Designed for highly skilled and motivated pianists, students in our six-week advanced piano summer program are selected through a competitive audition process. During your time here, you will prepare solo literature for performance, collaborate with other musicians, and study sonatas, alongside other talented young musicians from around the world.
At Interlochen, you will be part of a supportive community of musicians, and work daily with an accomplished faculty of educators and performers. You will have weekly private lessons, as well as a minimum of three daily practice hours (two hours on grand pianos).
You will also participate in collaborative artist activities, consisting of two components:
- Chamber music skills: pianists will collaborate with string players in the advanced string program, and/or perform with other pianists in duets and two piano, eight-hand repertoire.
- Sonata project: piano and string players will be paired to study collaborative sonata repertoire.
In the daily advanced piano seminar, we'll address special topics, discuss form and analysis, survey various historical topics, and have a studio performance class.
While advanced piano students do not take elective classes, you will have numerous opportunities throughout the summer to enjoy presentations in theatre, music, creative writing, film, dance, and visual arts.
Record on video three works of contrasting style. Examples of appropriate solo repertoire are listed below, but you are not limited to these choices. Works must be memorized.
- Bach: Prelude and Fugue from Well-Tempered Clavier
- Beethoven: Sonata (not Op. 49)
- Chopin: Nocturne or other work
- Bartok: Mikrokosmos, vol. 5 or 6
Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the intermediate division's orchestras or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.