Sunday June 16 - Friday June 21, 2019

**REGISTRATION CLOSED for 2019.  2020 opens February 1.**

The Summer Keyboard Institute offers young pianists and organists, ages 12-18, a unique major and minor style of study in a variety of keyboard areas. Designed for intermediate and advanced pianists and organists, all students study piano or organ as their primary then select a secondary area in organ, piano, ensemble piano, or improvisation. 
Upgrade your week with add-on private organ and piano lessons.
Daily events also include musicianship classes, master classes, faculty recitals and recreational activities. All students perform at the end of the week. The evening faculty recitals begin at 7:30pm and are open to the public.


Registration CLOSED for 2019.  2020 opens February 1. Donations and Scholarship payments may still be made through the web site.

    areas of study

    Classical studio piano and organ are the primary areas of study.  Primary small groups meet daily. Secondary options meet twice a week and offer small group classes in organ, ensemble piano, piano improvisation and music technology. 

    PRIMARY Organ: Students interested in studying organ as their primary instrument should bring at least two substantial performance-ready works to study and play on recital during the week, as well as two contrasting hymns for study in lessons.

    If you are interested in studying organ as a secondary or in private lessons:

    • Prepare 2 hymns or brief solo organ works prior to arrival. Your sessions / lessons will cover the fundamentals of organ and service playing.
    • Bring appropriate shoes to properly play the pedals. Organ shoes are essentially tap dance shoes or capezios without taps. Leather heels and soles are more appropriate than rubber. If students do not own organ-specific shoes, the best substitute is a snug-fitting loafer with normal heel.  No sandals, flip-flops or high heels. Most organists change into their shoes when time to play, so bring a bag to transport the shoes to and from lessons if you do not wish to wear them all day.

    Come prepared to perform

    Students should bring two performance-ready works for master class / recital and two additional works (in progress) for further piano study during the week.  Master class performance is encouraged but not required.

    Daily schedule

    Each day students participate in a musicianship class, master class, primary area small group lesson, practice time, recreation and social events.  Secondary area small group lessons take place twice during the week.  Private lessons are scheduled within this framework. 

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    Our accommodations

    Boarding students will be housed in either the nearby Lakeside Dorms or North Village Apartments. Two students per room, shared bathroom. Exact layout and bed size will be known and announced two weeks prior to the start of camp. Students may rent linens or bring their own. Boarding students may request a specific roommate, though both students must request each other in order to be placed together. Yes, we have a form for that! But - later in the process - not during initial registration.

    Meals will be served in our main dining hall. Our hall features a variety of diet options, including a salad bar, carving station and a wood-fire

    Students who drive to camp will be provided with a parking permit. However, students are not permitted to leave camp until the week's activities are complete. Curfews are enforced on each hall.

    Counselors will supervise all activities. But the Furman University Police Department and local law enforcement will provide additional security.

    Contact us

    Institute director:  Dr. Derek Parsons, 864-294-2099 or derek.parsons@furman.edu
    Administrator: Marcella Frese, 864.294.2086 or furmanmusic@furman.edu

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