Minnesota International Piano Camp

Kim Piano Camp 2018

Minnesota International Piano Camp (formerly Kim International Piano Camp)
July 10-20, 2018
Ferguson Hall, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

The Minnesota International Piano Camp 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
  • Master classes
  • Performances 
  • Career development advice
  • Lectures (Concerto preparation, piano literature, lives and recordings of the great pianists)
  • Injury prevention/wellness for pianists
  • Special yoga sessions for pianists

Faculty & Guest Artists

Kyung Kim, Director of Minnesota International Piano Camp, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Associate Professor of Piano 
Michael Kim, Director of the University of Minnesota School of Music–Twin Cities, Professor of Piano
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Special guest artist and master class clinician, Distinguished Professor of Piano, Cleveland Institute of Music 
Dr. Grace Choi, Piano Faculty, North Hennepin Community College 
Dr. Kevin Hobbs, Piano Faculty, North Hennepin Community College
Dr. Jayoung Hong, Guest artist, University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE
Dr. Soojung Hong, Artistic Director, Piano Fun Minnesota Competition 
Jo Anne Link, Guest master class clinician, Crocus Hill Studios, Saint Paul, MN
Mark Russell Smith, Artistic Director of Orchestral Studies, University of Minnesota School of Music 
Rie Tanaka, Piano Faculty, Saint Paul Conservatory of Music 
Joseph Zins, Guest master class clinician, Crocus Hill Studios, Saint Paul, MN
Other guests TBA

Pre-College Program

Our pre-college piano program offers a rich and varied curriculum to young talented students of intermediate to advanced level (ages 10 and up), helping them to progress, 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 stretch and basic yoga
  • Practice: Each student will be supervised by experienced teachers and camp teaching assistants in morning practice sessions. 
  • Music Theory and History: Explore various levels of music theory and music history in fun, interactive sessions.
  • Ensemble: Learn and be coached on introductory and intermediate piano ensemble pieces.
  • Performance Class: Opportunity to perform prepared solo and duet pieces in front of classmates.  Listen to some of our faculty’s live performances
Additional Activities:
  • Performance opportunities at the Minnesota International Piano Camp Showcase Concerts. Attendance at various concerts by Faculty, Guest Artists, and Young Rising Stars.
  • Supervised Educational Outings: Weisman Museum at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), Piano Museum (Schubert Club) in Saint Paul
  • Ice cream party: Izzy’s Ice Cream

DirectorDr. Kyung Kim, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

Pre-College Program Coordinator: Dr. Jayoung Hong, Piano Faculty, University of Nebraska

Dr. Sung-Soo Cho, Piano Faculty, New York University
Dr. Grace Choi, Piano Faculty, North Hennepin College
Dr. Kevin Hobbs, Piano Faculty, North Hennepin College
Dr. Michael Kim, Director and Professor, University of Minnesota
Rie Tanaka, ABD DMA candidate, University of Minnesota

Teaching Assistants:
Jinsung Kim, DMA piano candidate, University of Minnesota
Michael Min, DMA piano candidate, University of Minnesota
Yeonji Kang, DMA piano candidate, University of Minnesota

Camp counselor: Allen Teyvel, Senior (piano performance), University of Minnesota

Tentative Daily Schedule

9:30 am Arrive at the School of Music (Ferguson Hall)
Meet teachers at the Lobby
9:40 – 10:00 am  Basic stretching and yoga
10:05  – 11:05 am Private lessons and/or practice time, monitored and supervised by teaching assistants
11:05 –11:20 am   Break (supervised by camp staff)
11:20 am –12:05 pm Music Theory/History, Fun and Games, special presentations and activities (Keyboard lab-265)
12:05 – 1:20 pm Lunch, escorted and supervised by camp counselor
1:30 – 2:30 pm Performance Class or Guest Master Classes
2:30 – 2:50 pm Break (supervised by camp staff)
2:50 – 3:30 pm Piano ensemble classes
3:30 – 3:50 pm         Snack time (provided by MIPC)
3:50 – 4:00 pm Students who commute daily:
Parent pick up (Pre-college students must be picked up by 4 pm at the latest)
4:00 – 5:30 pm Students who stay in the dormitory: Practice time/ free time
5:30 pm Dinner/free time
7:30 pm Attend concerts/practice/free time

Tentative General Program Schedule

*All concerts and master classes will be held at the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall.
Master Classes, lectures, guest artist performances TBA; schedules and guest artists subject to change.  
Date Time  
Tuesday, July 10, 1:00 pm Introductory Meeting, 
Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall (LURH), Ferguson Hall
  2:00 pm  Opening Concert  

Followed by welcome reception in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall lobby 
Wednesday, July 11 1:30 pm  Injury prevention for pianists with Rie Tanaka
Thursday, July 12 1:30 pm  Guest Faculty Master Class: Dr. Joseph Zins
Friday, July 13 1:30 pm  Guest Faculty Master Class: Dr. Jo Anne Link
Sunday, July 15 3:00 pm Guest Artist Recital: Antonio Pompa-Baldi
Monday, July 16 10:00 am
2:00 pm
Antonio Pompa-Baldi Master Class
Antonio Pompa-Baldi Master Class
Tuesday, July 17 10:00 am
2:00 pm
Antonio Pompa-Baldi Master Class
Antonio Pompa-Baldi Master Class
Wednesday, July 18 1:00 pm Concerto playing workshop and concert with MIPC Chamber Orchestra with Mark Russell Smith
Thursday, July 19 1:30 pm Dr. Soojung Hong, “A pianist’s post-graduate life”
  4:30 pm Student Concert
Friday, July 20 3:00 pm Grand finale closing concert featuring all camp participants followed by Farewell reception (LURH Lobby)

Application & Cost

Tuition: $700 USD
Limited, partial tuition scholarship assistance available based on evidence of financial need. Submit statement of financial need for consideration, all aid decisions are final and non-appealable.

Application deadline: May 15, 2018. Please complete our application form, then mail your tuition 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 June 15, 2018. 


On-campus housing in Middlebrook Hall, conveniently located across from Ferguson Hall, School of Music:
  • Single room: $390 USD for 12 nights
  • Double room: $340 USD for 12 nights
  • Additional nights can be arranged upon request, and with advanced payment


The meal plan is not included in the camp tuition or dormitory costs. A cafeteria is located in Middlebrook Hall. Camp participants may pay cash for an all-you-care-to-eat meal. Meal rates in 2017 (including tax) were:
  • Breakfast: $9.16
  • Lunch: $10.72
  • Dinner: $11.32

There are several reasonably priced restaurants within walking distance of the School of Music. See restaurant guide for nearby dining options.


Contact Kyung Kim at krkim@umn.edu.