High School Piano Summer Program

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.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2020 to July 18, 2020
July 19, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Priority deadline: 
January 15, 2020

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 option. 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. 


Performance Venues and Opportunities

Performance venues include the 3,900-seat Kresge Auditorium, the 950-seat Corson Auditorium, the open-air historic Interlochen Bowl, and the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Kresge Auditorium was recently named one of the ten best outdoor performance venues in the nation by USA Today.

Each large ensemble performs six concerts throughout the summer. There are also numerous quartet, chamber and solo recitals. Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the high school division's full orchestras or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the artistic diversity here at Interlochen, and enjoy presentations in theatre, music, dance, visual art, creative writing, and film. And each summer, we present an impressive lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.

Audition Requirements

Audio or video files #1 and #2: Choose two representative solo works of contrasting style, demonstrating tone, technical facility and interpretation.

Additional Opportunities


Dr. Kaju Lee

Instructor of High School Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

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