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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 evening of July 16, 2017 (the first day of EMC).  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, Dr. Jonathan Bowman.


About the Piano Camp Faculty

Dr. Jonathan BowmanDr. Jonathan Bowman began piano studies at the age of 8. He and his siblings played with such enthusiasm that they often broke strings on their living room piano. Still noted for his energetic and incisive style, Dr. Bowman has performed around the United States as well as Germany, Italy, and Japan (and, perhaps most importantly, Disney World). His areas of academic emphasis include Baroque performance practice, the church music of Franz Liszt, and the piano music of Italy's "generazione dell'ottanta".

(read Dr. Bowman's full biography here)

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600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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