Piano Camp

students playing piano at Piano Camp

Gilmore Piano Camp 2022

We all need camp more than ever! Since its creation 23 years ago, Gilmore Piano Camp has welcomed hundreds of young pianists to its natural outdoor setting at Sherman Lake for fun and study. The camp provides classical piano training, a wide range of music-related electives, and–of course–many traditional camp activities. Treasured as the Midwest’s only piano-specific summer music camp, Gilmore Piano Camp is recommended for students that have had at least 1 year of piano lessons.

This year’s Gilmore Piano Camp is being planned for in-person attendance. As summer gets closer, we will continue to communicate and remain transparent about our adaptations for Summer 2022; following all of our state and local health department guidelines. To keep up to date on COVID-related policies, please visit Sherman Lake’s Summer 2022 page.



Register early for the best pricing, and be sure to complete all three steps:

  • Register online with Sherman Lake YMCA.
  • Submit a placement audition video. Video submission instructions will be emailed to you after registering with Sherman Lake YMCA.
  • Complete the Gilmore Piano Camp Information Form, which will be emailed to you after registering with Sherman Lake YMCA.

Register For Camp

Read below to learn about scholarships and financial aid.



Scholarship opportunities are available both from Gilmore Piano Camp Scholarships and from the Sherman Lake YMCA to help make camp more affordable.

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. Each applicant will submit a video audition.

Sherman Lake YMCA  also has a wonderful financial aid program for campers. Families can apply for both Sherman Lake scholarships. Learn more about YMCA Financial Aid here.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is May 31, 2022.

Scholarship Form – English

Scholarship Form – Spanish

Camp Information

Please read the highly informative parent information packets prepared by the Sherman Lake YMCA, which contain:

  • Covid-19 safety precautions
  • camper bus schedules and parent pick-up/drop off info
  • medical forms and medication procedures
  • what to pack
  • and LOTS more

Day Camp Parent Pack
Overnight Camp Parent Pack

Overnight Camp (Ages 8-16)

June 26-July 1, 2022
$830 (Y Member)
$855 (Non-Member)

Gilmore Piano Camp – Overnight

Sherman Lake Early-bird discounts start in October each year. Register now for the best rates!

$10 off overnight camp until February 28, 2022 

Immerse yourself in music! Enjoy a piano lesson, a practice period, and up to two electives every day. Electives include Composition, Recording Arts, Jazz & Improvisation, and more!

Evenings feature recitals, campfires, and other classic YMCA camp activities. Perform pieces from elective classes at the Thursday Night Throw-down, and prepared pieces from your lessons in a final celebratory recital hosted by campers for their peers, friends, and family.

Day Piano Camp (Ages 7-12)

June 27 – July 1, 2022
$475 (Y Member)
$485 (non-member)

Gilmore Piano Camp 

Sherman Lake Early-bird discounts start in October each year. Register now for the best rates!

$10 off all day camps until February 28, 2022 

Come and play! Enjoy daily small group piano lessons, exploration in technology and music-making with Jazzy Jams, plus hands-on art projects. Participate each afternoon in outdoor YMCA classic camp activities including the climbing tower, swimming, archery, and more. Perform in a final celebratory recital Friday at 1:00 PM.

Music Preparation For All Campers

In the spirit of this year’s theme, POP ROCKS!, all piano campers are encouraged to prepare two pieces of music: 

  • A piece that represents POP or ROCK music.
  • A piece that was very popular at any time in the long history of the piano.

Please note that the theme is for fun and is open to broad interpretation! If a student is preparing only one piece, they may choose between the two categories. If they cannot prepare a piece within the theme, no worries! We will happily accept what they have prepared.

Students will get the most out of their camp experience if they have learned the notes, rhythms, and fingerings of their music in advance. At camp, their piano teacher will help them to dig deeper into the musicality of performance and other attributes that high-level instruction aims to address.


Questions About Education?

Please direct questions to Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, or Leslie Baron, Education and Community Engagement Manager. Telephone: 269.342.1166.

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