High School Piano Institute (one week)

If you are a serious student pianist with collegiate and professional aspirations, the piano institute is an excellent opportunity to spend a week in master classes and private lessons.

Below are examples of past instructors; 2018 faculty will be announced in the spring.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 16, 2018 to June 22, 2018
Tuition: $1,230
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

During your time here, you will participate in master classes and attend inspiring faculty and guest artist performances. You'll also have classes in historic performance styles, piano technique, memorization, and movement with music. Performance opportunities include student recitals and a possible invitation to perform live on Interlochen Public Radio.

Audition Requirements

Audio or video file containing three works:

  • A substantial work of the student's choice. Example: Prelude & fugue, suite, ballade, scherzo, etc.
  • Any etude by Chopin, Moszkowski, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, or Debussy.
  • A movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven.

Students who wish to be considered for the concerto reading should include a movement from one of the concerti in lieu of the sonata.

Additional Opportunities

Jazz pianists are invited to apply for the three-week high school jazz summer program.

Students with an interest in organ are also invited to apply for the three-week high school organ summer program. Inexperienced organists with a strong piano background are welcome to apply.

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a piano major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.


Dr. Michael Coonrod

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute

Pavlina Dokovska

Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute

Head of Piano Department and Professor of Professional Practice, Mannes School of Music; Founder and Artistic Director, Mannes Festivals and Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts

Dr. Thomas (T.J.) Lymenstull

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute