USA Piano Camp

USA Piano Camp: 20th Century Music
July 9-13, 2018

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Registration Deadline: June 1st, 2018

USA Piano CampWe are excited to offer this workshop to pianists age 11 through adult. The camp will focus on the music of the 20th Century. 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 the 20th Century are recommended but not required.


Registered students may perform at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13, at the Student Recital in the Laidlaw Recital Hall. Admission is free to the public.

Recitals by Piano Camp Faculty featuring 20th Century music 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 20th Century 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

 Axel LenarduzziAxel Lenarduzzi

Axel Lenarduzzi is a Professor at the Claude Debussy Conservatory of the 17th District in Paris, France. Axel Lenarduzzi began his studies at the Conservatoire d'Asnieres near Paris, winning the first prize for piano in the class of Jacqueline Durand. He continued his course of study and received the diploma of the National Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt and received the award from the Conservatoire National of the region of Montpellier. He went on to study at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, completed an apprenticeship in the Salzburg Festival and studied in Rome. In Rome, He was awarded the Diplôme supérieur de perfectionnement à l’unanimité issued by the prestigious Académie nationale supérieure Santa Cecilia, and earned under the teachings of Sergio Perticaroli. Prize winner of international competitions in Italy, France and Belgium, Axel Lenarduzzi appears regularly in Italy and in France, where he has been featured in numerous festivals as soloist and collaborative musician. In 2003, Lenarduzzi and Holm performed at the International Liszt Competition in Italy. In 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2015 Lenarduzzi performed as soloist and in duo recitals with Holm throughout the United States.

Michael GurtMichael Gurt

Michael Gurt is the Paula Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University. He won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 1982, and was a prize-winner in international competitions in Pretoria, South Africa, and Sydney, Australia. He has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Capetown Symphony, the China National Symphony Orchestra, and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. He has made solo appearances in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) in New York, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, City Hall in Hong Kong, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia, Baxter Hall in Capetown, South Africa, and the Attaturk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Gurt serves as Piano Mentor at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland, and was the chair of the piano department at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival from 1987 through 2007. Gurt holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School.

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.