Important Information for 2017 Summer Symposium Participants


For inquiries and questions about the Symposium and Festival, you may email us at or call toll-free 1-877-343-3434 (US only) 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 April 15. After this date the deposit is not refundable.

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

c) No refunds shall be granted for participants whose written request is received after June 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 includes daily lunch for both resident and commuting participants in Princeton University’s dining facilities. Breakfast in one of the University’s dining halls for the eight days of the Symposium may be purchased for an additional $75 when you make your final payment for the Symposium. Because we must inform the University how many people intend to have breakfast prior to our arrival, this option will not be available after July 1. Dinner is not included in the fee, and participants may not use the dining hall for the evening meal. Participants will receive detailed information on local cafes, restaurants and University food services that are within easy walking distance of the Symposium and Festival sites.


The arrival date is Sunday, July 9. There will be a short orientation meeting that evening. The Symposium starts the following morning.

The departure date is Sunday, July 16. The program will end with the concert on the previous Saturday evening. Plan to depart by noon on Sunday. You will not be able to occupy your dorm room after this time (no exceptions will be made). Please organize your travel arrangements accordingly.


Check-in for Symposium participants residing on campus will be between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM Sunday, July 9.

If you are arriving on campus by train, we will provide a shuttle service from the train station to the dorm between the hours of 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. We cannot provide this service if you arrive at another time.

Rooms will not be ready for occupancy until 2:00 PM. If you are arriving earlier or later, you must contact the Institute in advance to make special arrangements.


People who arrive after the scheduled arrival hours should go to the Office of Public Safety (Campus Security), located at 200 Elm Drive, to retrieve their room keys. For a map, visit

The telephone number for the Office of Public Safety is 609-258-1000.


Our first event will be a short orientation meeting at 7:00 PM on Sunday, July 9 for all participants.

Commuting participants are encouraged to come on July 9 as well. You will be able to obtain your information packet, a parking permit, and access cards to the buildings we use.


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

Any information packets not picked up at registration on Sunday will be at McCormick Auditorium before 10:00 AM on Monday morning.


Until 2005, we supplied booklets of musical examples to all participants. If you attended the Symposium in the years from 2005 through 2014, you already have a current example booklet and will be expected to 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.


Participants will be able to choose whether to attend technique clinics devoted to solving passage problems in the traditional literature or technique clinics devoted to solving problems in the jazz idiom. The clinics are interactive and we invite you to bring your own passage problems 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 under trained leadership 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.


Princeton University provides us with free parking on campus. Cars must be registered at check-in and we anticipate that they will have to be parked only in Lot 32, located on Elm Drive, off Faculty Road. Princeton University and the Institute are not responsible for parking violations you receive if you park elsewhere. Commuting participants may park in Lot 32 (Visitor Parking).


Symposium and Festival events will be held in several campus buildings all within walking distance of one another. Locations may be different from prior years because of some construction on the Princeton campus. Master classes and lectures will be held in McCormick Auditorium and private lessons will be given in Woolworth Hall, home of the Music Department. Practice rooms will be in Woolworth and Fisher Hall.

Visit for an interactive campus map.


The campus is mostly wireless, and you will be able to use an area network to connect your own computer to the internet.


Participants may not receive mail at Princeton while attending the Symposium.


Princeton will not furnish any medical services to participants, and the Princeton Infirmary will not treat or admit participants. In the event of an emergency, medical aid may be obtained at emergency rooms of area hospitals.

Princeton Primary & Urgent Care

707 Alexander Road, Suite 201

Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609-919-0009 Fax: 609-919-0008

Office hours: Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 6 PM and Saturday: 9 AM to 12 noon. No appointment necessary

Emergency Care

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro

1 Plainsboro Rd Plainsboro Township, NJ 08540

(Rt. 1 North between Plainsboro Road and Scudders Mill Road)

609) 853-6500


Participants will have access to Dillon Gym, which has an excellent fitness room, as well as a pool, squash courts, dance rooms, martial arts studios, and basketball courts at the cost of $5/person per visit. Please note that this does not include admission to Group Fitness & Instructional programs.


A gentle yoga class open to all participants will be held from 7:15 to 8:00 every morning.


Princeton will provide 2 sheets, 1 pillow and case, and 2 towels per person. If you need additional bed or bath linens, feel free to bring your own.


Campus washing machines and dryers will be available to participants.


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


The U-Store sells a wide range of items including paper goods, sportswear, small appliances, music, cameras and books. It also has a limited fast food / convenience store section and a pharmacy.


Cell phone

Coat hangers

Extension cord

Desk or reading lamp (halogen lamps are prohibited!)

Shower soap and hand soap (not furnished by Princeton)


Comfortable shoes for walking


Bathing suit


The use of hotplates is not permitted in the dorm rooms.


There is a campus shuttle bus system for resident and commuting participants. For more information, visit The route most likely to be useful will be the East Line, which runs from Lot 21 (commuter participant Visitor Parking).


If you prefer not to stay in the dorm, you may make arrangements at a nearby hotel. The Nassau Inn will give us a discounted rate this year for a single room. You can phone the Inn directly for reservations. Be sure to mention that you are with the Golandsky Institute in order to get the discounted rate.

Booking ID: 21303

Phone: 800-862-7728, Fax: 609-921-9385

Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ  08542


You are responsible for making your own arrangements to get to Princeton. The Institute cannot provide service to and from the airports.


The Princeton University campus is easily accessible by train. From Amtrak or New Jersey Transit’s Northeast Corridor rail line station at Princeton Junction, transfer to the single-car shuttle train, known locally as the “Dinky,” for a five-minute ride from Princeton Junction to Princeton Station. Princeton Station is located on University Place at the southern end of campus, across from McCarter Theatre. For schedules see and


AAA Taxi: 609-921-1177


Princeton can be reached via four international airports. The two closest and most easily accessed are:

 • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is 40 miles north

 • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is 55 miles south

The two large airports in New York City (east of Manhattan) take substantially more time to reach by car or public transportation from Princeton. They are:

 • LaGuardia International Airport (LGA)

 • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

See below for information about the regional Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN).

New Jersey Transit trains from Newark Liberty International Airport

At Newark Liberty International Airport, take the monorail to the AirTrain station where you will be able to get a NJ Transit train (less expensive than Amtrak) to Princeton. Follow the TRAVEL BY TRAIN directions above. You can find current schedules on the NJ Transit website at On this website, under “Schedules and Fares” select “Train.” Choose “Newark Airport” for the “Origin Station” and “Princeton” for the “Destination Station.” There are approximately two trains per hour and the total travel time is 55 minutes.

Princeton Airporter Service

Vans leave from Palmer Square, the Hyatt Regency, the Holiday Inn, and other locations on Route 1, with service to Newark International and JFK airports. They also run from the airports to Princeton. Visit and click on the Princeton University button.

Travel from LGA and JFK

If you fly into LaGuardia, visit for information about transportation between the airport and New York Penn Station. From Penn Station, you can take a NJ Transit train to Princeton (

SEPTA regional rail (215-580-7800) from Philadelphia International Airport

Take SEPTA trains ( from the airport to Trenton Station. Then take a NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line northbound train to Princeton Junction and follow the TRAVEL BY TRAIN directions above.

Taxi and limousine services

Visit for taxi and limo services to and from area airports.

Trenton-Mercer Airport

Another option for air travel is the Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), a smaller public regional airport about 15 minutes from the Princeton campus. Frontier Airlines flies there from numerous cities. For more information, visit or call 609-882-1601.


After registration and throughout the week, parking for Symposium participants is available in a designated lot, as noted above.


Take the New Jersey Turnpike south to Exit 9 (New Brunswick). After the tollbooths, take the first right turn onto the ramp for Route 18 north. Soon after you enter Route 18, take the left side of a fork in the road, staying in the right lane. Immediately bear right for an exit to U.S. Route 1 South/Trenton.

Drive south on Route 1 for about 18 miles to the Alexander Road exit and follow signs for Princeton.

Enter the campus by taking a right onto Washington Road from Route 1. Drive straight through the intersection of Faculty Road and Washington Road. Campus buildings do not generally have signs on them. There is, however, a sign indicating Icahn Labs on one of the first buildings on the left after the Faculty Road intersection. You may enter immediately after the Icahn Lab building. There is a small parking area and a small campus road that leads to Scully Hall, where you may park to check in at Butler College.

From the WEST

Drive east on Interstate 78 into New Jersey. Exit onto southbound Interstate 287 (toward Somerville). Follow signs for Routes 202/206 south. Go south on 202 for a short distance and then follow signs to 206 south, which will take you around a traffic circle. Go south on 206 for about 18 miles to Nassau Street (Route 27) in the center of Princeton.

Alternative from the WEST: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike east to the exit for Route 1 north. Travel on Route 1 north for approximately 23 miles. (When you cross into New Jersey, there will be a small toll fee on the bridge.) Take the Alexander Road exit and follow signs for Princeton.

From the SOUTH

If you are coming from southern New Jersey, we recommend that you take Interstate 295 north (instead of the New Jersey Turnpike), exiting at Route 1 north (exit 67). Travel about three miles north on Route 1 to the Alexander Road exit, and follow signs for Princeton.

From the EAST

Take Interstate 195 west (toward Trenton) to the exit for Interstate 295 north. Drive seven miles to the exit for Route 1 north (exit 67). Travel about three miles north on Route 1 to the Alexander Road exit, and follow signs for Princeton.


Take Interstate 95 north into New Jersey and exit at Route 1 north (exit 67). Travel about three miles north on Route 1 to the Alexander Road exit and follow signs for Princeton.

Recorded driving instructions are available for callers with touchtone phones at (609) 258-2222.

“Classical and jazz pianists play the same instrument and are governed by the same physiological principles. The physical freedom offered by the Taubman approach is the perfect companion to the creative freedom pursued by improvising jazz pianists.”

Don Glanden, Professor, The University of the Arts