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Festival Hill Welcomes Poetry at Round Top This WeekendFestival Hill Welcomes Poetry at Round Top This Weekend

Registration for Poetry at Round Top is still open. The event, now in its 17th year, will occur on April 20-22 on the beautiful and inspiring Festival Hill campus.

Featured poets include Naomi Shihab Nye, Coleman Barks, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Roger Reeves, Javier Zamora, Emmy Pérez, Carrie Fountain, Kurt Heinzelman and Liz Garton Scanlon.

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Spring Giving Day at Festival Hill is a Huge Success!Spring Giving Day at Festival Hill is a Huge Success!

Spring Giving Day was a huge success, thanks to our donors! During the 24-hour fundraising challenge on April 17, we raised $33,550--more than enough to cover tuition scholarships for 5 of our young artists arriving in June.

Round Top Festival Institute thanks each and every supporter who helped us reach our campaign goal of $30,000. Winners of the prizes will be announced in a few days. Each winner will be notified by email.

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Students To Arrive June 3 To Participate in Round Top Music FestivalStudents To Arrive June 3 To Participate in Round Top Music Festival

The young artists will arrive in Round Top on Sunday, June 3 to begin six weeks of intense training and performance. Forty faculty and seven conductors will work with the students in June and July. Opening concerts are scheduled for Saturday, June 9 with the Gala Finale on Saturday, July 14.

Ninety-one students from 24 states and 9 foreign countries will gather in Round Top to study and perform repertoire in the classical tradition. Public performances by the Texas Festival Orchestra and various chamber groups are scheduled every Saturday during the six weeks. The very popular Patriotic Concert is slated for Sunday, July 1. Children of all ages can enjoy......

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2018 Round Top Music Festival Announced in Musical America2018 Round Top Music Festival Announced in Musical America

The 2018 Round Top Music Festival was announced in a press release, penned by Round Top Festival Institute's Program Director Alain Declert, in the January issue of Musical America. The press release is reprinted below.

Ninety young talented artists chosen from more than 500 applicants from all over the world will convene at tiny Round Top, Texas on Sunday June 3 till Sunday July 15, 2018. The six-week intensely concentrated course supervised by its founder and artistic director, James Dick, includes orchestra rehearsals and performances, chamber music coaching and performances, master classes and private lessons. Forty faculty members and six conductors will mentor the participants. Alums of the previous 47 years are to be found at any corner of the planet playing in great symphony orchestras and teaching in leading universities and conservatories. Twelve of them are now teaching at Round Top!

Everyday visitors and music lovers can join and attend......

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2018-2019 August-to-April Concert Series2018-2019 August-to-April Concert Series

The 2018-2019 August-to-April Concert Series Events are listed below. Tickets are available online. Adult $25-$40. Student $10-$20.

Overnight accommodations are available on concert weekends. Call the office at 979-249-3129 or email reservations@festivalhill.org to reserve a room.


   - Chamber Music Trio, Saturday, August 18, 2018, 3:00 PM
        Lunch at 12:45 PM (by reservation only)

   - Round Rock Symphony with James Dick, Piano, Saturday, September 22, 2018, 3:00 PM

   - Moores School Concert Chorale, Saturday, October 13, 2018,......

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Note by Note - The Story of James Dick and Festival HillNote by Note - The Story of James Dick and Festival Hill

"For more than 40 years, James Dick has been quietly building a renowned musical mecca in Central Texas." The article, Note by Note, in the November/December 2017 issue of the Alcalde, official publication of the Texas Exes, goes on to say, "the original six acres that Dick bought have slowly grown into over 200 verdant acres. And then, of course, is the pièce de résistance: A grand, 1,000-seat concert hall with a steepled ceiling...

"Dick, BM '63, Life Member, Distinguished Alumnus, was raised on a farm in Kansas... After graduating from UT in 1963, and spending two Fulbright Fellowships at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Dick was beginning his concert career in full, picking up international music awards along the way... 'But I'd always loved to teach,' Dick says, 'I thought maybe there will be someplace we can find where we can invite some pianists to......

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