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EMC Piano Camp

Eastern Piano Camp is an exhilarating week of making music while making friends, open to pianists entering 6th through 12th grades.  Each day will be full of interesting classes, solo and group rehearsals, and fun evening activities.  Participants will be pushed to reach their potential by learning an entirely new solo piece and an ensemble piece, both to be performed in a group recital at the end of the week.  One-on-one coaching with EIU's piano faculty will ensure rapid improvement and new insights.  Class topics include piano technique, efficient practice methods, music history, famous pianists, and instrument maintenance.



Repertoire and ensemble assignments will be based on a placement audition the afternoon of the first day of camp.  Pianists should be prepared with the following:

  • Two pieces for solo piano (memorization is optional)
  • Two scales or other technique exercises (arpeggios, Hanon, chords, etc.)
  • A short sight-reading exercise will be provided


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Please direct any questions you might have to the piano camp coordinator, Harrison Cole.


About the Piano Camp Faculty

EMC Piano Camp CoordinatorHarrison Cole was born in Hannibal, Missouri and began taking piano lessons at the age of 6. He attended Eastern Illinois University and studied under W. David Hobbs and Susan Teicher. While at Eastern, Harrison won the honor of playing the first movement of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the EIU Symphony Orchestra. After graduating with a degree in piano performance in the spring of 2009, he attended the University of Arizona and completed a Master’s in Musicology during the summer of 2012.

He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and dog where he is the Director of Music at Light of Christ Anglican Church and maintains a robust piano studio.



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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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