The St. Olaf Summer Piano Academy offers serious young pianists a unique opportunity to work closely with professional piano faculty from the internationally renowned St. Olaf College music department. This intense week enables young artists to develop and refine their abilities in a stimulating and supportive musical environment.
The Piano Academy Program
The academy’s intensive 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.
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.
Each day includes classes and rehearsals, elective recreation, and time to enjoy the award-winning meals. Evenings consists of faculty, counselor and camper recitals followed by social and recreational events in conjunction with the Summer Music Camp.
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 an audition recording (CD or cassette). The recording should be representative of your current repertoire level, approximately 10 minutes in length andcan include excerpts from longer pieces. Rolling admission ends May 1 or when academy capacity is met.
Room and Board
Students are housed in comfortable, secure residence halls. Stav Hall, the college cafeteria, offers healthful choices including a salad bar, hot entrees, grilled meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, and desserts. Princeton Review ranks St. Olaf food service No. 11 in the nation for best campus food.
Airport Shuttle Service for Piano Academy
Since many students come from out of state, the camp provides a fee-based shuttle service to and from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. More information about shuttles can be found on the registration site.
Friends and Family Information
Academy recitals are open to the public. Please register at the music organizations office in Christiansen Hall of Music if you come to campus during the week. Family tickets for Saturday lunch may be purchased at the door of Stav Hall, cafeteria in Buntrock Commons, for $8.50 (plus tax). Lunch is included for the students.
Piano Academy Fees
Residential Fee: $700
Registrations received on or before April 1.
Residential fee includes housing, all meals, class materials, two half-hour private lessons and an academy t-shirt.*Students interested in attending camp as a commuter should call the academy office at (507)-786-3042 for details and fees.
St. Olaf College
St. Olaf College is located in historic Northfield, Minnesota, just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The self-contained campus is set atop wooded Manitou Heights, affording striking views of neighboring farmland and the city of Northfield. This serene setting provides an ideal atmosphere for youth camps and other summer groups. Students enjoy a beautiful, safe environment that fosters creativity in an energizing, nurturing environment. During the academic year, St. Olaf is home to nearly 3,000 students, about one-third of whom participate in a St. Olaf music ensemble.
Written cancellation received by May 1 will receive a refund less a $100 non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be made after May1.