High School Piano Seminar

Friday, November 18, 2022

Grand Valley State University

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hs piano seminar

Calling high school piano students!

GVSU High School Piano Seminar is back! Join us on Friday, November 18, 2022 for a full day of piano activities. With the theme of “How to be an Artist-Citizen,” we will have an opportunity to hear from Karen Cueva at Carnegie Hall in NYC, learn to play the piano part for select songs by underrepresented composers, and think about how we can grow to be true artist-citizens. We will also have fun playing Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of Animals (four-hand version), some musical games, and build our own pianist-community. Please see below for details for the day and options for participation. Don’t hesitate to email Dr. Cho ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to GVSU campus!


(subject to change without notice)

8:30am Breakfast and Registration
9am Dr. Cho’s opening performance and remarks
9:30am Concerto Morning! (concerto performances by GVSU students)
10:20am Video Call with Karen Cueva, Carnegie Hall (NYC) - Weill Music Institute, Learning and Engagement Programs, Assistant Director
11:30am Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of Animals rehearsal OR Session on Sight-Reading
12pm Lunch and musical games
1pm Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of Animals OR Session on Memorization
2pm Solo Masterclass with Dr. Cho - Part I
2:30pm Observation: New Music Ensemble’s Sound-Painting 
2:50pm Solo Masterclass with Dr. Cho - Part II
3:30pm Snack time and Q&A
4pm Exploring Songs by Underrepresented Composers
5pm Final Concert


  • Registration fee is $15 for students, and free for teachers and students’ parents.
  • Lunch/snacks will be provided for students.
  • Register by October 31, 2022.
  • All the participating students will receive certificates.

Performance and Session Opportunities

Participating students can choose to play in any/all/or none of “Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of Animals,” “Solo Masterclass with Dr. Cho,” “Exploring Songs by Underrepresented Composers” and “Final Concert.” Space may be limited for the “Solo Masterclass” and “Exploring Songs by Underrepresented Composers.” Please see below for details for these sessions.

Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of Animals

Please check out a sample video HERE (starts at 11’ 30’’) and a copy of the score HERE. There are 14 Movements in this piece and the difficulty level varies. If you choose to play in this project, Dr. Cho will discuss with your teacher as to which movement will work best for you. Please also provide a video-recording of your playing (any piece) in the registration form. Dr. Cho will also provide a free mini-lesson (about 20 minutes) a week before the High School Piano Day via Zoom or in person to help you prepare for the day. You will perform the piece with your partner during the Final Concert.

Solo Masterclass with Dr. Cho

If you’d like to play for Dr. Cho in this session, please provide the piece information as well as your performance video (it does not have to be the same piece) in the registration form. The pianists will be chosen for this session based on the repertoire. If you are not chosen, Dr. Cho will provide a free mini-lesson - via Zoom or in person on another day.

Exploring Songs by Underrepresented Composers

If you’d like to play for this session, please provide your performance video in the registration form (any piece). The repertoire will be assigned based on your skill level. In case there are more than 3-4 students applying for this session, priority will be given to older students.

Final Concert

If you’d like to play in the Final Concert, please provide your piece information. Memorization is required.

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