The exceptional performing arts facilities of this All-Steinway School allow each student to have a dedicated practice piano for use at any time. Located within McLaughlin Science Center, the 70-seat Trustees Auditorium, with its unusually fine acoustics and two Steinway grand pianos, serves as the principal teaching and recital hall. The much larger William Bingham Auditorium, with its Steinway concert grand, is used for practice and some public performances. The Steinway grand piano in Ordway Living Room, another practice location, may also be used for recitals. Additional practice spaces are situated within the performing arts complex.
Students live with Prof. Poddubnaya in a small dormitory on campus and take their meals at Ordway Dining Center. Once or twice a week, they are invited for dinners in the homes of appreciative local fans. They may use Gould Academy’s extensive athletic facilities – playing fields, tennis courts, and the fitness center in Farnsworth Fieldhouse – and cool off at the end of a warm July day in the pool at the nearby Bethel Inn. The village center is a short walk away. During the festival, participants have the chance to travel to nearby lakes and the Mahoosuc Mountain range.
Founded in 1836, Gould Academy is a coed college preparatory school of 250 students and an average class size of 10, located at the eastern edge of the White Mountains in Bethel, Maine. Visit the Gould website, www.gouldacademy.org for more information.
The Academy is on the distinguished list of “All-Steinway Schools,” an honor shared by other educational institutions, including Oberlin College Conservatory, Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, Wheaton College, and Vassar College. This distinction denotes that Steinway and Steinway-designed pianos are exclusively used in the school’s performance and practice spaces.