Minnesota International Piano Camp

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

Rising Stars Program (age 10 & above 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
  • 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 
Dr. Jo Anne Link
Dr. Joseph Zins
Dr. Kyung Kim, Director
Dr. Michael Kim
Mark Russell Smith, Conductor

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 Program (age 10 & above for intermediate level students)

Our junior 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, Piano Museum (Schubert Club) in Saint Paul
  • Ice cream party

Director: Dr. Kyung Kim, Chair, Keyboard Division, University of Minnesota Twin Cities School of Music

Junior Program Coordinator: Dr. Jayoung Hong, Piano Faculty, University of Nebraska

Guest Master Class Clinicians:
Dr. Jo Anne Link, Crocus Hill Studios, Saint Paul
Dr. Joseph Zins, Crocus Hill Studios, Saint Paul

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
Jinsung Kim, University of Minnesota
Michael Min, University of Minnesota

Teaching Assistants:

Camp counselor: TBA

(Sample) Daily Schedule

10:00 am Arrive at the School of Music (Ferguson Hall)
Meet teachers in the Lobby
10:05 – 10:20 am  Basic stretching and yoga
10:30  – 11:15 am Private lessons/ensemble/practice time
11:15 –11:30 am   Break (supervised by camp staff)
11:30 am –12:10 pm Music Theory/History, Fun and Games, special presentations and activities (Keyboard Lab, Room 265)
12:10 – 1:30 pm Lunch, escorted and supervised by camp counselor
1:30 – 2:30 pm Observe Guest Master Classes
2:40 – 3:30 pm Performance Classes forJunior Program students
3:30 – 3:50 pm Snack time (provided by MIPC) 
3:50 – 4:00 pm         Students who commute daily:
Parent pick up (Junior Program 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

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.  

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 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.