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Education Programs at The Gilmore

Piano Camp

Gilmore Piano Camp celebrates its 21st summer in June 2019. Serving hundreds of young pianists over the years, Gilmore Piano Camp is the Midwest’s only piano-specific camp in a natural outdoor setting. Receive a well-rounded musical experience, focused on classical piano training, with a wide range of elective options and camp activities. The Gilmore’s summer music camp is for pianists of all levels of experience.

Auditions are required for all piano campers. See below.

Gilmore Piano Camp

Overnight Camp (Ages 8-16)

June 23-28, 2019

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. Cost: $750

Day Piano Camp (Ages 7-12)

June 24-28, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday

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. Cost: $430

Gilmore Piano Camp


Want to learn more about making camp affordable? Opportunities are available both from Gilmore Piano Camp Scholarships and from the Sherman Lake YMCA.

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.

Download the 2019 scholarship application (PDF)

Sherman Lake YMCA also has a wonderful financial aid program for campers, and you can learn more about it at their website.


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

  1. Register online with Sherman Lake YMCA.
  2. Schedule a placement audition by contacting Adam Schumaker at 269.342.1166 or Video submissions are welcome.
  3. Complete the Gilmore Piano Camp Information Form.

For More Information

If you would like more information about Piano Camp, please contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, at 269.342.1166 or

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