The 50th Annual Piano Festival of the
AMERICAN MATTHAY ASSOCIATION
June 13-16, 2007
The Matthay Festival is designed to offer participants direct and
concentrated access to the Matthay teaching principles as they apply at
all levels, including that of the performing artist. Daytime sessions
include lectures, demonstrations, performances, and master classes, and
a recital is held each evening. On Wednesday, June 13, the program will also feature the annual Clara Wells Scholarship Auditions.
The year 2007 marks the fiftieth annual gathering. Previous Matthay
Festivals have taken place at many locations throughout North America,
including Philips Academy at Andover, the University of Maryland, the
University of Central Florida, the Royal Conservatory of Music in
Toronto, San Jose State University, Williams College, Pennsylvania
State University, the University of South Carolina, Wittenberg
University, the University of Kansas, Columbus State University, the University of
Richmond, and Union University.
King College, located in
Bristol, Tennessee, is in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains at
an altitude of about 1,800 feet. The 130-acre hilltop campus is two
miles from the center of Bristol, a city of 43,300 residents. Bristol
is actually two cities of almost equal size; Bristol, Tennessee, and
Many Festival events will be held in the beautiful King College Memorial Chapel.
The Memorial Chapel, with seating for 650, is the site of services and convocations. The lower level
has classrooms, rehearsal rooms (piano, voice, organ, and harpsichord), and faculty offices for the Department of Performing
and Visual Arts.
LEFT: King College Student Center
RIGHT: King College Memorial Chapel
Accommodations at special AMAP rates are available at the La Quinta Inn,
which is located at Exit 7 off interstate 81 in Bristol, Virginia. The rates are $60 for Wednesday and Thursday, and $64 for Friday and Saturday evenings.
Festival registrants should call 1-800-531-5900 and identify themselves as members of the American Matthay Association for Piano.
The reservation bloc confirmation number is: 93346032. Reservations should be made prior to May 30, 2007, to assure this rate. The hotel's local phone number is (276) 669-9353.
Accommodations are also available at the Holiday Inn Bristol Conference Center, telephone (276) 466-4100,
or the Marriott Courtyard Bristol, telephone (276) 591-4400.
Both the Holiday Inn and Marriott Courtyard are located at Exit 7 off Interstate 81 in Bristol, Virginia.
The banquet is
scheduled for Saturday evening, June 16, at 5:30 PM at the
Country Club of Bristol,
6045 Old Jonesboro Road (423-652-1700). The driving time from King College is approximately six minutes.
The price of $40 includes a choice of
two appetizers (spanikopita and sausage stuffed mushrooms), two entrées (stuffed chicken
and sliced roasted pork with sauce), and
four vegetables. Dinner also includes a salad, bread, coffee, tea, and a choice of two desserts.
There will be a cash bar with wine, beer, and liquor, while
taxes, gratuity, soda, and juices are included in the banquet price.
Travel to Bristol, Tennessee
The closest airport to
King College is the Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI).
To make reservations for ground transportation, please contact Bob's Ground Transportation at
(423) 325-6379, Clemon's Cab (accepts major credit cards) at (423) 246-2412, or
FL Limo & Livery
(accepts major credit cards) at (423) 245-0856.
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