Anderson University’s Piano and Composition Camp is a unique program that allows young pianists to not only develop their piano and musicianship skills but also to learn how to compose their own pieces by learning fundamental skills of music theory and composition. It will also be a great opportunity for them to make new friends from all over the world!
AU Piano and Composition Camp provides comprehensive instruction for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players with no audition required for ages 7 to 19 years (high school seniors). The overall focus of this one-week camp is developing a good technique of piano playing and music writing while improving overall musicianship. This camp also allows students to play and write music from non-classical music genres such as film and popular music.
Faculty members of the camp will teach private and small group lessons to participants. Students will have the pleasure of playing various ensemble repertoires for more than one pianist and hearing their own compositions performed at the camp’s closing recital. At the beginning of the camp, students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and level of advancement, and faculty will select the appropriate repertoire for them to learn. Campers will also enjoy classes each day to develop skills in ear training, music theory, composition, and notation software.
Piano and Composition Camp is a daytime experience for students ages 7-19 (high school seniors). If families would like to attend from out of state or abroad, they may reserve housing on campus. Housing is furnished and includes a kitchen, but food is not included. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must stay in campus housing with any minors.
The cost for housing is $22 per person each night; the cost for linens is per person and includes bed linens and towels.
The camp is designed for students ages 7-19 (high school seniors).
July 6-10, 2021
This is a day camp, with students arriving at 9 a.m. each day and departing at 4 p.m.
Early Bird $360 before June 1st
Regular cost $380 after June 1st
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Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn writes music inspired by the natural world. Born in Seoul, Korea, Dr. Ahn holds degrees from Yonsei University, Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University. Her compositions include orchestral, chamber, and theatrical works that have been widely performed in South Korea, the United States, Europe, and South America. Dr. Ahn currently works as an assistant professor and artist in residence at Anderson University. She also serves as a chair for Opus Composition Festival, a chair of the Commissioned Composer program at IMTA, and as a president of the non-profit community serving group, Sound of Hope.
Winner of the 2018 Christine Clark/Theodore Front Prize of the IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music), her achievements include being chosen as a composer for ISCM New Music Days, receiving the Excellence in Composition prize at the IBCF (International Brass Chamber Music Festival, Ky.), and being a finalist for the Respighi Composition Competitions of the 2014 season. Caroline was also selected as one of the finalists of the Sioux Symphony Orchestra as ‘Composer of the Year’ in 2014. Caroline won the Donghak Civil War theme song competition in Korea in the same year. Commissions include the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Kaeum String Orchestra, ‘The 3Beats’ trio, Carmel City (Ind.) to write the opening and finale music of Carmel Festival (Ind.) in July 2012, the New York Classical Players, the Inspirare Trio, the IKTUS Percussion Quartet, the ISO Player group, the IMTA Commissioned Composer of the year of 2015, the Indiana State Contemporary Music Festival, the Cramped Spaces, the Mirus Trio, and many more.
Learn more about her commissions and awards on her professional website.
Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn
Artist in Residence
Assistant Professor of Music
DM, Indiana University
MM and MA, Eastman School of Music
BM Yonsei University
Doyeon Diane Kim, a native of South Korea, will serve as piano faculty and the international student director for the Anderson University Piano and Composition camp.
She has made her way across the globe with performances as a soloist and chamber musician at diverse festivals and music venues in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She was also invited as an artist for guest artist series and exchange artist series during her studies and has performed at schools such as Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and Oberlin School of Music. In 2010, she made her debut in NYC with New York Concerti Symphonietta as a concerto soloist and also as a solo pianist at Carnegie Weill Hall. Having started her music study at the age of 5, Dr. Kim studied with Edward Auer in Indiana University for her Bachelor’s degree and has been fully supported by Rackham Graduate Fellowship during her studies at the University of Michigan where she earned her Master’s Degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Arthur Greene.
In 2015, to celebrate the centenary of Scriabin’s death, Dr. Kim released her first album of a selection of the Scriabin’s Preludes, including a complete set of Op. 11. In 2016, she released her second album of music with stories to explore and create a new genre. “Classical Ballade” is available on Amazon, iTunes, and other streaming sites.
She is currently teaching at Gyeongsang National University and Paichai University in South Korea.
Pianist Yuta Sugano is known for interpretations that integrate his experience in historical performance practice and piano technology. An avid performer, he has appeared as soloist in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain, and the United States, among others.
Yuta began his piano studies at the age of five, and by age eleven he made his concerto debut performing with the Kansai Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Japan. He has since been a recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships including Meiko Miyazawa Award, Yamaha President’s Award (Japan), Glenn E. LeClair Graduate Piano Award (USA), and Zodiac Music Academy’s Chamber Musician Award (France). An active chamber musician, Yuta Sugano has collaborated with notable clarinetists Boris Allakhverdyan, Stanislav Golovin, and Emil Khudyev, cellists Emanuel Gruber and Kenji Sasaki, and violinist-conductor Farhkhad Khudyev. His recently released solo CD Romanticism in 1828, published by Rose Planet label in Japan, has won glowing reviews from multiple critics and media outlets.
Former teachers and mentors include Kazuko Akiya, Yoshikazu Nagai, Arthur Greene, Steven Spooner, and Meiko Miyazawa. While at the University of Michigan, Yuta also studied historical performance practice and the fortepiano extensively with renowned fortepianist, Penelope Crawford.
When he is not performing, Yuta enjoys all things piano. He apprenticed with the piano technology department while at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. There he was trained to tune, service, and rebuild keyboard instruments including the harpsichord, fortepiano, as well as the modern piano. At the University of Michigan, he worked as an assistant piano technician, overseeing the practice room pianos. He has served as guest artist and speaker at the yearly C. F. Theodore Steinway Technical Academy at Oberlin Conservatory since 2009.
As a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Yuta has appeared as presenter and performer at both state and national conferences. He is currently on the faculty at the Arts Academy at the Steinway Gallery of Detroit and is a visiting lecturer of piano and music theory at the Illumine Star Academy in Ontario, Canada.
DM, University of Kansas
MM, University of Michigan
BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Agnieszka Zick is a Polish-born pianist and educator. She performs as a soloist, chamber, and orchestra musician. Recently she has been a featured soloist with The Florida Wind Band in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. She performs regularly with a chamber group Amici Musicali in Tampa Bay area, and in 2017 she toured her native Poland (Poznań, Łódź, and Warsaw). Zick also enjoys collaborating as an orchestra pianist (Chautauqua Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, USF Symphony Orchestra, Life Sciences Orchestra, and The Florida Wind Band). Festival appearances include the Chautauqua Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Wiener Meisterkurse, Zakopane Academy of Art, Summer Music Academy in Kraków, and International Master Courses in Zamość and Białystok in Poland.
Zick maintains a keen interest in contemporary repertoire. She has worked with composers Louis Andriessen, David del Tredici, Augusta Read Thomas, and David Liptak. She commissioned works by Tyler Kline and Roger Zare and will perform and record them this coming year.
In addition to performing, Zick is passionate about piano pedagogy. She was active in the Music Teachers National Association in Florida and Michigan (president of the University of Michigan MTNA Collegiate Chapter). Zick adjudicated several regional competitions and presented for the Oakland Teachers Piano Guild, Michigan. Conferences presentation include Michigan Music Teachers Association State Conference, Piano Pedagogy Symposium in Ohio, and Ann Arbor Teachers Guild.
Agnieszka Zick holds degrees from the F. Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland, the University of South Florida (Piano Performance; Chamber Music), and a DMA in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan. Zick was on a faculty at Eckerd College, Schoolcraft College Piano Academy, and as a sabbatical replacement at the University of South Florida. Currently, she is a Piano Instructor at Berkley Preparatory School - Music Conservatory, and a pianist at Bayshore Baptist Church. Zick is a recipient of the 2018 Hillsborough County Professional Development Artist Grant.
DMA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI — Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance
MM, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL — Master of Music in Piano Performance Double Major: Master of Music in Chamber Music
BM, Frederic Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland — Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance; Certification in Piano Pedagogy Studies