The goal of the Piano Institute is to provide a concentrated week of stimulating musical activities which will motivate and encourage students in their piano studies.
Who May Study
The Institute is open to serious piano students ages 11-18 (intermediate to advanced levels). Students will be grouped according to age and ability.
If you are new to the Piano Institute, please submit an audio recording (cassette or CD) of at least one piece from current repertoire. Electronic music files may also be submitted via email to Dr. Richard Lange.
- Daily lessons
- Ensemble experience
- Classes: Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Piano Literature, Performance, and Improvisation
The Friday Ensemble Recital features duets and trios learned during the Institute. Students must prepare a memorized piece prior to the Institute and will perform that piece at the Saturday Solo Recital.
- Students may bring a sack lunch, or
- Lunch is available in the campus cafeteria (choose this option when you register online.)
- Ages 14 and older only
- Available in University of Northwestern dormitories, Sunday–Friday nights (includes A/C & private bath)
- Planned evening activities and swimming are available to students
- Adult supervision provided
- Dorms are equipped with a stove, microwave and refrigerator for breakfast and evening meals
- 45-minute class sessions/lessons
- Two scheduled practice periods per day
|3:15-4:00 p.m.||Master class|
|Friday||4:30 p.m.||Ensemble Recital|
|Saturday||10:00 a.m.||Solo Recital|
Step 1: Register online or contact the Academy Office at 651-631-5108 to register over the phone.
Step 2: If you choose to pay with a check, please mail payment to the Academy office address below.
Step 3: If you are new to the Piano Institute, submit an audition recording to: Academy of Music, 3003 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN 55113
Registration opens: April 1, 2014
Registration deadline: June 21, 2014*
*Late Registration Fee $20
Refund Policy: 50% refund if student withdraws after the registration deadline
Registration Fee is nonrefundable
About Dr. Paul Wirth
Dr. Paul Wirth has taught many prize-winning students. He received his B.A. in piano performance from Temple University and graduate degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, where he was personal assistant to world-renowned pianist Sidney Foster. He co-founded and is now the Artistic Director of the Central Minnesota Music School in St. Cloud, with over 300 students. Dr. Wirth has had many speaking engagements and solo performances throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
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