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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)Piano kids 2
  • Two scales or other technique exercises (arpeggios, Hanon, chords, etc.)
  • A short sight-reading exercise will be provided


More Information

Please direct any questions you might have to the piano camp coordinator, Dr. Victor Cayres.


About the Piano Camp Faculty

Victor Cayres

Brazilian pianist Victor Cayres has earned praise for concerts with the Sine Nomine string quartet and as soloist with such orchestras as Boston Pops and Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. He has been a guest artist at Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Claflin University, Western Washington University, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory and State University for Arts and Culture. He has released CDs for Albany Records, Parma Records, Centaur Records, with works by American contemporary composers David Owens, Joseph Summer, and John H. Wallace. Mr. Cayres frequently performs in Brazil, Europe, and in prestigious venues in the U.S., such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Preston Bradley Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall. His concerts have been broadcast live at Brazil’s TV Cultura channel, Boston’s WGBH 99.5 All Classical, and Chicago’s WFMT Fine Arts Radi

Victor Cayres has appeared as soloist with NEC Philharmonia, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro-Musica, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Petrobras Pró-Música, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Orquestra Sinfônica and Orquestra de Câmera at University of São Paulo, collaborating with such conductors as Ronaldo Bologna, Mark Churchill, Marc David, Ryan Haskins, Gil Jardim, Keith Lockhart, Norton Morozowisk, Donald Palma, Roberto Tibiriçá, and Jan Zbavitel. Under the direction of Theophanis Kapsopoulos he has toured Czech Republic and Switzerland with the Orchestre des Jeunes de Fribourg.   

He currently serves as piano instructor and keyboard area coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. For more information, please visit:

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

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