Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Hough Masterclass

This next generation of Vermont pianists has been chosen to take part in the masterclass with Stephen Hough:

  • Isabella Gravina-Budis (14, from Charlotte)
  • Richard Jiang (13, from South Burlington)
  • William Lehninger Swist (10, from Spofford, NH)
  • Tejas Srinivasan (19, from Middlebury).

They will perform music by Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, and Betty Jackson King, and receive musical guidance from Mr. Hough.

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce a masterclass with renowned pianist Stephen Hough as part of his upcoming residency in Burlington. On Saturday March 26, 2022, Hough performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the Flynn, conducted by VSO Music Director candidate Tania Miller. The concert also includes Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and Yatra by Sri Lankan/Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne. A link to our concert webpage can be found here; a link to Mr. Hough’s webpage can be found here.


The masterclass will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022, from 4:00-5:30 p.m at the UVM Recital Hall in Burlington, and is in partnership with the University of Vermont Lane Series. The masterclass is open and free to the public, but requires pre-booking via Eventbrite. There is a limit of 100 general seating tickets available which will be available to book at this link


Talented and aspiring Vermont-based piano students up to and including 22 years of age who can respond to Mr. Hough’s guidance and instruction in a public setting. 


  • Four finalists will be selected to take part in the masterclass.  Each of the four finalists will have approximately 15-20 minutes to work with Mr. Hough on the piece of music they’ve submitted with this application. 
  • Each finalist will receive up to 4 complimentary tickets to the VSO Classical Series Concert on March 26, 2022.
  • Housing arrangements can be made if required for finalists outside of the Burlington area.


Applicants should apply by submitting information about themselves and an audio/video recording of a solo piano piece no longer than ten minutes in length by Monday, February 7, 2022. The piece should be something the student is comfortable playing and can by any composer and of any genre.


Finalists will be decided by a jury selected by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

Finalists will be announced publicly and informed in writing by Monday, February 21, 2022.


Proof of COVID vaccination (the physical card or a photo thereof) is required for attendance at all VSO events, and all attendees must wear a KN-95, N-95, KF-94 or equivalent mask at all times when inside the venue. Children who are ineligible to be vaccinated may attend but are required to wear a mask as noted. Note the COVID policy at the Flynn can be found here.



Contact Patricia Jancova, VSO Education Coordinator, at