Why Take Piano

Developing piano skills and collaborating with like-minded students and professional piano artists inspires one to pursue musical goals and become aware of the beauty of different musical styles. The appreciation of great art should last a lifetime, and we encourage all students to participate in whatever path their lives may take.

What You'll Learn

At Interlochen, you'll be met with an intensive schedule of master classes and lessons designed to prepare you for collegiate studies and beyond. You'll participate in advanced workshops on various historic performance styles, hone your own piano techniques and memorization skills, as well as explore movement with music.

Your hyper-focused week at Interlochen is designed to maximize your time at the piano and give you ample opportunities to observe and learn from your peers, faculty, and guest artists.

We offer special classes in:

  • Practice skills
  • Technique
  • Memorization
  • Alexander technique
  • Rhythm exercises through folk dancing

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
1 week
Program Dates
  • June 15, 2024 to June 21, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Accepting applications

Meet the Faculty

Our piano faculty has helped hundreds of students to build their competence at the piano and to perform with professional skills. As current performers themselves, it is their goal to encourage students to pursue their dreams.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous 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

Previous guest artists include:

    • Kathryn Brown, Cleveland Institute of Music
    • Pavlina Dokovska, The New School
    • Enrico Elisi University of Toronto
    • Christopher Harding University of Michigan
    • Jerome Lowenthal, The Juilliard School
    • Spencer Myer, Daurov/Myer Duo
    • John Perry University of Southern California
    • Ann Schein Yale University
    • Logan Skelton, University of Michigan
    • Nelita True, University of Rochester
    • Tian Ying, University of Miami

    Program Highlights

    Performance Opportunities and Venues

    Pianists will have several opportunities to perform in or attend student recitals. Students may also receive an invitation to perform live on Interlochen Public Radio. During this intensives you will have the opportunity to attend daily master classes with some of the world's leading pianists and teachers.

    Performance venues include the the 950-seat Corson Auditorium and the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

    Additional Opportunities

    Pianists who are interested in focusing on jazz study are encouraged to apply to the three-week high school Jazz Performance & Improvisation program, which immediately follows this intensive.

    Organists or pianists who are focused on organ study may apply for our three-week high school Organ summer program. Inexperienced organists with a strong piano background are welcome to apply.

    Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers six music programs for grades 9-12.