Advanced Piano Camp

Advanced Senior Piano Camp

June 23-29, 2019

(For Senior High Pianists, age 14-18.*  Pianists aged 13 or younger - please register for Junior Camp.) Advanced Senior Piano Camp is an intensive, one-week program that runs simultaneously with SMAS Senior Camp.  It features masterclasses, performances, individual lessons, and duet chamber music for advanced pianists in senior high school.  At the conclusion of the week on Saturday, all students will perform in a studio recital/concert.

Eight outstanding pianists will be chosen based on auditions to attend the camp. Senior Division Winners of this year’s Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Piano Competition are automatically considered for placement into Advanced Senior Piano Camp and are thus exempt from sending an audition recording.  Ghiglieri winners must notify Dr. Sarah Chan, piano instructor of the Advanced Senior Piano Camp, of their intent to participate in the camp no later than May 1.  For other applicants, please note that space is limited, so please provide your application and audition recordings early.

Note to all applicants: 

  • You must have the capacity to perform a piece at a high performance level and be ready within the five days of camp to perform at the end-of-week public recital/concert.
  • You must have the ability to sight-read music, learn notes quickly, and learn new a piece (duet) within four to five days for public performance.  For eligibility of sight-reading levels, please refer to this sample page of duet reading level which must be achieved within five days: 

Who’s eligible?

Any Pianist aged *14-18 (age at time of camp).

  • Pianists who are 13 will be considered, but may incur extra charges if they are a resident during the camp.

How to apply

  1. Upload an audition video to that fulfills the audition requirements (see instructions to follow).
  2. By May 1st, email the following under the subject heading, “SMAS-ASPC Audition: (insert Last Name, First Name)”, to Joe Mazzaferro at
  • Your name, age, and address
  • Your parent’s/parents’ name(s)
  • You or your parent’s telephone and email contact information
  • Your piano teacher’s name and email contact information
  • The weblink to your YouTube audition video, along with full titles/composer names of each piece and the timings at which each piece begins

Audition Video Instructions and Requirements

Create a YouTube video which shows yourself performing two pieces of contrasting style and periods.  You may submit, for example, one Classical piece and one Baroque piece, or one Baroque and Romantic piece, or one Classical piece and one Contemporary piece.  Do not submit two pieces from the same period (i.e., two pieces from the Classical period, or two pieces from the Baroque period, etc.).  Following are examples of solo pieces that would be suitable for your audition:


Bach: Prelude/Fugue from Well-Tempered Clavier, Sinfonia, Invention, Keyboard Suite (French Suite, English Suite, Partita), Italian Concerto Scarlatti, Soler: Sonata Handel: Keyboard suite


Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Clementi: movement of a sonata; fantasy; bagatelle; set of variations


Brahms: Intermezzo
Chopin: Nocturne, Prelude, Mazurka, Scherzo, Ballade, Waltz, Berceuse, EtudesSchumann: movements from character piece suites (Kinderszenen, Papillons, Abegg Variations)
Schubert: Impromptus, Moments Musicaux
Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Etudes, Moments Musicaux
Scriabin: Preludes


Debussy: Prelude; Arabesque, Suite Bergamesque; movement from Children’s Corner, Images, Estampes Prelude, Estampes
Ravel: Sonatine, Jeux d’Eaux
Bartok: Suite, Op. 14; works from Mikrokosmos Book V or VI
Prokofiev: movement from sonata
Schoenberg: Op. 11, Op. 19

If accepted - students should prepare and bring the following to camp:

  1. Two to three solo pieces: One piece should be fully learned, near-performance ready.  During the week of camp, Dr. Chan will help you refine your playing as well as work on details of the piece in order to bring your music to a high performance level by the fifth day of camp. The second piece should be something you would additionally like to work on; it need not be at a finished level upon entrance into camp. If time permits, a third piece of your choice may also be worked on at your piano lessons and masterclass.
  2. The ability to sight-read, learn notes, and perform a new piece within four-five days is required, as each pianist will be paired and assigned a duet to learn and perform. The level of reading ability for a duet will be similar to the following primo part (usually reading in two treble clefs) and secondo part (usually reading in two bass clefs) of a duet.  (Please be aware that the middle section of a duet usually entails a more difficult level of reading and playing ability).  Please refer to these links for sample levels of duet repertoire:





Important 2019 Deadlines

By May 1st – All audition performances must be received
By May 5th  – Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status
By May 15th  – Accepted students must notify Joe Mazzaferro by email of their intent to attend camp as well as submit their printed application and payment to the cashier's office (address on application)