The Well-Balanced Pianist: A Workshop in Optimal Movement and Mindset for Piano Practice and Performance

La Crosse, WI
Friday, February 16, 2018
The Well-Balanced Pianist: A Workshop in Optimal Movement and Mindset for Piano Practice and Performance
Friday, February 16, 2018 4:00 PM -
Saturday, February 17, 2018 5:30 PM (Central Time)

Viterbo Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
United States

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Teresa Dybvig

Teresa Dybvig is founder/director of The Well-Balanced Pianist, which presents programs across the U.S. that integrate musicianship, healthy technique, healthy body movement, and optimal mindset. She teaches privately in Long Island, Manhattan, Chicago, and Denver, specializing in helping pianists with playing-related injuries.

Dybvig is regularly invited to speak on wellness, musicianship, technique, and pedagogy at events like NCKP in Lombard, IL, the NYSMTA state conference in Albany, NY, the NDMTA State Conference in Bismarck, ND, and the International Congress on Musicians' Medicine in Milan, Italy, as well as at colleges and music teachers associations in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Mississippi, Minnesota, Georgia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

Dybvig holds a D.M.A. from Yale University, prior to performance degrees from Indiana University, and has served on the faculty of the Taubman and Golandsky Institutes. She brings extensive training in the Taubman Approach to Piano Technique, Yoga, and the Feldenkrals Method to her work.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, February 16

4:30 - 6:15 pm
Presentation - Setting the Stage for Mental and Physical Freedom in Practice and Performance

Learn about diet, exercise, sleep, posture-- sitting and standing, one's interface with the piano, wrist alignment, and mindset. Handout and resource list provided.

6:15 - 7 pm

7 pm
Dinner and Questions and Answers with Teresa Dybvig

Mary Ellen Haupert's home, 1632 Ferry Street, La Crosse
Participants are welcome to bring difficult passages or teaching questions to see how applying the ideas from the talk could help with problem solving.

Saturday, February 17

9 - 10:30 am
Piano Master Class for Viterbo Piano Players

Prior to the masterclass, students will be asked what stands in the way of them feeling good about performing. Teresa Dybvig will give each student an assignment that will be used during the class.

10:30-11 am

11 am - 12:30 pm
Clinic - Creating a Variety of Sound

Teresa Dybvig will demonstrate elements of sound quality, dynamics, accents, etc.

1-2:15 pm
Brown Bag Lunch

Lunch with mindset discussion on the difference between practicing and performing.

2:30-5:30 pm
Opportunity for Private Lessons*

($60 for a half hour; $120 for a full hour)

5:30-7:30 pm
Break for Dinner

7:30 pm
One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series Concert: Music for Protest

Viterbo University Fine Arts Center - Nola Starling Recital Hall
Join Artaria String Quartet and pianist Mary Ellen Haupert as they explore how music has been used for protest throughout the 20th century. The concert will feature Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Quintet and Kevin Volans' White Man Sleeps. Tickets available at the Viterbo University Box Office: 608-796-3100 or

* Private Lessons with Teresa Dybvig
Limited half hour or full hour lessons are available on:
Friday afternoon (12:15-3:15 pm time frame) and Saturday afternoon (2:30-5:30 pm time frame)

Please contact Mary Ellen Haupert to arrange lessons. Checks made payable to Teresa Dybvig.

Please mail check for private lessons to:
Mary Ellen Haupert, Professor of Music
Viterbo University
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601

One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series Concert -
Music for Protest

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Tickets available at the Viterbo University Box Office
608-796-3100 or

Artaria String Quartet
Described as an "exceptional ensemble with impressive confidence in its interpretations" and "Minnesota's foremost teaching and performing string quartet," the Artaria String Quartet recently celebrated its 30th year of chamber music concerts. Artaria's refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L'Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenos, MA.  Artaria has earned numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Minnesota State Arts Board for excellence in performance and educational outreach.

Mary Ellen Haupert, Pianist
Diagnosed with focal dystonia in 1994, Haupert set to work on an arduous, yet ultimately rewarding, retraining regime that commenced with Taubman teacher Edna Golandsky and continued for 10 years with artist teacher Teresa Dybvig of Middle Island, NY. Haupert serves as a professor of music-piano in the music department at Viterbo University where she teaches music history, theory, piano proficiency courses, music appreciation, and allied piano. She has been awarded Viterbo's prestigious Alec Chiu Award and Teacher of the Year for excellence in both research and teaching.


Contact Information

  • Mary Ellen Haupert
    Professor of Music
    Viterbo University
    900 Viterbo Drive
    La Crosse, WI 43601


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