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EMC Piano Camp

Eastern Piano Camp is an exhilarating week of making music while making friends, is open to students completing the 5th 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 EMC'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.



For 2022, there will be no audition on the day of camp check in, but each student will be heard quickly on Monday morning as instruction commences.  Bring your current repertoire and other piano lesson materials, and come ready to learn!


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Please direct any questions you might have to the EMC Director, Rebecca Johnson.



Cara Chowning

Equally at home in vocal and instrumental repertoire, Cara Chowning is in demand as a coach, music director and collaborative artist. She has performed extensively throughout the United States, South America, and Europe as a duo partner, chamber musician and orchestral pianist. A frequent guest coach and conductor, Chowning is the music director for the vocal series of the Bar Harbor Music Festival. She is a regular guest artist at the ABRAF festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the Teatro Bicentenario in San Juan, Argentina, and the Mitad al Mundo Flute Festival in Quito, Ecuador.

An accomplished coach and music director, Chowning has prepared opera and musical theater productions at the professional, young artist, and collegiate level. She has served on the music staff of Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Cleveland, Finger Lakes Opera, and Kansas Lyric Opera. Her students appear in opera houses worldwide and her discography is available on all paid musical platforms.

Chowning’s piano and wind trio, the Trio Village, is dedicated to bringing works by women and other lesser-known composers to national and international audiences. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Teaching in Vocal Coaching at Ball State University. 

Chowning holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and diplomaed Breath Coach.

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Doudna Fine Arts Center
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Charleston, IL 61920

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