April 21, 2011

School of Music plans summer piano camp

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Piano students have a camp to call their own at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Three School of Music piano faculty members offer for the first time a summer piano camp for students from seventh grade through the collegiate level. The camp runs June 26 through July 1, and registration is open now. Campers may choose to live on the SIUC campus during the camp, or may commute.

Though having fun and enjoying music is, of course, the goal, this camp is for serious piano students. Students should be at the late intermediate to advanced level, and should come to camp with the minimum of a six-minute repertoire, one minute of which should be performance ready. The repertoire should include two or more contrasting pieces of movements from the standard classical piano literature.

The camp includes s summer piano competition. Those interested in competing should prepare a repertoire of no less than 15 minutes comprised of at least three pieces showing different styles or from different time periods. Top prizes include all or partial reimbursement of camp tuition, or for those preparing to enter SIUC in 2011 or 2012 as a piano major, a full or partial tuition waiver. Winning competitors will also perform during the showcase recital, and the first place winner will be a feature at the 2012 camp.

Piano faculty are: Junghwa Lee, associate professor of piano and coordinator of the keyboard department, with performance credits on four continents; Yuko Kato, assistant professor of piano, with performances at the top venues in the United States to her credit; and Cully Bell, coordinator of piano pedagogy and class piano, and a multiple-winner of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association Young Artist Competition and many venues as a collaborative performer.

For more information, including a registration form and explanation of fees, visit http://music.siuc.edu and follow the link on the home page.