Advanced Piano Institute

2017 Advanced Piano Institute June 26 - July 8 (please note, student orientation on June 25)

(Students aged 14 - 18)

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Founded in 2005, Elm City ChamberFest Advanced Piano Institute is a small and specialized program for experienced pianists aged 14 – 18. Daily classes take place on parts of the Yale University Campus in New Haven, CT. Yale locations include the Divinity School, Stoeckel Hall, William L. Harkness Hall, Battell Chapel, as well as the Celentano Museum Academy (adjacent to Yale Divinity School). Students are housed in Yale Colleges under the care of ECCF Residential Staff, or local area students may opt to commute each day.

In addition to daily chamber music coachings, pianists participate in specialized technique classes, work closely in master classes and private lessons with faculty and guest artists on solo repertoire, performance practice and accompanying skills.  Pianists will be asked to bring two previously learned solo works at the start of summer classes so that they will fully benefit from the experience of working with the faculty and guest artists during the two weeks. Students' schedules will include two private lessons per week that will explore both solo as well as chamber repertoire, chamber music coachings, practice time, piano technique and sight reading classes, as well as a choice of electives.  

ECCF Advanced Piano Institute students’ schedules consist of weekly chamber music performances, daily coachings, twice weekly private lessons, guest artist and faculty master classes and daily piano seminars. Additionally, students can choose to participate in a variety of electives and workshops including conducting, Jazz, theater improvisation, recording, music theory, Yoga and Alexander Technique.

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A typical day of a High School ECCF piano student might look something like this:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 Piano Seminar

10:15– 11:30 Private lessons, electives, group rehearsal or practice time

11:30 – 1:00 Chamber Music Coaching

1:00 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Private lessons, electives, group rehearsal or practice time

3:00 – 4:30 Master classes or workshops, group rehearsals or individual free time.

5:00 – 6:30 Dinner Break

6:30 Evening rehearsals, master classes, workshops or recreational activities. 

There are two Wednesday evening Faculty and Guest Artist concerts at 7:30pm in Yale University’s Sudler Hall.  These evening concerts are optional for students, but are extremely inspiring and highly encouraged!  Student concerts are at the end of each week. 

Fun Facts!

  • Yale is ranked 3rd for 2014 among national universities by U.S. News and World Reports, and their School of Music is ranked 5th by the website Music School Central.
  • Founded in 1701, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
  • 90% of our ECCF Faculty and Guest Artists are Yale graduates.
  • Aside from its historical university, New Haven is also known for its outstanding pizza! 

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Advanced Piano Institute Audition requirements:

Two scales and arpeggios of your choice, 2 contrasting pieces (for example: a movement of Bach and Chopin) and you will be given a sight-reading excerpt.  Live auditions are strongly encouraged, however, should you be unable to attend a live audition, please submit a recording via our online dropbox no later than March 20th.  Recorded auditions should include 2 major and 2 minor scales, plus arpeggios in addition to your contrasting pieces.

To start an application, go to our Apply! Page.