USA Piano Camp

USA Piano Camp: Music of Frédéric Chopin
July 10-14, 2017
July 15 - Student Recital - 10am

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Registration Deadline: June 1st, 2017

USA Piano CampWe are excited to offer this workshop to pianists age 11 through adult. The camp will focus on the music of Frédéric Chopin. Daily classes will focus on technique, theory, form and literature. Students will take mini-lessons and master classes with nationally renowned experts and USA piano faculty.

Students should bring 1 or 2 piano pieces to study during the workshop. Pieces by Chopin are recommended but not required.

Registered students may perform at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15th, at the Student Recital in the Laidlaw Recital Hall. Admission is free to the public.

Recitals by Piano Camp Faculty featuring the works of Chopin will be given Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and are included in the workshop fee. General admission tickets for faculty recitals will be sold daily at the door of the Recital Hall in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center for $5.00.

The daily schedule includes:

  • Classes on music theory and reading/analyzing music

  • Classes on Romantic music

  • Special topics presentations by piano camp faculty

  • Daily private mini-lesson with faculty

  • Daily master class with faculty

  • Practice time

  • Students will need to bring a sack lunch with drink!!

  • No on-campus lodging is available


Registration Fee (in addition to Piano Workshop fee) . . . . . . . .$25.00

Piano Workshop fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $275.00

A $25 discount will be given for students who achieved “OO” in District and for groups of siblings.

Workshop Faculty

 Dr. Robert AulerDr. Robert Auler

Dr. Robert Auler, is a Professor of Music at State University of New York at Oswego. He received his D.M.A. from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Auler has won first prize in national and international piano competitions, including the Society of American Musicians and the Stravinsky Awards. Auler has performed on six continents, including performances throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, China, South Africa and New Zealand. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, and Shanghai Symphony Hall. Auler has performed in notable summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Monadnock Festival, the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and Festival A Tiempo Caracas (Venezuela). He has collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, Carter Pann, and George Tsontakis, and with world-class ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, MIRO Quartet and Sybarite5. The New York Times commends Robert Auler’s playing for its “extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression.”

Dr. Kevin AyeshDr. Kevin Ayesh

Dr. Kevin Ayesh, received his Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from the University of Texas; his master’s and doctorate degrees are from the University of Maryland. At Blue Ridge Community College (an all-Steinway School), Ayesh teaches courses in applied and class piano, as well as music theory, history, and appreciation. As a North Carolina Visiting Artist for four years, he appeared before thousands across that state, performing as many as 75 recitals in a season. Ayesh is in frequent demand as performer, adjudicator, and clinician. In 2013 he was the guest artist-teacher at the Lindlar International Piano Festival in Germany; in 2011 he presented a master class at Hong Kong Baptist University. He has adjudicated Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) auditions for the Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and has been a featured clinician at both the Georgia and South Carolina Music Educators Association conventions. He has been a finalist in several national and international competitions, was awarded Second Prize at the Wideman International Piano Competition, and won both Third Prize and Composer's Prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition.

Dr. Robert HolmDr. Holm

Dr. Robert Holm, a Steinway Artist since 2010, is Professor of Music and head of the piano division at the University of South Alabama, principal pianist for the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and pianist at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. Holm has appeared as soloist with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Alabaster (AL) Symphony, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Youth Symphony, and Mobile Symphonic Pops. He has performed as soloist and collaborative artist at Steinway Hall in London, at Shaoxing University (China), at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, at Lakehead University (Canada) and has given solo programs extensively throughout the United States. At USA, Holm has given 46 solo recitals including sonata cycles by Mozart and Beethoven and over 200 collaborative recitals.

Dr. James HeltonDr. James Helton

Dr. James Helton, pianist, is a Professor of Music at Ball State University, Indiana, where he teaches studio piano and coordinates the accompanying program. An active performer, Helton has been heard in many states throughout the U.S. as recitalist, collaborator, and orchestra soloist working with Pulitzer Prize winning composers George Crumb, William Bolcom, Lucas Foss and Joseph Schwantner. At the University of Illinois, Helton completed a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature with a cognate in Musicology and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance/Pedagogy. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and currently serves on the Indiana state board in two capacities: as chairperson of Collegiate Performance Competitions and as chairperson of first state Committee on Collaborative Arts.