Piano Summer Program for Grades 6-9

If you seek an encouraging community of artists where you can achieve unparalleled musical growth, our three-week Piano Summer Program is an opportunity for you to gain solo and collaborative experience, as well as improve your overall abilities and experience at the piano. During your time here, you will be guided by a highly skilled, supportive piano faculty as you experience the joy of performing with other talented pianists from around the world.

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 3-6
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

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 faculty members have graduate degrees in music and extensive teaching experience at the pre-college level.

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.

Seminars on performance topics such as Performing, Practicing, and Piano Literature.

Applied Musicianship classes focusing on sight reading and ensembles, technique study and keyboard theory.

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.

Supervised practice time on the 240 pianos throughout Interlochen’s scenic campus.

Round out your experience with one elective class outside the piano curriculum. Your elective may be in music, or you can take the opportunity to explore another art form.

When not in class, you'll have countless opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and renowned guest artist presentations in a variety of art forms.

Audition Requirements

Audio or video files #1 and #2: Two solo works of contrasting style. There is no required repertoire for intermediate applicants but the audition should demonstrate the applicant's overall ability.

Concerto Competition

Students who attend both three-week sessions may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Intermediate Division's full orchestra or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.

Additional Opportunities

Each session of this program is three weeks long. Students may choose to attend both of the three-week sessions.  

Ninth grade is a year of choice: students in ninth grade may choose to apply either for this program or for the three- or six-week High School Piano Summer Program and/or the one-week High School Piano Institute

Jazz pianists who are interested in focusing on jazz study instead of piano are encouraged to apply for the three-week Jazz Summer Program for grades 6-9. 

Organ or pianists who are interested in focusing on organ study instead of piano are encouraged to apply for the three-week Organ Summer Program for grades 6-9. Inexperienced organists with a strong piano background are welcome to apply.

A Typical Day At Interlochen

9:00 a.m. Supervised Practice Hour or Private Lesson. Students receive two private lessons per week. 

10:00 a.m. Piano Recital / Masterclass Hour. Depending on the day, this hour will include masterclasses, studio classes, and formal recitals.

11:00 a.m. Applied Musicianship Class. This small group class focuses on sight reading and ensembles, technique study, and keyboard theory. 

2:00 p.m. Non-Piano Elective Class. Topics include: creative writing, theatre, film, dance, or visual arts

3:00 p.m. Piano Seminar. Topics include: performing, practicing, and piano literature.

4:00 p.m. Supervised Practice Hour. Piano instructors are available for assistance during this supervised practice period.

Evening Activities. Depending on the evening, this could include: attending one of the many arts events and performances on Interlochen's campus, cabin events, camp life activities, and much more.


Dr. Johan Botes

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Assistant Professor of Piano, Marshall University

Dr. Kasandra Keeling

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Professor and Coordinatorof Keyboard Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Susan Osborn

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Keyboard skills faculty, Northwestern University. Private and group piano instructor, Northwestern Music Academy, IL

Dr. Ruthanne Schempf

Instructor of Intermediate Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Faculty, SUNY-New Paltz; member of the Poné Ensemble for New Music

Dr. Jocelyn Swigger

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor of Music, Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College

Dr. Esther Wang

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor, Gustavus Adolphus College

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