Adult Piano Retreats

May 21-25, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
October 8-12, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

World-class instruction for adult amateur pianists

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts offers adult, amateur pianists an exciting opportunity to experience four memorable days of world-class instruction and performance in a spectacular retreat setting in the Cascade Mountains near Leavenworth, Washington. The program is designed to include scheduled private lessons, private practice, master classes, individualized movement assessments, group Alexander Technique sessions, special topics, gourmet dining, optional outdoor activities and a faculty concert in Snowy Owl Theater.

No audition necessary. Limited to 12 participants.

$600 per person per retreat registration fee (includes 3 private lessons, 1 ticket to faculty concert, 2 master classes, 3 special topic sessions, individualized physical assessments and optional sessions with on-site , licensed massage therapist (by appointment only))

First come, first served basis. Once cabins are filled, alternate lodging in the area is available to you at your own expense.

$100/night single occupancy, $50/night double occupancy in cabins at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Limited spaces – first come first served basis.

$230 (includes tax and gratuity) for two breakfasts and one dinner at Sleeping Lady’s King Fisher Dining Lodge; three, exclusive, catered candlelight dinners.

Other no-host options include conveniently located O’Grady’s Pantry and numerous restaurants/delicatessens in nearby downtown Leavenworth. Sleeping Lady’s Grotto bar available for cocktail hour and evening festivities (no host) and is within walking distance.

  • Steinway L
  • Steinway B
  • Kawai concert grand
  • Kimball grand
  • Kawai grand
  • Steinway upright
  • Chickering spinet

Check in between 1-3 PM on day one, check out by 2PM on day five. Retreat features a final, participant’s private recital with champagne on day five at noon.

  • $50 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel more than 30 days before the session start date, then you will receive all money paid except the $50
  • 8 to 30 days before start of session, 50% refund
  • 7 days before start of session, no refund

2017 Faculty

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Lisa Bergman

Program Director, May & October Sessions
A passionate promoter of classical music, Lisa Bergman is a national Gracie Award-winning radio announcer on Classic KING-FM streaming worldwide. A concert pianist specializing in collaborative piano and chamber music she is a graduate of the Juilliard School, Stony Brook University and the University of Washington, cum laude.
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Gayle Holeton

May & October Sessions
An educator, private piano studio professional and Nia Black Belt teacher. She practices in Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Martial Arts and Dance. Retreat focus will be mindful exploration into optimal use of the body’s design, for more ease, agility, strength and balance for pianists.


William Chapman Nyaho

May Session
Graduate of Oxford Univ (UK), Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve; Eastman School (Master of Music degree) and Univ of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Musical Arts); international performances as soloist and collaborator in Europe, Africa, Asia, Caribbean and North America; editor of five-volume “Piano Music of Africa and African Diaspora” published by Oxford University Press; beloved teacher and mentor of manys.


Deborah Rambo Sinn

October Session
Has performed around the globe as a soloist and chamber music partner in the United States, Europe, China, and throughout Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia on board the MS Deutschland. Deborah has taught students from fourteen countries and has owned and operated music businesses in the US and Germany. She has coached numerous professional singers and instrumentalists in the art of musical interpretation. Currently, she teaches in Sequim Washington and online via Olympic Music School LLC and the Underground Conservatory.

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