June 16-22, 2013
The St. Olaf Summer Piano Academy offers high school-aged pianists an opportunity to work closely with professional piano faculty from the renowned St. Olaf College music department. This lively week enables young artists to develop and refine their abilities in a stimulating and supportive musical environment.
The Piano Academy Program – $700
This piano program includes:
Piano literature classes
Piano chamber ensembles
Instrumental ensembles as available
Students are required to bring well-prepared pieces from home to work on in lessons and to prepare for a recital performance. These repertoires should be noted on the registration form.
College Scholarship Competition
The St. Olaf Piano Academy will be awarding a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to one outstanding Piano Academy participant. The camper must be rising seniors and s/he must subsequently apply, be admitted to and enroll as first-year students at St. Olaf College for the fall 2014 term. The recipients will be chosen by the Academy faculty. All rising seniors will be considered for the award, which will be presented at the final recital on Saturday morning. The award will be a renewable scholarship for up to four years, for a total of $4,000. It requires only that the student continue piano lessons and participate in a St. Olaf ensemble.
Piano Academy Performances and Recitals
Recitals begin on Monday evening with performances by St. Olaf faculty and camp counselors that are sure to inspire campers. During the week, students are encouraged to participate in evening recitals. At the end of the week there will be two formal recitals featuring all of the academy students: a Friday evening chamber program and a Saturday morning solo recital. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Admission by Audition
The academy is open to high school students who have completed grades 8-12 and is by audition only. To apply, submit the registration form, piano teacher reference form, $100 deposit and audition recordings of two contrasting pieces or movements from two different works. The recordings should be representative of your current repertoire level, and approximately 10 minutes in total and can include excerpts from longer pieces. The recordings may be either video or audio files. You may attach the files to the registration form, or provide a YouTube (or similar) link to recordings online. Admission is on a rolling basis and ends May 1 or when academy capacity is met. If you need additional information or would like the forms mailed to you call 507-786-3042.