Gilmore Piano Camp 2017
The Gilmore Piano Camp will be returning for its 19th summer in July of 2017. Serving hundreds of young pianists over the years, Gilmore Piano Camp prides itself on 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 music pursuits to create a well-rounded music experience.
July 9-14, 2017
Immerse yourself in music at The Gilmore’s overnight camp for pianists of all experience levels. Enjoy a balance of rigorous study, hands-on music activities, and the outdoors. Overnight piano campers will start their day with performances and stories at the morning prelude. They will have a piano lesson, a practice hour, and up to two electives each day. Elective selections include Composition, Recording Lab, Jazz & Improvisation, Technique & Artistry, Piano Ensemble, and Waterfront/Camper’s Choice. Evenings feature recitals and camp time. Students prepare for two recitals, the Thursday Night Throw-down, and the Friday Recital at 2:00 PM–a final celebratory recital hosted by campers for their peers, friends, and family.
Auditions are required for all piano campers. Gilmore Scholarship auditions will be scheduled in December 2016. Non-scholarship auditions will occur between March and June 2017. To schedule an audition call 269-342-1166. Video submissions are also welcome. Enrollment is limited to 36 campers.
Registration is available through Sherman Lake YMCA. Register, then fill out supplemental questions form to select your camper’s electives, select a t-shirt size, order extra t-shirts, and help us assign your student to a camp group. Registration is now open with the following graded pricing: November 16 to January 15 – $705; After January 16 – $725.
Day Piano Camp
July 10-14, 2017
9:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday
Come and play! The Gilmore’s summer music camp is for pianists of all levels of experience. Day Campers have daily small group piano lessons and exploration in technology and music-making with Jazzy Jams plus hands-on art projects, and each afternoon they participate in outdoor YMCA camp activities. Day campers and families are then invited back to camp for evening recitals. The week concludes Friday at 1:00 PM with a final celebratory recital by campers for their peers, friends, and family.
Auditions are required for all piano campers. Day Camp auditions will occur between March and June. Video submissions are also welcome. Students will be encouraged to practice daily at home, even after the camp day. Enrollment is limited to 40 campers. Call 269-342-1166 for more information.
Registration is available through Sherman Lake YMCA. Register, then fill out the supplemental questions form to select your camper’s electives, select a t-shirt size, order extra t-shirts, and help us assign your student to a camp group. Registration begins January 15, 2017, and has the following graded pricing: January 15 to March 31 – $400; April 1 to May 15 – $410; After May 16 – $420.
Theme and Preparation
Keep checking back for the theme-announcement for the 2017 Gilmore Piano Camp!
Our faculty comprises high-level pianists and educators from regional colleges and universities. For Gilmore Piano Camp 2017, we currently have the following faculty members:
- Dr. David Abbott (Albion College)
- Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott (Albion College)
- Laurie Marshall (St. Joseph, MMTA)
- Susan Lawrence (Kalamazoo College)
- Dan Willenberg (Jazz, Western Michigan University)
- Louie Morand, MT-BC (music production)
- Leslie Boughton (Education For the Arts, integrative arts)
- Adam Schumaker (Composition, Kalamazoo College)
We will update this page as we confirm or add to our faculty list.
With help from Education for the Arts and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, merit scholarships are available to cover up to 50% of the cost of camp. For Overnight Camp, scholarships applications are due by Monday, December 5, 2016 with auditions taking place in person or by video submission during the same month. Day Camp scholarship applications are due March 1, 2017 with auditions taking place by video submission or in person between March and June 2017. Rolling scholarships will be available through June for both camps, and scholarships will be awarded until the funds are gone.
Sherman Lake YMCA also has a wonderful financial aid program for campers, and you can learn more about it here: making camp affordable.