USA Piano Camp

USA Piano Camp: Bach and the Baroque Era
June 24-28, 2019

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Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019

USA Piano CampWhat this Piano Workshop featuring music of Bach and the Baroque Era is all about...

We are excited to offer this workshop to pianists age 11 through adult. The camp will focus on the music of Bach and the Baroque Era. 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 from Bach and the Baroque Era are recommended but not required.

Registered students will attend classes each day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Friday, June 28, students may perform at 1:00 p.m. at the Student Recital in the Laidlaw Recital Hall. Admission for the Student Recital is free.

Recitals by Piano Camp Faculty featuring the music of Bach and the Baroque Era 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 music

  • Classes on Bach and Baroque Era music

  • Special topic presentations by piano camp faculty

  • Daily private mini-lesson with faculty

  • Daily master class with faculty

  • Practice time

  • Students need to bring a sack lunch!! Water will be provided.

  • 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

Ellen ElderDr. Ellen Elder is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy and class piano.  She is an active collaborator with USM faculty and guest artists, and has performed throughout the United States and South America as soloist, collaborator, and masterclass clinician. Elder is the winner of many competitions and awards, both for solo performance and teaching. She was the first place winner of the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Competition and the Lansing Matinee Musicale Competition, and second place winner of the Memphis International Beethoven Sonata Competition. In March 2010, she competed in the 7th International J. S. Bach Competition in Würzburg, Germany, and was one of thirty-seven pianists (one of three chosen from the U.S.) chosen to compete in the 2006 Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition in Leipzig. Elder holds the D.M.A. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan. She has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Schoolcraft College, and William Carey University. She has taught at the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen, the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute, and the FestivalSouth Piano Concerto Academy.

Dr. James Helton is Professor James Heltonof Music Performance at Ball State University, where he teaches piano and chamber music and coordinates accompanying activities. Prior academic appointments include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Visiting Lecturer, 1998-2000) and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, (Artist Teacher of Piano, 1993-1998). He is quite active in the Music Teachers National Association, having served as the Chairperson of Performance Competitions for the East Central Division. Helton maintains an active schedule as a soloist, a collaborative performer and as an adjudicator and teacher of master classes. He has performed throughout most of the United States and in the Czech Republic, Spain, and Thailand. He has had the pleasure of working with Pulitzer Prize winning composers George Crumb, William Bolcom, Lucas Foss and Joseph Schwantner in concerts broadcast over public radio and television. Helton earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Literature (cognates in musicology and piano pedagogy) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His principal teachers were Ian Hobson and Janice Hodges.

Robert HolmDr. Robert Holm, a Steinway Artist since 2010, is Professor of Music and head of the piano division at the University of South Alabama, and principal pianist for the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Holm Received a D.M.A. from University of Illinois. 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 South Alabama, Holm has given 52 solo recitals including sonata cycles by Mozart and Beethoven and over 250 collaborative recitals with faculty and guest artists. In June 2019, Holm and violinist Jenny Grégoire recently performed recitals at 3 Universities in Brazil.

Dr. Scott Schwab maintains anScott Schwab
active career as a performer and teacher. He is the recipient of prizes and awards including the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, the Sarah C. Manion Award for Excellence in Piano, the Lamont Recital of Distinction, and others. He has performed at locations such as Steinway Hall (NYC), Vianden Castle (Luxembourg), and in Denver with members of the Colorado Symphony. Prior to joining the piano faculty of University of South Alabama, Dr. Schwab held a position on the piano faculty of Casper College in Wyoming, and previously taught courses in class piano at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado. Dr. Schwab believes strongly in educating students in habits of healthy piano-playing as a basis for achieving their musical goals—he holds certification in the Lister-Sink Method for Injury Preventive Keyboard Technique, having studied the Method with Barbara Lister-Sink and Jamie Haguenauer, and Evelyne Brancart.