duo526 Sonata Seminar @ IU

Academy Faculty

Known for her verve and sensitivity, pianist Futaba Niekawa pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. In demand as a collaborative pianist, she has been engaged at the Banff Centre, New England Conservatory, and IU’s String Academy. Niekawa is a Lecturer in Music (Chamber and Collaborative Music) at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Award-winning violinist, Kerry DuWors has been Associate Professor, Chair of Graduate Studies in Music, and Head of Chamber Music at Canada’s Brandon University since 2003. Hailed for her “soaring cantilena” (Gramophone Magazine), DuWors has performed across four continents and champions collaboration across an array of ensembles from her duo work to leading chamber orchestras.

David Simpson is a licensed, board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in pain, trauma, sports medicine, and dermatology based in Bloomington, Indiana. He utilizes a unique blend of acupuncture and herbal strategies, rehabilitative Qi Gong practices, craniosacral therapy, and Tui Na medical massage to give patients immediate and lasting results. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Futaba Niekawa at fniekawa@indiana.edu.

Sample Daily Schedule

Please note, this is a sample schedule. The 2022 Daily Schedule will be updated and provided to all participants prior to the seminar.

Sunday, May 22nd

6:00-7:30 p.m. (EST), Welcome Party

Monday, May 23rd

8:00-10:00 a.m., Practice + *Training

10:10-11:00 a.m., Daily Wellness

11:15-12:30 p.m., Mentoring Time 1

[lunch break]

1:30-3:00 p.m., Training or Individual Coaching 1

3:00-4:30 p.m., duo526 Coaching 1 or Training

4:00-5:30 p.m., duo526 Coaching 1 or Training

6:00-7:30 p.m., [Group Dinner]

Tuesday, May 24th

8:00-10:00a.m., Practice + Rehearsal

10:10-11:00 a.m., Daily Wellness

11:15-12:30 p.m., Mentoring Time 2

[lunch break]

1:30-3:00 p.m., Training or Individual Coaching 2

3:00-4:30 p.m., duo526 Coaching 2 or Training

4:00-5:30 p.m., duo526 Coaching 2 or Training

Wednesday, May 25th

8:00-10:00a.m., Practice + Training

10:10-11:00 a.m., Daily Wellness

11:15-12:30 p.m., Mentoring Time 3

[lunch break]

1:30-3:00pm Coaching 3 or Training

3:15-5:45 p.m., Masterclass 1

6:00-7:30 p.m., [Group Dinner]

Thursday, May 26th

8:00-9:15 a.m., Practice + Training

9:15-10:45 a.m., Coaching 3 or Training

11:00-12:30 p.m., Masterclass 2

[lunch break]

2:00-3:30 p.m., Rehearsal or Coaching 4

3:30-5:00 p.m., rehearsal or Coaching

Friday, May 27th

8:00-9:15 a.m., Practice + Rehearsal

9:15-10:45 a.m., Coaching 4

11:00-12:30 p.m., Masterclass 3

[lunch break]

1:30-2:30 p.m., Daily Wellness

2:45-4:30 p.m., Warm up + Rehearsal

5:00-7:00 p.m., Sonata Recital

7:30 p.m., [Group Dinner]

*Rehearsals are called Trainings.

Audition Requirements

Everyone must submit the following information as part of the application process.

Please Note: Regardless of your duo partner plans (pre-formed or not pre-formed), everyone should individually submit an application with the required audition materials.

Step 1, Personal Statement: Please write about your collaborative experience in a personal statement of approximately 500 words and answer the following questions:

  • What are your long-term artistic goals?
  • What do you hope to get out of duo526 Sonata Seminar @ IU?
  • What has been your past experience in collaborative playing?
  • And why do you value duo playing?

Step 2, Recordings: Please provide recording links to two contrasting movements or works from the standard repertoire.

Step 3, Repertoire List: Please write your list of sonata repertoire studied and performed.

Please send the Audition Requirements to Dr. Futaba Niekawa at fniekawa@indiana.edu. If you have any questions or concerns, please directly contact Dr. Niekawa.

Registration & Tuition

Non-Refundable Registration Fee

Registration Fee: $70


In-Person (Early Registration): $630

In-Person: $700

Auditor: $200


How to Apply

Application Process

To complete the application process, please submit the Registration Form and the Application Materials!

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

Acceptance Notification: April 1, 2022

Early Registration Deadline: April 16, 2022

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2022

Auditor Registration Deadline: May 15, 2022

Enrollment Limits

Max. Number of Participants: 10 (5 Violin/Piano Duos)

Auditors: Up to 20, Open to All Adults

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