The University of Tulsa summer piano camp is open to intermediate to advanced level piano students, grades 9-12. The camp is scheduled for June 5-9, 2023. Students will work with TU piano faculty and attend seminars, workshops, and presentations designed to equip pianists with the necessary skills for a career in music or to simply enrich their lives through music performance and informed listening. The 2023 camp will feature a guest artist. This five-day program also features performances by TU faculty, students, and alumni, plus plenty of opportunities to connect with other student musicians. Students younger than 9th grade will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The piano faculty at TU’s School of Music specializes in teaching:
- Injury-free approaches to playing the piano
- Performing music with technical freedom and beauty of tone production
- Awareness of stylistic aspects of the repertoire
- An emphasis on the characteristics of the various national schools of piano performance.
Faculty and performers for the camp include University of Tulsa faculty, alumni, and professional musicians whose careers as artist-teachers and performers are well-established and widely respected throughout the nation. Specific instructors will be announced at a later date. Current TU music students, winners of the Patty Johnson Wilson Pianist-Scholar award and the Parriott Scholarship, will also perform. Students will also have the opportunity to work with a guest artist.
Classes and Curriculum
Classes start at 9 a.m. each morning with a lunch break from noon to 12:50 p.m. Students are responsible for providing their own lunches. Classes conclude at 5 p.m. The educational focus of the camp encompasses aspects of piano literature, professional piano skills, and chamber music. Students will participate in both private lessons and masterclasses with TU Faculty.
Location and Facilities
The TU Academy for Pianists will be held on the campus of The University of Tulsa. All events will take place in the Lorton Performance Center, home of the TU School of Music.
Student pianists should prepare two performance-ready pieces to work on during camp. One piece can be “in progress” as the first choice to work on in lessons and masterclasses with camp faculty.
On Wednesday, June 7 at 1:30 p.m., students will have the opportunity to participate in a piano competition. Students must perform, from memory, one piece (or one movement from a sonata/sonatina) from the standard concert repertoire. Cash prizes will be awarded.
To register for the competition, please email email@example.com with your name, a contact phone number, your teacher’s name and contact information, and the name of the piece you will play for the competition.
Camp Fees and Registration
- Tuition is $325 per student; due by May 4.
- Discounted early bird rate is $300; due before April 13.
- After May 4, tuition is $350 per student.
To enroll, complete the camp registration form and submit payment online. See above for information regarding the special Early Bird Enrollment Discount. Full payment is due on or before May 4, for the TU Academy for Pianists. Limited scholarship assistance is available for qualifying students based on financial need.
If you intend to pay with a check, please make it payable to “TU Academy for Pianists,” include the student’s name in the memo line and mail to:
TU Academy for Pianists
School of Music
The University of Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104
For more information, please contact Stu Deaver.