Schubertiads: Performance Parties
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was an Austrian, early Romantic composer. In his day, he would have gatherings of friends and fellow musicians at his home to play music and enjoy refreshments. These small parties were referred to as “Schubertiads.”
“I think it is very important for any musician to be able to play for friends in a comfortable, supportive environment,” said Moira Schur Craw. “Therefore, I try to arrange small impromptu playing parties for selected students, especially for those who are preparing to audition for Regional and All-State Festivals. These little parties are good practice for students to play for, and learn from, each other.”
“Toward the end of May, the Spring Schubertiad is always the culmination of the year. All of my students and their parents get an invitation to this party.”
A Schubertiad is a wonderful event where a student can listen to fellow students who play different instruments, share his or her skill, and gain experience in live performance. There’s nothing like it!