Through a competitive audition process, students will be selected for this intensive program designed for highly skilled and motivated pianists in grades 6-9. All advanced piano students will study and prepare solo literature for performance, participate in collaborative playing, and focus on sonata playing (string/piano). All students are eligible to enter the concerto competition and will participate in several performances and master classes.
Private lessons (one class period) are given to students once a week.
Each student will have a minimum of three daily practice hours (two hours on grand pianos).
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.
Advanced Piano Seminar - this class has different daily purposes such as serving as a studio performance class, address special topics, discuss form and analysis, and survey various historical topics.
Due to the intensive nature of this program, elective classes are not available.
How to Apply
- Prepare the materials listed below.
- Complete the online application.
- Submit your audition materials online.
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
- Chamber work
Interlochen offers a separate concerto competition for High School and Intermediate divisions. Winners in the High School division will perform with one of the division’s orchestral or wind ensembles. Concerto competition details >>