The 48th Annual Piano Festival of the

King College
Bristol, Tennessee
June 22-25, 2005

The Matthay Festival is designed to offer participants direct and concentrated access to the Matthay teaching principles as they apply at all levels, including that of the performing artist. Daytime sessions include lectures, demonstrations, performances, and master classes, and a recital is held each evening.

The year 2005 marks the forty-eighth annual gathering. Previous Matthay Festivals have taken place at many locations throughout North America, including Philips Academy at Andover, the University of Maryland, the University of Central Florida, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, San Jose State University, Williams College, Pennsylvania State University, the University of South Carolina, Wittenberg University, the University of Kansas, Columbus State University, and the University of Richmond.

Festival Location

King College, located in Bristol, Tennessee, is in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains at an altitude of about 1,800 feet. The 130-acre hilltop campus is two miles from the center of Bristol, a city of 43,300 residents. Bristol is actually two cities of almost equal size; Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia.

Many Festival events will be held in the beautiful King College Memorial Chapel. The Memorial Chapel, with seating for 650, is the site of services and convocations. The lower level has classrooms, rehearsal rooms (piano, voice, organ, and harpsichord), and faculty offices for the Department of Performing and Visual Arts.

LEFT: King College Student Center

RIGHT: King College Memorial Chapel


Accommodations are available at the La Quinta Inn, which is located at Exit 7 off interstate 81 in Bristol, Virginia. To obtain the preferred rate of $45 per night (single or double occupancy), guests should phone the Inn at (276) 669-9353 and identity themselves as Matthay Festival/King College guests.

Accommodations are also available at the Holiday Inn Bristol Conference Center, telephone (276) 466-4100 at $64.35 per night, or the Marriott Courtyard Bristol, telephone (276) 591-4400 at $74 per night to guests of the Matthay Festival/King College. Both the Holiday Inn and Marriott Courtyard are located at Exit 7 off Interstate 81 in Bristol, Virginia.


The banquet is scheduled for Saturday evening, June 25, at 5:30 PM at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia, a wonderful historic inn with excellent regional food. The entrée choices are fillet of Atlantic salmon, chicken marsala, or stuffed red pepper, accompanied by seasonal vegetables, chef’s choice of rice or potato, dessert, rolls, iced tea and coffee. The fee for the banquet is $33.

Travel to Bristol, Tennessee

The closest airport to King College is the Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI). To make reservations for ground transportation, please contact Bob's Ground Transportation at (423) 325-6379, Clemon's Cab (accepts major credit cards) at (423) 246-2412, or FL Limo & Livery (accepts major credit cards) at (423) 245-0856.

For travel by car, please consult the King College web site:

Festival Program

Festival Registration

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