School of Performing Arts: Summer Piano Institute

A Summer Camp for Pianists

Celebrating the Piano Sonata
The ISU Summer Piano Institute is funded by generous grants from the Bistline Foundation and Musicians West.

General Information

Dates: June 24-28, 2013

Location: Idaho State University Fine Arts Building and Stephens Performing Arts Center

Cost: $190 Tuition and lunch
$336 Tuition, all meals and lodging

About the Camp

The ISU Piano Institute is a week-long piano camp for serious intermediate and advanced pianists who are entering the 8th through the 12th grades. The week features activities from 9 a.m. to about 9 p.m. every day. These activities include solo and collaborative performance study, music classes, and various other group activities. Pianists from anywhere are invited to attend and will be admitted based on a few criteria that we determine from your application and conversations with applicants and their teachers. The number of attendees is limited, so early application is encouraged to ensure admittance.

This year, some performances and classes will be organized around the concept of the “piano sonata.”  Guest and faculty/alumni concerts will feature sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Skryabin, and Ravel, among others.  Piano literature and theory classes will also be centered on the sonata as a genre and form.

Students can choose to stay in dorms and eat all meals on campus. Students who choose to stay at home will still eat lunch on campus and participate in all camp activities. Students who live an hour or more from Pocatello are encouraged to stay in the dormitories from Sunday night through Thursday night and eat their meals at the school cafeteria. The tuition also includes lunches for all students, even those who are not boarding, in order to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

Students will be joined by experienced camp counselors in the dorms and at meals.

For information, contact Dr. Kori Bond at (208) 282-2551 or


To register, fill out the brochure and application form and send it along with the non-refundable deposit of $25 (applied towards tuition; checks should be made out to ISU Piano Institute) by June 1 to:

Dr. Kori Bond
Idaho State University
Department of Music
921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8099
Pocatello, ID 83209-8099

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please include a brief letter describing your financial need. You may also be asked to submit a recording at a later date.

Tentative Schedule

Daytime Activities
Master Classes Seminars
Piano Ensembles Private Lessons
Practicing Literature Classes
Composition Lessons

Participants may choose to have a private piano and/or composition lesson with one of the faculty for an additional $20.

Evening Recitals

Held at the Stephens Performing Arts Center
All recitals begin at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 24  - Guest Pianist Jason Hardink

Tuesday, June 25 - ISU Faculty, Alumni and Students

Thursday, June 27 - Student Solo Night

Friday, June 28 - Student Duet Concert

Piano Institute Directors

Dr. Kori Bond is Professor of Piano at Idaho State University, where she began teaching after completing her doctorate at Indiana University under the direction of Edward Auer. Bond has performed on numerous university and college campuses, recital series, and with several symphony orchestras throughout the country. Her recording of the Complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Dmitri Shostakovich was released by Centaur Records in 2007. Last year, she was featured as a guest faculty member and performer at the Edward Auer Piano Festival at Indiana University.

Mark Neiwirth has maintained a busy professional career for the last thirty years as a solo and collaborative pianist and concerto soloist, studio teacher, clinician, and arts administrator. He chaired the piano department at the Sun Valley School of Music for six years, and is Adjunct Professor of piano at ISU. After several years as a national Columbia Artist performer, Neiwirth returned to his native Idaho to begin his great contributions to the art scene as a performer, teacher, and as founder and director of Musicians West, an organization that sponsors piano competitions and numerous other arts endeavors. He is a Distinguished Steinway Artist.

Other Faculty

Dr. Thom Hasenpflug
Director, ISU School of the Performing Arts

Michelle Adams
Adjunct Professor, ISU

David Campbell

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