The goal of the Piano Institute is to provide a concentrated week of stimulating musical activities within a Christian environment which will motivate and encourage students in their piano studies and in life.
- Dr. Richard Lange (Coordinator, Master Classes, Piano Lessons)
- Sonja Grimes (Piano Lessons)
- Pamela Sohriakoff (Piano Lessons)
- Dr. Paul Wirth (Master Classes, Piano Lessons, Recitals)
- Marvin Blickenstaff (Master Classes, Piano Lessons)
Schedule—June 22-26, 2020
- 8:30–8:40 a.m.—Devotions
- 8:40–11:45 a.m.—Classes/lessons
- 11:45 a.m.—Lunch
- 12:45–3:15 p.m.—Classes/lessons
- 3:15–4 p.m.—Master Class
- 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday—Faculty Recital and College Student Recital
Activities include: Daily lessons, daily devotions, ensemble experience, and classes including Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Piano Literature, Performance, and Improvisation.
The Friday Ensemble Recital features duets and trios learned during the Institute. Students must prepare a memorized piece prior to the Institute and perform that piece during a Saturday Solo Recital. Recitals are located in the carousels and the choir room of the Totino Fine Arts Center.
- Friday: 4:30 p.m.—Ensemble Recital
- Saturday: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.—Solo Recitals
The Institute is open to enthusiastic piano students ages 10–18 who are playing at an intermediate to advanced level (level 5 method book and above). Students will be grouped according to age and ability.
If you are new to the Piano Institute, please submit an audio or video recording of one piece from current repertoire. This audition can be submitted as part of your online application.
Application and Registration
Step 1: All interested students must apply online. If you are a first time applicant to the Piano Institute please include a video/audio recording with your online application. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee.
Step 2: Upon acceptance into the Piano Institute you will receive a tuition statement via email. You can make payments online, by calling the office, or by sending in a check.
- Applications accepted starting: March 1, 2020
- Application deadline: June 15, 2020
- Payment deadline: June 15, 2020
- Late Registration Fee: $20
Lunch - $50
- Students may bring a sack lunch, or
- Lunch is available in the campus cafeteria (Choose this option when you apply online.)
Lodging - $250
- Ages 13 and older only
- University of Northwestern dormitory check-in is on Sunday (June 21) at 7 p.m. (includes A/C & private bathroom)
- Planned evening activities and swimming are available to students.
- Adult supervision provided.
- Cost includes all meals. Dorms are equipped with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator for breakfast and evening meals.
A Word From Parents
"I wanted to write to let you know that the Piano Institute was one of [our student's] highlights of the summer. She learned so much and grew in so many areas—thank you for all you and the other professors did to make the week such a wonderful experience. She is already looking forward to next year!"
- 50% refund if student withdraws after the application deadline
- Application Fee is nonrefundable