Hoff-Barthelson master class continues with award-winning pianist Ingrid Jacobsohn Clarfield

The Hoff-Barthelson 2022 Music School Master Class continues with award-winning pianist Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM at School, 25 School Lane in Scarsdale.

Master class coaching by visiting artists has been part of the Hoff-Barthelson curriculum since the school was founded in 1944. This important tradition continues this season with a list of world musicians and educators including Ole Akahoshi, cello; Frank Huang, violin; Alan Lieb, Suzuki violin; Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, piano; Brandon Patrick George, flute; and members of the New York Philharmonic.

Master classes are an educational experience for both students and spectators. After months of careful preparation, students perform and then receive feedback and guidance from the head teacher, who encourages the student to think about the composition they have prepared in new and critical ways. The results are inspiring and informative and serve as a catalyst for students to reach new heights in their own musical discoveries. However, learning is not limited to students who perform. Every student – regardless of their level of development or whether or not they play the same instrument – can learn a lot.

Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, professor and head of the piano department at Westminster Choir College, is a nationally acclaimed performer, physician and author. She has presented workshops, lectures, recitals and master classes in more than 150 cities in 40 North American countries, including state and national MTNA conferences, the national keyboard pedagogy conference and other prestigious conferences and festivals. Professor Clarfield has written 23 books published by Alfred Publishing Co. and is the subject of a documentary called: Take a Bow: The Ingrid Clarfield Story.

In 2006, Professor Clarfield was appointed a member of the MTNA Foundation, and in 2009 he was the first winner of the NJMTA Teacher of the Year award. In 2012, she received the prestigious MTNA Teacher of the Year award, and in 2015 she received the NCKP Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the first Jacobs Music Steinway Al C. Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. In 2018, the Association of Music Educators in Germany also awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Clarfield was inducted into the first Steinway and Sons Teachers’ Hall of Fame in 2019.

Clarfield has a private studio where her preschool students have won hundreds of awards in state, national and international competitions, leading to performances in such areas as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall. and concert halls in Beijing. For Professor Clarfield, the most important part is her students’ participation in community concerts, which raise money for charities for the benefit of children and performances for nursing homes and other adult facilities.

Please observe the following health and safety requirements: Veils are required at this event. All guests must present proof of vaccination. Students between the ages of 5 and 11 must receive at least one vaccination dose to participate. No one under the age of 5 has confessed.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a leading community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. Hoff-Barthelson has long been one of Westchester County’s most valuable cultural resources, thanks to a college of the most talented teachers and artists in the region. At Hoff-Barthelson, students will find a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of education, performance and community service. Students of all ages, abilities and levels of interest enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment; focus on the whole person; exceptional teaching; and a multilateral curriculum.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School is proud to be the recipient of the ArtsWestchester grant with funding provided by the Westchester County Government with the support of George Latimer, the district’s executive director. The programs are possible in part with the support of the State Council of the Arts in New York with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

The class is open to the public for observation. Reservations are required and can be made at https://hbms.org/master-classes, by email at hb@hbms.org or by calling 914-723-1169.

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