If you are a serious high school pianist, the three- or six-week Piano Summer Program for high school students is excellent preparation for training at the college, university, or conservatory level. During your time here, you will develop a great breadth of knowledge and elevate your solo and collaborative skills, guided by an experienced and supportive faculty.
The High School Piano Summer Program is an intense and immersive experience. You will live and learn with fellow students from around the world who share your passion for music. We are pleased to announce our revised 2020 curriculum, with many new offerings, including:
Twice-weekly private lessons with a member of the piano faculty. All of our high school faculty members have graduate degrees in music and teach at the collegiate level.
Three-week or six-week options. Students may attend one or both of our three-week sessions. Each session has a different curriculum that does not repeat.
Master classes with distinguished guest artists. Previous guest clinicians include Olga Kern, Conrad Tao, Andre Watts, James Giles, Jon Nakamatsu, Awadagin Pratt, Sarah Cahill, Robert Weirich, Alan Chow, and Nelita True, among others.
A featured composer for each session. Students are encouraged to bring pieces by the featured composer to study and perform.
- Session I featured composer: Beethoven
- Session II featured composer: Chopin
Performance opportunities include studio classes, masterclasses, and recitals throughout each session.
Topics seminars: Each week, you will explore a different performance topic in a seminar that takes place daily. Topics will include:
- The Art of Practicing
- The Art of Performing
- The Art of Collaborative Playing
- Piano Wellness
- Piano Literature
- College Audition Prep
Music theory: All piano students will have the opportunity to take a music theory class at the appropriate level.
Piano electives: in-depth classes, including Piano Ensemble, The Art of Teaching, Piano Tuning and Maintenance, Beginning Jazz Piano, Harpsichord Improvisation, and other topics.
Students may optionally take once-weekly organ lessons, in addition to their twice-weekly piano lessons. Organ lessons include participation in a daily organ seminar.
Reserved practice time on the 240 pianos throughout Interlochen’s scenic campus.
With the focused nature of this program, the high school piano students do not take electives outside the music curriculum. However, Interlochen offers many opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and guest artists presentations in a variety of art forms.