  



Participants can connect their devices to the College’s wireless Internet service, designed for visitors, free of charge.



Dormitory space is limited this summer, so you will want to register early to be sure of being assigned a room. Some of the dorms will have showers and restrooms on the hall rather than in the rooms.

Each sleeping room has a bed, nightstand, desk, chair, bureau, closet (no hangers provided), and fixed overhead light (no desk lamp provided).



Keys not returned will be charged a rate of $150 per lost key. Building swipe cards do not need to be returned upon departure. However, if a guest loses their swipe card and requires a new one during their stay, a replacement fee of $5 will be charged.



Cooking is limited to warming up food in microwaves, if available in residences’ kitchenettes. Kitchen cookware, plates, and utensils are not provided. The use of hotplates is not permitted in the dorm rooms.



Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Hospital, located 5.2 miles from the College at 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR is available for emergency care. Zoom Care Immediate Medical Care, located 3 miles from the College at 111 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR is available for non-life-threatening illness or injury. Participants are responsible for their own transportation as well as all applicable fees for services received.



Both a pool and gym are available free of charge to Symposium participants. See the L&C Visitor Guide, page 23 for more information: http://www.lclark.edu/live/files/23833-visitor-guide-for-conference-and-youth-camp-groups



Lewis & Clark will provide a linen packet for the dorm rooms. If you need additional bed or bath linens, feel free to bring your own.



Participants have the ability to do their laundry for free in the residential laundry rooms.



We have some participants with allergies and asthma. Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne, as these may cause problems for others.



Cell phone

Coat hangers

Extension cord

Desk or reading lamp (halogen lamps are prohibited!)

Shower soap and hand soap (not furnished by Lewis & Clark)


Comfortable shoes for walking


Bathing suit



Smoking is prohibited within all College buildings.

Burning candles, incense, etc. is prohibited in all rooms and residences.

The unlawful use, abuse, sale, purchase, transfer, possession, manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of alcohol is prohibited.

The service of alcohol to or consumption by any person under the age of 21 is prohibited.

The use, sale, purchase, transfer, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensing of drugs is prohibited.

Animals are not allowed in any campus building with the exception of guide or service dogs.



Golf Carts

Lewis & Clark does not provide golf carts, nor do they rent them. If participants rent golf carts, they should notify the College at least (30) days in advance with the following information: Name of rental company, date golf cart will arrive on campus, date golf cart will be picked-up from campus. Carts are dropped off and picked up at the Campus Safety Information Lot, Gate #3

Resident Parking

Participants with cars should park next to their Residence Halls in the Forest Lot. (See the link to the campus map.)

Commuter Parking

Day parking is available without a parking permit. Guests may park in any lot or parking stall that is not specifically reserved with a sign or license plate number.

On August 4th, the Fir Acres Parking Lot will be unavailable.



There are no hotels within walking distance of the campus. If you choose to arrange off-campus housing on your own, you will need to register as a commuting participant and provide your own transportation.

A list of hotels is provided on the L&C website at this link:  http://www.lclark.edu/visit/places_to_stay/



Participants should plan to fly into the Portland airport (PDX).

For information about getting from PDX to the Lewis & Clark campus, see the Summer Conferences and Youth Planning Manual pages 66 - 70 here

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