Minnesota International Piano Camp

August 7-17, 2019
Ferguson Hall, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Dr. Kyung Kim, Director 

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
  • Master classes
  • 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

James Anagnoson, Dean of the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON, Canada 
Michael Cain, Piano Faculty, Brandon University
Dr. Jo Anne Link
Dr. Joseph Zins
Dr. Kyung Kim, Director
Dr. Michael Kim
Mark Russell Smith, Conductor, MIPC Orchestra

Concerto Workshop and Concert

A splendid opportunity to perform as concerto soloist with 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

Director: 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, University of Nebraska

Guest Master Class Clinicians:
James Anagnoson, Dean and Piano Artist Faculty, The Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Jo Anne Link, Crocus Hill Studios, Saint Paul
Dr. Joseph Zins, Crocus Hill Studios, Saint Paul

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, University of Nebraska
Dr. Michael Kim, Director and Professor, University of Minnesota

Teaching Assistants:
Yeonji Kang, Senior Teaching Assistant
Jinsung Kim, Faculty Associate
Leonie Li, Teaching Assistant
Michael Min, Faculty Associate
Juhee Park, Teaching Assistant
Meghan Rhoades, Camp Counselor/Teaching Assistant
Allen Teyvel, Camp Counselor/Teaching Assistant
Kelly Wu, Senior Teaching Assistant
Quinn Zhang, Teaching Assistant

Camp counselor: TBA

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 camp counselor

Wednesday, August 7 and 14: MIPC Pizza Parties
1:15 – 2:30 pm Practice time/private lessons/observe special lectures and guest master classes
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 master classes will be held at the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall.
Other Master Classes, lectures, guest artist performances TBA; schedules and guest artists subject to change.  

Date Time Information
Wednesday, August 7 10:00 am Arrival Sign-up
Welcome Reception, Ferguson Hall lobby
Wednesday, August 7 10:30 am  Introductory meeting/orientation
Wednesday, August 7 3:00 pm Opening Concert
Thursday, August 8 1:30 pm Guest Faculty Master Class:
Dr. Joseph Zins
Friday, August 9 1:30 pm Guest Faculty Master Class:
Dr. Jo Anne Link
Saturday, August 10 TBD Community Outreach Performances 
Sunday, August 11 1:00 pm Concerto Workshop and Open Rehearsal with the MIPC Orchestra conducted by Mark Russell Smith (Ted Mann Concert Hall)
Sunday, August 11 4:30 pm Concerto concert featuring selected soloists with the MIPC Orchestra conducted by Mark Russell Smith (TMCH)
Monday, August 12 10:00 am James Anagnoson Master Class
Monday, August 12 1:30 pm James Anagnoson Master Class
Tuesday, August 13 10:00 am James Anagnoson Master Class
Tuesday, August 13 1:30 pm James Anagnoson Master Class
Wednesday, August 14 1:30 pm Guest Faculty Master Class: 
Dr. Jo Anne Link
Thursday, August 15 1:30 pm  Guest Faculty Master Class:
Dr. Joseph Zins
Thursday, August 15 3:00 pm Concerto Gala performance with second piano (TMCH)
Friday, August 16 3:00 pm Grand Finale Concert featuring camp participants (LURH)
Saturday, August 17 11:00 am Grand Finale Concert II featuring camp participants (LURH)

Application & Cost

Tuition: $750 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.

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: May 15, 2019. Please complete our application form, 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 June 15, 2019. 


On-campus housing in Middlebrook Hall, conveniently located across from Ferguson Hall, School of Music:
  • Middlebrook double: $42 per night (total of $462, 8/6-17, 11 nights)
  • Middlebrook single: $55 per night (total of $605, 8/6-17, 11 nights)   


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 2018 (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.