Advanced Piano

June 16-22, 2019

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:

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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.

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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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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