Schedule & Information

The Gathering 2022:

Music of the Romantic Era

19th century music is still the heart of the piano repertoire. Participants can perform Romantic music - or later music written in the Romantic style - and learn about it in workshops, masterclasses and presentations. The day will culminate in a recital of Romantic music played by Bösendorfer artist Baruch Meir on the Weidner's Imperial concert grand. 

Grand Piano

Opportunities for Participation

Weidner Center Theatre

Students of all levels will have the chance to perform on the main stage - the Weidner's Cofrin Family Hall. For a chance to work with ourguest artists in a masterclass or a workshop, please fill out the registration form; both teachers and students are welcome to participate. If you're looking for a less formal way to hone your piano skills, our "Ask a Pianist" booth will be staffed throughout the day. Please drop by with a question!

Legendary American pianist Ruth Slenczynska was a child prodigy who studied with some of the greatest masters of the Romantic style: Artur Schnabel, Josef Hoffman, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alfred Cortot. At age 97, she is still playing concerts and has just released a new CD. Ms. Slenczynska will join us virtually from her home in Pennsylvania to speak about the music of Chopin.

Special Guest:

Ruth Slenczynska


Participating Organizations


Schedule of Event

Cofrin Family Hall Recitals:
  • Please find the schedule here.
    Performers should come to the stage of Cofrin Family Hall 5 minutes before their recital start time. Performers will be seated on stage; families and guests may sit with their performer on stage or in the audience. Please plan to stay for the entire recital. Video recordings of each recital will be available on this website after the conclusion of the festival.
Fort Howard Hall Masterclasses:
  • 10AM: “Create your own Character Piece” with Justin Krueger. Compose/Improvise your own Romantic-style character piece! This workshop is particularly aimed at younger pianists.
  • 11AM: Masterclass with Diana Shapiro (University of Minnesota, Duluth).
    • Performers:
    • Samantha Baye—Chopin, Prelude in B Minor, Op. 28/6
    • Rowan McManus—Granados, Oriental Dance Op. 5/2
    • Natalie Baye—Chopin, Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9/2
  • 12 PM: Presentations Literary Romanticism" with Rebecca Nesvet (English Professor at UW-Green Bay) and Rebecca Stewart Teaching Students with ADHD" with UWGB piano majors—Jeremy Raduenz, Rainy Lampone, Madelyn Davies and Aygul Garryevva.
  • 1PM: Masterclass with Baruch Meir (Arizona State University)
    • Performers:
    • Daniel Essinger—Schubert, Sonata B-flat, D 960.Movement I: Molto moderato
    • Isaac Tomalak—Grieg, Nocturne, Op. 54/4
    • Jaylon Jones—Dett, Juba Dance from In the Bottoms
    • Grace Claflin—Chopin, Polonaise in A, Op. 40/1
  • 2 PM: Presentation "Composers of Color: Elementary and Intermediate Repertoire by African-American composers" with Tricia Marton (UW-Green Bay | Sheboygan campus and Lakeland University).
  • 3 PM: Presentation (via Zoom) Teaching Chopin" with legendary pianist Ruth Slenczynska
  • 4 PM: Masterclass with Catherine Kautsky (Lawrence University)
    • Performers:
    • Skyla Coogan—Granados, Oriental Dance Op. 5/2
    • Chloe Meyer—Price, Dream Boat
    • Ellie Murphy—Mussorgsky, A Tear
  • 7 PM: Recital in Cofrin Family Hall with Bösendorfer Artist Baruch Meir