Minnesota International Piano Camp

This program has been canceled for the 2021 summer semester.



Rising Stars Program (for advanced younger & collegiate level pianists)

The Minnesota International Piano Camp (MIPC) is a joyous summer piano experience for selected talented pianists (ages 10 and up) led by the University of Minnesota’s School of Music faculty and distinguished guest artists. The camp will include:
  • Private lessons
  • Masterclasses
  • Performances 
  • Career development advice and mentoring with Dr. Michael Kim
  • Lectures (Concerto preparation, piano literature, lives and recordings of the great pianists)
  • Injury prevention/wellness for pianists
  • Special yoga sessions for pianists
  • Concerto workshops and concerts with the MIPC Orchestra under the baton of esteemed Maestro Mark Russell Smith

Faculty & Guest Artists

Concerto Workshop and Concert

A splendid opportunity to perform as a concerto soloist with an orchestra will be available to select pianists as part of the Fourth Minnesota International Piano Camp.

Selected emerging young artists will once again have the unique opportunity to be showcased in concerto performances with the MIPC Summer Festival Orchestra, under the baton of esteemed Maestro Mark Russell Smith. The stunning acoustics of Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota School of Music will further enhance this epic musical experience for our talented young pianists.

MIPC is very fortunate to welcome back distinguished Maestro Mark Russell Smith, who will conduct and mentor our young pianists. A graduate of both the renowned Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, Maestro Smith is Artistic Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, and Music Director of the Quad City Symphony, appearing alongside such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, and Joshua Bell. In high demand as a guest conductor internationally, he regularly guest conducts at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, and for the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Slots will disappear quickly for this amazing opportunity, so apply early at the application link below. Concerto repertoire must be preapproved by MIPC and Maestro Smith. 

Junior Rising Stars Program 

Our Junior Rising Stars program offers a rich and varied curriculum to younger talented students, helping them to progress at the piano, and nurture their love and enjoyment of music.  All activities supervised under the watchful eyes of our camp counselors, fully certified by the University of Minnesota.   
  • Morning basic stretching and yoga
  • Practice: Faculty and camp teaching assistants will supervise each student in morning practice sessions
  • Music Theory, History, and Piano Literature classes: Explore various levels of music theory, history, and piano literature in fun, interactive sessions
  • Ensemble: Learn and be coached on various piano ensemble pieces
  • Performance Class: Opportunity to perform prepared solo and duet pieces in front of classmates, receive feedback from our faculty
  • Applied lessons: Each student will have two one on one, 50 minute applied lessons with our resident faculty

Additional Activities:

  • Performance opportunities at the Minnesota International Piano Camp Showcase Concerts. Attend concerts by faculty, guest artists, and students. 
  • Ice cream and pizza parties


Dr. Kyung Kim, Chair, Keyboard Division, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities School of Music

Junior Rising Stars Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jayoung Hong, Piano Faculty, Blinn College, Texas

Guest Master Class Clinicians:


  • Michael Cain, Piano Faculty, Brandon University
  • Dr. Grace Choi, Piano Faculty, North Hennepin College
  • Dr. Kevin Hobbs, Piano Faculty, University of Minnesota, North Hennepin College
  • Dr. Jayoung Hong, Piano faculty, Blinn College, Texas
  • Dr. Michael Kim, Director, and Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Jinsung Kim, AD, The Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada
  • Michael Min, DMA, University of Minnesota

Teaching Assistants:


Camp counselor:


Daily Schedule

9:50 – 10:00 am Arrive at the School of Music and Sign-In, 
Lobby, Ferguson Hall
10:05 – 10:20 am  Basic stretching and yoga
10:30  – 11:20 am Private lessons/ensemble/practice time
11:20 – 11:35 am   Break (supervised by camp staff)
11:35 am – 12:15 pm Music Theory/History/Piano Literature, other special presentations, and activities 
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch, supervised by a camp counselor

Wednesday, August 7 and 14: MIPC Pizza Parties

1:15 – 2:30 pm Practice time/private lessons/observe special lectures and guest masterclasses
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm Junior Rising Stars Performance classes
3:30 – 3:50 pm         Light snack (provided by MIPC)
Friday, August 9 & Thursday, August 15: MIPC Ice Cream Party
3:50 – 4:00 pm Parental pick up for commuting students:           
students MUST be picked up by 4 pm at the latest.

General Program Schedule

*All concerts and masterclasses will be held at the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall.
Other Master Classes, lectures, guest artist performances TBA; schedules and guest artists subject to change.  


Application & Cost


$750 USD 
Limited, partial tuition scholarship assistance available based on evidence of financial need. Submit a statement of financial need for consideration, all aid decisions are final and non-appealable.

Note: There will be an additional fee of $250 USD for those pianists selected to perform with Maestro Smith and the MIPC Festival Orchestra. Concerto repertoire must be preapproved by MIPC Director Dr. Kyung Kim and Maestro Smith. All concerto applicants must also submit a video performance clip of two contrasting solo works or a movement of a concerto. This video is to be emailed directly to krkim@umn.edu. Concerto slots are limited, so ensure that you apply for this remarkable opportunity early.

Application Deadline: N/A. Please complete our application form (TBE), then mail your tuition (and housing fees, if applicable) to:

Minnesota International Piano Camp
University of Minnesota School of Music
100 Ferguson Hall
2106 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Please make your check payable to the University of Minnesota with the participant name in the memo line, check deadline TBE.  


Contact Kyung Kim at krkim@umn.edu.