"The 2014 Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education was the most intensive, exciting and rewarding Dalcroze experience I've ever had. The director approached each student where they were and worked with him/her so that by the end of the two weeks each person had attained more than he or she thought possible. The program provides very clear expectations, while demanding the highest standards of musicianship, skill and effort."
"Staying at the St. Francis Center for Renewal offered us the serenity needed to focus on our studies. The sisters were so gracious and kind. The retreat center provided clean, comfortable accommodations in a beautiful park like setting. All the meals were delicious especially the baked apple French toast. The practice facilities were a 2 minute walk through the beautiful grounds from our room and meals."
"I cannot adequately express what a wonderful experience I had during my time at the Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education! The training was the most intense and beneficial musical education I have had in my career. Due to the comprehensive nature of the physical and mental demands of the program, it was imperative to maintain a quiet focus throughout the week. The atmosphere of the retreat center proved to be ideal for this. The tranquil surroundings and exceptional hospitality not only refreshed each of us as students, but also allowed us to maintain a high level of concentration alongside a joyful class camaraderie. Everyone at the retreat center went out of their way to make our stay both comfortable and enjoyable. I can honestly say I was extremely sad to leave at the end of my training and look forward to any opportunity to return."
"The 2014 Institute was a wonderful experience for me because of the organization and location of the institute. The amenities at the St. Francis Center for Renewal were outstanding, from the clean and spacious rooms to the beautifully-prepared meals throughout the day. The hospitality of the sisters was unparalleled, which allowed for a fantastic week where I was able to focus and learn with no distractions. The 2014 institute was an incredible experience due to the outstanding teaching, supportive colleagues, and gorgeous facilities."
The Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education has positively changed and affected me more than any other educational experience to date. The weekend intensive renewed my passion and energy for performance and teaching. Jack Stevenson taught me that I can do things that I never thought possible. The School Sisters of St. Francis reminded me that I am part of something much, much bigger than myself. I can think of no greater place to develop as a musician, teacher and human being.
"Thank you so much for welcoming me to the Institute this summer. I so enjoyed learning and striving together with you and the other students. Your teaching unlocked some parts of my musicianship that have been blocked for a long time, and I truly feel it was a healing experience for me. I plan to continue my studies with you and wherever else I can. I hope to get to Geneva someday. So please accept my sincere gratitude, also for the lovely dinner at your home. It was wonderful to be together with your family there".