Advanced Piano Summer Program for Grades 3-6

Designed for the highly skilled and motivated young pianist, the four-week Advanced Piano Summer Program is a life-changing summer opportunity. You will grow as a musician and develop skills as you tackle challenging literature and take music classes with our experienced and encouraging faculty.

Program length: 4 weeks
Program dates:
June 28, 2020 to July 25, 2020
Tuition: $6,900
Age range: Students currently in grades 2-6
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

At Interlochen, you will live, learn, and perform with other talented students from around the world who share your passion for music.

Enrollment in the Advanced Piano Summer Program is limited to eight students. We recommend early application to ensure your place in the program.

Students participate in:

  • Weekly private lessons with our nationally-recognized faculty.
  • Performance opportunities, including Advanced Junior Piano Recitals and Junior Honors Recitals (learn more about auditioning for the Junior Honors Recital).
  • Chamber music activities, which include collaboration with students from the Advanced Junior Strings program, and opportunities to perform with other Advanced Junior pianists in two piano, eight-hand ensembles.
  • Piano hour: Daily class that includes performance topics, practice strategies, master classes, listening activities, piano literature, music history lessons, an exploration of keyboard instruments, and other topics. 
  • Daily Applied Musicianship classes: Small group classes focusing on technique, keyboard theory, aural exercises and dictation. 
  • Two daily supervised practice sessions on some of the 240 pianos on Interlochen’s scenic campus.
  • Round out your experience with an elective class. You can choose electives in music, or use the opportunity to study another art form.


Audition Requirements

Prepare and record two works that represent your overall ability.

Submit these as two (2) video audition files containing one (1) work each. Works must be memorized. Examples of the appropriate level of solo repertoire include but are not limited to:

  • Bach: 2-part Inventions
  • Beethoven: Sonatas, Op. 49
  • Mozart: Sonata, K. 545

Honors Recital Competition

Students may compete for the opportunity to perform on one of two special Honors Recitals scheduled during the four-week session. Students in the advanced piano program are strongly encouraged to apply. This competition is competitive and we advise that only advanced students should enter. Learn more about the Honors Recital competition.

Additional Opportunities

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Gayle Kowalchyk

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Piano Faculty, California State University, Northridge

Dr. Sheryl Iott

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute

Collaborative and solo pianist