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.

Resident Piano Camp

July 5-10, 2015 (overnight camp)
Drop-off: Sunday, July 5 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Sign-out: Friday, July 10 at 4:00 PM (or after Resident Camper Recital)
Base tuition: $659 – register early and save!

Immerse yourself in music at The Gilmore’s resident piano camp for pianists of all experience levels. Enjoy a balance of rigorous study, hands-on music activities, and the outdoors. Resident 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, made after registration through on online form, include Composition, Recording Lab, Jazz & Improvisation, Technique & Artistry, Piano Ensemble, and Waterfront/Camper’s Choice. Evenings feature recitals, listed below. Supervised free time will be available if students choose not to participate in the SLYMCA camp activities.

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 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.

Be sure to also fill out this form in order to help us properly schedule and place your student in camp groups: Resident Camp Supplemental Questions

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)

Who’s eligible?

This overnight camp is available to piano students ages 8 – 17 who have studied the piano for three or more years. Campers will be grouped by ages and abilities. Taught by professional musicians, features of the week-long, overnight camp include:
• Cabins equipped with keyboards or pianos
• Plentiful nature and outdoor activities (like swimming!)
• Keyboard lab to enhance learning music fundamentals, composition and appreciation
• Drama, art and more
• Great food
• Solo and ensemble piano instruction by professional musicians, performances by cool artists, camp faculty, fellow campers…and YOU!

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


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