2020 GVSU Virtual Piano Camp

Dr. Sookkyung Cho, program director

I am excited to announce the first ever GVSU Virtual Piano Camp! I am extremely grateful for all the guest artists who have agreed to give afternoon workshop sessions for us from all over the country and the world. Student enrollment is limited, so if you are interested, please submit your Registration Form today. Questions can be emailed to me at [email protected]

Dates: July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020 (Monday-Friday)

Eligibility: high school piano students (those who will be 9th-12th grades in Fall 2020)

Fee: free

Enrollment Limit: 16 students (first-come, first-serve)

- must have piano/keyboard at home, reliable internet connection, a computer/tablet with which you can connect to Zoom, a video recording device for the final project (a smart phone would be sufficient).
- must be able to submit, by 7/18, a video-recording of your playing for Studio Class - this does not have to be performance-ready, as it will be shared within the camp only.
- must be able to submit, by 7/18, a video-recording of your playing for the Virtual Participants Concert - this has to be performance-ready (refined and memorized) as it will be broadcast to public on the GVSU Facebook page.
- this program is recommended for early-advanced/advanced-level piano students. 

Program Details:
- In the mornings, students will have time to practice and do assignments in preparation for afternoon workshops. Each student will also receive one 45-minute virtual lesson with Dr. Cho in one of the mornings. 
- For the final project, each student will be given a part for a 16-piano piece, which they will practice, record, and submit. The administrator of the camp will combine these recordings into the final version, which then will be played at the Final Concert on the GVSU Facebook page. 
- At the conclusion of the camp, each student will receive a certificate. 
- The schedule is as follows (subject to change without a prior notice):


Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

Wednesday, July 22

Thursday, July 23

Friday, July 24

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Practice, Assignments, Lessons


12:15-1:30 p.m.



1:30-2:15 p.m.

Studio Class: Ice-breaking

Studio Class:
"Why do we have to learn music theory? Isn't it boring?"

Studio Class:
"Musical toolbox - questions you can ask yourself never to be bored"

Studio Class:
"Technical toolbox - questions you can ask yourself so that you don't get injured" 

Studio Class:
"Learning through YouTube videos"

2:30-3:15 p.m.

"How does piano work? Hands-on craft using items at home"
by Jeff Hall (piano technician at West Michigan Piano) 

"Bach really didn't write for modern piano. How would it sound on Clavichord, Harpsichord, and Organ?"
by Dr. Isabelle Demers (concert organist, professor at Baylor University, TX)
and Dr. Greg Crowell (concert harpsichordist, professor at GVSU)

"Does staccato really mean play it short?"
by Dr. Beth Nam (faculty at Biola University, CA)

"What should I practice if I would like to play in Broadway musicals?"
by Josh Cullen
(keyboardist for national tours of The Frozen and Anastasia)

"Beethoven did not have modern Steinway pianos - he didn't even have 88 keys. What did he have then?"
by Dr. Shin Hwang (concert fortepianist, Heildelberg, Germany)

3:30-4:15 p.m.

"Listening?No, "Experiencing" orchestral music"
by Jihea Hong-Park 
(New York Philharmonic 
Teaching Artist)

Studio Class:
Listening to each other's recordings

Studio Class:
How to make your recording for the 16-piano final project

"Ear-training exercises for pianists and the things you can do at home"
by Dr. Evan Fein 
(Ear-training faculty, The Juilliard School Pre-College, NY)

Studio Class:

4:15-4:30 p.m.

 Recap for the day


4:30-7:30 p.m.



7:30-8:15 p.m.

Facebook live-stream:
Virtual Recital by Dr. Cho

Facebook live-stream:
Virtual Recital by Dr. Edward Neeman
(Faculty at Australian National University)

Evening off :) 

Facebook live-stream:
Recorded Virtual Recital by Participants

Facebook live-stream:
Arrangement of 16 pianos 
(arranged by Dr. Neeman)
played/recorded by all participants +
Recap of the camp

*Click on presenters' names to read their bios. 

Page last modified June 9, 2020