Gilmore Piano Camp 2015

The Gilmore Piano Camp will be returning for its 17th summer in July of 2015. Serving hundreds of young pianists over the years, Gilmore Piano Camp prides itself in being one of the few, if not only, piano-specific camps in a natural, outdoor setting. Gilmore Piano Camp focuses on both classical piano training and experiential, creative musical pursuits to create a well-rounded music experience. Held at the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center, Gilmore Piano Camp is both instructive and loads of fun.

Day Piano Camp

July 6-10, 2015 (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily)
Last day sign-out begins Friday at 2:00 PM
Base tuition: $380 – register early and save!

Questions about transportation should be directed to (269) 731-3000.

Come and play! The Gilmore’s summer music camp is for pianists of all levels and experience. Day Campers have daily small group piano lessons and exploration in technology and music-making with Jazzy Jams plus hands-on art projects. Each afternoon, participate in outdoor YMCA camp activities. Day campers and families are invited back to camp for evening recitals. The week concludes Friday at 1 pm with a final celebration recital by campers for their peers, friends, and family.
* Nightly practice is expected at home.

Performance and Evening Recitals

All performances are open to families and the public and are located in the Rec Center at Sherman Lake YMCA.

Wednesday, July 8, 7:15 PM – Faculty Spotlight
Thursday, July 9, 7:15 PM – Thursday Night Throwdown
Friday, July 10, 1:00 PM – Day Camper Recital*
Friday, July 10, 2:00 PM – Resident Camper Recital*
* Checkout immediately following recitals. Day Campers can ride the bus or be picked up at 4:00 PM.

Gilmore Piano Camp


Register directly through Sherman Lake YMCA online or by calling (269) 731-3000.

We recommend that pianists have two years of piano experience prior to attending camp. All campers must schedule a placement audition. Students will have opportunity to play for the Camp Director prior to Piano Camp to ensure correct placement. Contact the Gilmore Education Department at (269) 342-1166 or aschumaker@thegilmore.org to arrange yours today.

Preparation and Theme: Bach to the Future

“Bach to the Future” is a play on words referencing the 1985 science fiction comedy Back to the Future. At Gilmore Piano Camp, the week of music-making will focus on the contrast and the connections between old and new. Students are expected to select and prepare one piece of music by Bach (or similar composer), and one piece from the film score or contemporary pop genre. We recommend that notes, rhythms, and fingerings be learned prior to camp so that students can dig deeper into the music for a richer experience.

Gilmore Piano Camp Scholarships

Thanks to Education for the Arts and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, The Gilmore awards merit-based scholarships that can cover up to 50% of the cost of camp. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, May 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted after this date if scholarship funds are still available.

Camp Scholarship Application 2015

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available through Sherman Lake YMCA. More information can be found on their website or by calling (269) 731-3000.

Required Information and Forms

Sherman Lake YMCA requires physicals and special forms for the administration of medications. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with these forms and the other very helpful information provided on their website. The handy checklists make it easier for your camper to pack his/her bags.

Piano Faculty and Guest Artist

Our camp faculty comprises professional music educators from Southwest Michigan and beyond. Our piano faculty have years of teaching experience with students of many ages. Our guest artist faculty consists of qualified arts educators, composers, music therapists, and professional musicians.

Piano Faculty
David Abbott (Albion College)
Lia Jensen-Abbott (Albion College)
Ahmed Anzaldua (Western Michigan University)
Catherine Adams (University of Michigan)
Gerardo Ascheri (Schoolcraft College, Livonia)
Susan Lawrence (Kalamazoo College)

Elective Faculty
Louie Morand, MT-BC – recording and technology
Adam Schumaker – composition
Leslie Boughton – integrative arts

(Guest Artist to be announced)

View photos of the 2013 Gilmore Piano Camp on our Flickr page!


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