Piano at Arts Academy

Why Study Piano at Interlochen

At Interlochen, you'll develop your artistry and pianism while surrounded by dedicated peers. Guided and mentored by faculty who are supportive yet challenging, you'll refine your technical approach in a strong but comfortable manner. You'll develop your artistic approach through your teachers and by examining the historical and structural aspects of the repertoire. Working side by side with other aspiring musicians and artists of all disciplines, you'll expand your artistic vision beyond the piano and derive inspiration from all aspects of the arts.

What You’ll Learn

Whether you see yourself as a soloist, part of an ensemble, or entering a conservatory or commercial career, our piano training will set you on the path to reach your goals.

Select one of six tracks that best aligns with your interests. Learn through a combination of studio classes and private lessons tailored to your individual needs. With exceptional instructors, you'll hone your reading, technique, knowledge of repertoire, and expression.

Interlochen Arts Academy is the top-rated boarding school for piano. You’ll develop the presence and awareness necessary to identify technical gaps and the discipline needed to address them. You will also explore multiple genres and develop your versatility.

How to Apply

Core Curriculum

Audition Requirements

Meet the Faculty

Interlochen Arts Academy's piano faculty are internationally recognized for the quality of our students, and are present on campus throughout the week not only for lessons but for in-depth mentoring and frequent student contact. Learn more about Kara Huber and Thomas (T.J.) Lymenstull, the Academy’s lead piano instructors.

All Faculty

Kara Huber

Kara Huber, D.M.A.

Marjorie Wood Drackett Piano Chair

TJ Lymenstull

Thomas (T.J.) Lymenstull, D.M.A.

Instructor of Piano

Guest Artists

Guest artist master classes and performances bring inspiration and important artistic experiences. Recent guest artists include:

  • Jonathan Biss, educator
  • Kathryn Brown, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Jeremy Denk, educator
  • Pavlina Dokovska, The New School
  • Richard Goode, educator
  • Alexander Korsantia, New England Conservatory
  • Jerome Lowenthal, The Juilliard School
  • Panayis Lyras, educator
  • Robert McDonald, The Juilliard School
  • Spencer Myer, Daurov/Myer Duo
  • Logan Skelton, University of Michigan
  • Boris Slutsky, Johns Hopkins University
  • Barry Snyder, University of Rochester
  • Steven Spooner, Johns Hopkins University
  • Conrad Tao, Grammy-nominated
  • Tian Ying, University of Miami

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

Piano students will have multiple performance opportunities with our various ensembles. Students may also participate in monthly solo and chamber recitals and annual concerto competitions. Please see our Explore Ensembles section below.

Piano Seminar & Technology Classes

Seniors participate in the highly coveted piano seminar course focusing on piano literature and keyboard skills. All students may participate in the piano technology course with our resident piano technician to learn the mechanics of the instrument and basic tuning.

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Explore Ensembles


Assembled at the faculty's discretion, chamber music ensembles are offered as electives in the Music division. Each ensemble is coached by one of the Arts Academy's acclaimed instrumental faculty.



A recipient of the American Prize, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs an advanced repertoire that includes symphonies, concerti, contemporary works, and original compositions.


Wind Symphony

The American Prize-winning Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony presents a diverse and challenging repertoire in regular live, prerecorded, and public radio performances.


Popular Music

Named for iconic backing bands of the 21st century, the Popular Music Ensembles provide hands-on learning opportunities for aspiring contemporary musicians.


‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’ | Chao Jun Yang, piano

Watch as Interlochen Arts Academy piano student and concerto contest winner Chao Jun Yang performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

My journey at Interlochen has been the most formative thing I’ve been through. It’s given me an idea of what is actually meaningful to me.

Miles, Classical and Jazz Performance

Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1 | Ludwig van Beethoven

Interlochen Arts Academy students Keon Koh (violin), Julian Naimon (cello), and Yimei Liang (piano) perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-fllat Major, Op. 1, No. 1 inside The Music Center.

College Matriculation

Recent Interlochen Arts Academy Music Division students have continued their education at the following institutions and beyond.

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Indiana University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Rice University
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University