A Message from Gold Country Piano Institute

Pauline Yang

It was the collective dream shared by Allan Haley, Pawel Skrzypek, and me that helped to create the Gold Country Piano Institute in 1999.  Polish concert pianist Skrzypek had first come to Nevada County in 1990 to perform for Twin Concert Cities Association (now InConcert Sierra); it was then that we three began a wonderful musical friendship.  After several years of Pawel returning to concertize and teach, he invited me to attend his Warsaw Piano Workshop in Poland, which I found to be an amazingly challenging and positive experience.

I was so excited by the format of the workshop that I suggested to Pawel that we create the same kind of workshop back here in Nevada City where he could invite other master teachers to teach alongside him and offer their expertise to students who might not consider going abroad to study, but who could receive world-class instruction here in the States.

After a short 5-day experiment in the autumn of 1999, we were able to launch our 10-day Master Course in Interpretation at the Miners Foundry in June 2000. Over the next 9 years, Nevada County families opened their homes and hearts to over 100 students from 5 continents and 10 master teachers from Poland, England, Singapore, Canada and the U.S.  And our audiences were mesmerized by the talented young pianists who performed in the Stone Hall.

Now, after a 5-year hiatus, Julie Cobden, the Miners Foundry and I are so pleased to welcome back our alumni as part of GCPI: The Alumni Series.  We are thrilled to be able to present some of the students who have grown up before our eyes, and who are creating their own exciting professional careers.

Here’s to many years of presenting our delightful and talented GCPI Alumni!

Andrea Fox

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Live Sound Camp for Girls


The Miners Foundry and are pleased to present Live Sound Camp for Girls, June 27-July 1, 2016.  The Live Sound Camp for Girls is a one-week camp for young women (ages 12-18) who want to learn about live music production.  The camp curriculum was designed by industry veterans and teaches the skills and technology to run live sound.  Working in small, collaborative and hands-on groups, the attendees learn:

Girls Guide to Sound

  • Live Event Safety
  • Stage and Audio Terminology
  • Signal Flow, Setup and Wire PA Systems
  • Input Lists, Stage Plots
  • Microphone Techniques, Wiring Stages
  • Line Check, Sound Check, Mixing
  • Running and Working a Real Show


The week ends with the girls producing and running a live show at the Miners Foundry.  Each afternoon the girls will set up and mix local bands.  The girls will also receive a SoundGirls.Org t-shirt, a tool kit, and a copy of the Girls Guide to Doing Sound.  Lunch will be provided each day.  Financial assistance is available.   All genders and non-conforming genders welcome.



“If you have ever been interested in live sound production for concerts and other events, now is your chance to get real hands on experience.  Karrie Keyes, cofounder fo has been touring all over the world as monitor engineer with Pearl Jam (20+years) and did the same for Red Hot Chili Peppers before that.  She and her organization know their stuff and will take students through all ins and outs.  It will be a very fun, educational, and hands on experience.”
~ Greg Cameron, Miners Foundry Sound Engineer