Piano Camp

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Gilmore Piano Camp 2021

We all need camp more than ever! Since its creation 22 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 welcomes pianists of all levels of experience.

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 2021; 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 2021 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

English PDF Scholarship Application

Spanish PDF Scholarship Application

English Online Scholarship Application

Spanish Online Scholarship Application



Camp Information

Please read the 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  YMCA document
Overnight Camp Parent Pack YMCA document

Overnight Camp (Grade 5 – Grade 10)

June 27-July 2, 2021
YMCA Member: $ 790
Nonmember: $815
Gilmore Piano Camp – Overnight

Register now for the best rates!

$10 off all overnight camps March 1 – April 30, 2021
2021 full overnight camp prices begin May 1, 2021

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 28-July 2, 2021
YMCA Member: $450
Nonmember: $460
Early bird discounts for members and nonmembers:

Gilmore Piano Camp – Day $460

Register now for the best rates!

$5 off all day camps March 1 – April 30, 2021
2021 full day camp prices begin May 1, 2021

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.


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.

Sherman Lake YMCA also has a wonderful financial aid program for campers. Learn more here


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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