Advanced Piano

June 24 - 30, 2018
For students completing grades 8–12

Designed for senior high pianists at advanced levels of performance. Classes include private lessons, development of individual artistry, and elective classes including: ensemble music, accompanying and beginning jazz improvisation. Recitals, topic classes, and masterclasses complete the curriculum. Practice time is available on grand pianos in state-of-the-art facilities.

Here is what a typical day in the Pre-College Advanced Piano program will look like:

  • 8:15- 8:20 am:  Meet with Instructor
  • 8:20-9:45 am: Individual practice/ lessons
  • 10:00- 10:45 am:  Piano Elective Classes
  • 11:00- 11:45am: Special Programs/Master Classes
  • Noon- 1:00: lunch
  • 1:00- 1:05 pm:  Meet with Instructor
  • 1:05-3:15 pm: Individual Practice/Lessons
  • 3:20-3:30: Meet briefly with Instructor
  • 3:45-4:45 pm: Electives
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
  • 10:30 pm- lights out

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Program Faculty Artists

Dr. Rochelle Sennet, Associate Professor of Piano
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Rochelle Sennet has established herself as a well-known performer, teacher, and scholar. Her recital programs showcase her versatility at the keyboard, with frequent performances of works by Bach, Beethoven, and African American composers such as H. Leslie Adams, Adolphus Hailstork, James Lee III, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Walker. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree from University of Michigan, Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Illinois, all in piano performance.  

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Dr. Artina McCain, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis

Described as a pianist with "power and finesse" (Dallas Arts Society), Artina McCain, enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, educator and lecturer. She has performed nationally and internationally throughout Europe, China, and the United States. McCain's solo and chamber performances have been heard on radio shows in Chicago, Austin, Toronto, and Hong Kong.

A passionate pedagogue, Dr. McCain won the Austin District Music Teacher Association award for collegiate teacher of the year. Her recent lecture topics include a variety of pedagogical topics, arts entrepreneurship and performance injury. As a strong advocate of performance injury prevention, she has presented numerous lectures on Muscle Activation Techniques at music teacher conferences, universities, and local music teacher associations. She hosts an annual Musicians Wellness Forum in Austin, TX, which explores the benefits and options for alternative care. Her article on performance injury and Muscle Activation Techniques was published in Clavier Companion and she is a regular contributor of score reviews for the magazine.