modern education for modern musicians

mind, movement, music

Retreat FAQs

Participation Planning
Q: Do you have scholarship opportunities for Participants?
A: Absolutely! We want to make sure this holistic style of interaction and learning is available to those who wish to participate. Check our Retreats page for current scholarship information!
Q: Who can be a Participant?
A: We welcome Participants of all ages, although any Participant age 16 and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian. We require a letter of consent from a legal guardian for Participants between the ages of 16 and 18.
Q: Can I attend as an auditor?
A: The Whole Musician retreats are a unique experience of holistic learning and performing for every Participant, irrespective of a player's ability. All Participants are active in a multitude of workshops and may play brief examples in any. The Participant level is more involved than a traditional "auditor," but less involved than a traditional "performer." We do acknowledge that some players will wish to have more opportunity for public performance, such as coaching in a traditional masterclass format and/or performance in recital. Because of this, we have created the Participant+Plus opportunity for these individuals.
Q: What's the difference between Participant and Participant+Plus?
A: Participants have the opportunity to be involved in all workshops at a retreat, while the Participant+Plus level assures private coachings on any topic, coaching in a traditional masterclass format, and/or public performance opportunity and recital preparation time with our staff pianist, if needed. Those wishing to register at the Participant level have the option of adding on private coachings on any topic.
Q: What kind of schedule should I anticipate at a retreat?
A: Please see our Sample Schedules page to get an idea of what your days will be like when you are at an event. We have provided you sample schedules for both 3-day and 5-day retreats.
Repertoire Selection
Q: How do I let the team know which pieces I will be bringing to play at the retreat?
A: The application has a section for repertoire selection. If we have duplicate pieces on a program, affected Participants will receive an email from our team.
Q: What if I want to change the repertoire I have listed on my submitted application?
All Participants will find a deadline to revise their repertoire selections and email piano accompaniment PDF files within the various retreat applications. Changes and PDF files should be emailed to [email protected].
Yoga Information
Q: What special items might I need for the yoga workshops?
A: If you own a yoga mat, you may wish to bring it with you. Also, bring comfortable clothes. If you have more specific questions or concerns, please email
What To Bring
Aside from your flute and any music you plan to practice or perform, here are a few things we think will be quite useful for our Participants:
  • Folding music stand, if possible
  • Notebook
  • Nice clothes for recital performance
  • Yoga mat (if you own one)
  • Comfortable clothes for movement, meditation, for outdoor workshops
  • Walking shoes and sunscreen for nature walks or other outdoor activities