Keiko Abe Marimba Academy


Opening Concert
Monday, June 17, 8pm
$10 general admission
$8 students with ID
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Closing concert
Friday, June 21, 8pm
$15 general admission
$12 students with ID
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Ticket Package

(for both concerts):
$20 general admission
$16 students with ID
(20% discount)
Call the Fredonia ticket office at 716-673-3501 or come in person to the Williams Center G-140.

Note: Academy registration fee includes admission to concerts.

Abe Academy

Keiko Abe

Keiko Abe Marimba Academy
at The State University of New York at Fredonia 

June 17-21, 2013

Join the School of Music for a unique and exciting five-day summer academy with leading international marimba virtuoso Keiko Abe. At Fredonia, the Keiko Abe Marimba Academy will provide an in-depth experience in performance, exploration of repertoire and interpretation, and the study of marimba history and evolution as the marimba and related instruments touched cultures around the world.

The academy will honor the contributions of Abe who successfully guided the development and manufacture of the first five-octave marimbas and who continually brings marimba music around the world to audiences of standing ovation. Academy participants will gain specific insights into Abe's unique compositions for the solo marimba and ensemble repertoire, as well as a broad perspective about the marimba that includes practical information concerning technique and performance.

Keiko Abe will appear in concert as a solo artist. Selected academy registrants will have a chance to perform for her in daily master classes, and the most advanced participants will be invited to perform with her on the culminating concert. (See details below.) All levels of interested marimba players are invited and encouraged to attend the Keiko Abe Marimba Academy.

Guest clinicians include: performer, historian, and Abe biographer Rebecca Kite; Larry Dubill, a Japan Foundation Uchida Fellow who studied marimba with Keiko Abe in Japan; Dagara gyil specialist Matthew Aubeuf; and Fredonia faculty Kay Stonefelt and Tiffany Nicely.

All levels of interested marimbists are invited and encouraged to attend the Keiko Abe Academy. Please see application and reservation deadlines below.

Registration Fees:

Early Registration (by March 15, 2013) - $450*
Register after March 15 - $500*

Duos must pay individual registration fees
*$200 non-refundable for participant cancellations by April 15. No refunds for participant cancellations after April 15

Registration fee covers all master classes, concerts and events. Participants will receive a certificate for attendance personally signed by Keiko Abe. Enrollment is limited.


Housing and Meal Options - reserve by June 1

Housing and Meals packages (see housing and meals chart PDF)
Package 1: 4 nights dorm stay, 15 meals, ideal for those leaving after the closing concert (Check-in 6/17, Check-out 6/21) - $305 per person
Package 2: 5 nights dorm* stay, 15 meals (Check in 6/16, check out 6/21) - $335 per person
Package 3: 5 nights dorm* stay, 15 meals (Check in 6/17, check out 6/22) - $335 per person
Package 4: 6 nights dorm* stay, 16 meals (Check in 6/16, check out 6/22) - $345 per person
Package 5: 7 nights dorm* stay, 17 meals (ideal for participants in the 6/22 Niagara Falls trip arriving on Sunday, check-in 6/16, check-out 6/23) – $355 per person
Package 6: 8 nights dorm* stay, 19 meals (ideal for international arrivals, participants in the 6/22 Niagara Falls trip, check in 6/15, check out 6/23) - $405 per person
*Dorm housing fees are for single or double occupancy, in a non-air conditioned residence hall.

Meals only options
Package 7: Commuter Meals (all weekday meals) – 15 meals - $150 per person
Package 8: Commuter Meals (lunches only) – 5 meals - $65 per person

Sign up for meals and housing at the time of registration, through the online form. Housing and meal packages must be reserved by June 1. Individual meals will be available for purchase throughout the week at the dinning halls.

Saturday, 6/22 a group will be visiting Niagara Falls, at no additional fee for transportation by university van, returning to the Fredonia campus for the evening. (Lunch and tourist events are optional expenses on your own.) Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate your participation at registration. For more information about the Falls, see

Master Class Application

After review of DVD and letter of recommendation, a select group of approximately 15 applicants will be invited to perform in the master classes with Keiko Abe. These master class performances may vary in length according to the comments about the music and details of performance. This group of participants will be selected through a review process. Please note that all students of the Academy are expected to attend the open master classes with pencil, music, and scores where you will be able to listen to and observe Keiko Abe's feedback about the music and details of performance.

Advanced participants may be invited to perform in ensembles on the closing gala concert with Keiko Abe on June 21st at 8pm.

To be considered for an invitation to perform on the master class, please complete the online registration with payment, then send the following information all in one package to:

Dr. Kay Stonefelt
1057 Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

1. A list of your performances that includes solo or duo* (if applying as a duo) marimba literature within the past two or three years, include titles and composers, dates & venues of performances (student recitals are fine)

2. A letter of recommendation from a professional source (a teacher, a conductor, a professional colleague)

3. An unedited, labeled, physical DVD (either directly playable or including a .mov or .mp4 file ONLY) that can be viewed on a MacBook, of your performance of a marimba solo that best demonstrates your level of musicianship and playing ability, live performances preferred, iFlip, Zoom-type quality is fine (please do NOT include more than one composition on the DVD, only the first selection will be reviewed).

4. List compositions from Abe-sensei's repertoire that you would be comfortable performing in the master class setting as the Abe Academy will center on Abe-sensei's concept of playing style, sound production and composition (see repertoire lists, or

Materials must be RECEIVED by April 15 for consideration for the master class.

What to Bring

Questions about the event? Interested in receiving course credit? Contact Dr. Kay Stonefelt at

The 2013 Keiko Abe Academy is generously supported by:
Yamaha Corporation
Fredonia School of Music
Christian R. Granger, '66
Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund
Fred W. Boelter
Fredonia Student Association
Fredonia Percussion Guild



School of Music Office

Mason Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3151
(716) 673-3154 fax