Advanced Piano

June 18 - June 24, 2017
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. Robert Carney, Associate Professor of Piano
Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO

Dr. Robert D. Carney is currently Associate Professor of Music at Southwest Baptist University where he teaches piano.  His students have been prizewinners in state, regional, and international competitions and have appeared with orchestra and performed at prestigious venues such as Merkin Hall in New York.  As a pedagogue, Carney has presented on topics ranging from technique and expression to using Web-based tools in the piano studio.  His current research focuses on using Web-based communities for facilitating independent learning and will be presented this spring in Vancouver for the College Music Society NW Regional Conference.  Carney has degrees from the University of North Texas (DMA) and Louisiana State University (MM) and has studied at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.  He spent last summer teaching at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  An active soloist and chamber musician, recent performances include concerto performances in Kansas City and Topeka and solo and chamber recitals in Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Tennessee, Michigan, and Missouri.

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Dr. Artina McCain, Assistant Professor of Piano
University of Memphis, TN

Pianist, Artina McCain enjoys a career as a pedagogue, solo and chamber musician nationally and internationally. Most recently, she has appeared at the Austin Civic Orchestra, Texas A&M International University Master Performers Series, Uptown/Downtown Concert Series and Cypress Creek FACE Promenade Series. Recent honors include an American Prize Winner, Austin Critics Table Award, and Global Music Award.

She graduated from Southern Methodist University, Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Texas at Austin. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Piano University of Memphis.

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Dr. Jonathan Sokasits, Professor of Piano
Hastings College, Hastings, NE

Jonathan Sokasits is Professor of Piano at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where he teaches studio piano and class piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and chamber music. He has previously served as Assistant Professor of Piano at Ithaca College, and as Instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Sokasits holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a student of Howard Karp and three-time recipient of prestigious Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Graduate Fellowships. He holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Applied Music from Ithaca College.

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