Piano Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Piano

Whether you're playing as a soloist or alongside an ensemble, the piano is a dynamic and powerful instrument. During this piano summer camp, you'll immerse yourself in an intense artistic experience that will leave a lifelong impact on your musicality.

What You'll Learn

At Interlochen, you'll develop your musicianship and performance skills working alongside our esteemed piano faculty. Topics and courses may include:

  • Private lessons with a member of our distinguished piano faculty
  • Master classes with renowned guest artists
  • Twice-weekly studio classes
  • A featured composer for each session
  • Seminar on music by underrepresented composers
  • Daily topic seminars, including:
    • The Art of Practicing
    • The Art of Performing
    • The Art of Collaborative Playing
    • Piano Wellness
    • Piano Literature
    • College Audition Prep
  • Music Theory
  • In addition to your twice-weekly piano lessons, students have the option to take a once-weekly organ lesson. Organ lessons include participation in a daily organ seminar.
  • Students will have reserved practice time at one of our +240 pianos

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 23, 2024 to July 13, 2024
  • SESSION 2: July 14, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

Meet the Faculty

Our piano summer faculty include professional musicians and educators from some of the best institutions in the world.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All faculty


Johan Botes

Johan Botes, D.M.A

Instructor of Piano

Ya-Ju Chuang

Ya-Ju Chuang, D.M.A.

Collaborative Pianist

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Anna Grudskaya, D.M.A.

Instructor of Piano

Naomi Niskala

Naomi Niskala, D.M.A.

Instructor of Piano

Stephen Pierce

Stephen Pierce

Instructor of Piano

Robert Satterlee

Robert Satterlee

Instructor of Piano

Jason Terry headshot

Jason Terry, D.M.A., NCTM

Instructor of Piano

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Hamilton Tescarollo, D.M.A.

Instructor of Piano

Esther Wang

Esther Wang, D.M.A.

Instructor of Piano

Guest Artists

Students will have the opportunity to meet distinguished guest artists. Previous guest clinicians include:

  • Sarah Cahill, award-winning pianist
  • Alan Chow, Eastman School of Music
  • James Giles, Northwestern University
  • Olga Kern, famed international pianist
  • Jon Nakamatsu, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist
  • Awadagin Pratt, acclaimed concert pianist
  • Conrad Tao, Grammy-nominated
  • Nelita True, University of Rochester
  • Andre Watts, Jacobs School of Music
  • Robert Weirich, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

While at Interlochen, you will have the opportunity to perform in student recitals, during master classes, and collaboratively with other musicians.

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.

Performance Venues

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.

A girl and boy at an electric piano

I have made so many close friends and I have also improved musically. I feel like I have learned so much. Being able to perform in ensemble groups with other musicians is my favorite experience. Another reason why Interlochen is so amazing is because of the likemindedness that everyone shares. When you're at Interlochen, you can be yourself.

Kestrel, Piano