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Summer Institute for Piano and Strings (SIPS)


June 24-29, 2019

Celebrating Russian Music

The ISU Summer Institute for Piano and Strings is a unique week-long music camp for teenage pianists and string players. Students will have the opportunity to rehearse, coach, perform chamber music, and perform in orchestra and choir.

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  • Take your playing to the next level
  • Improve performance skills
  • Learn history, literature and theory
  • Participate in camp choir
  • Discover Russian composers
  • Make new friends
  • Play in master classes
  • Explore new piano literature
  • Experience ensemble coaching
  • Try new practice techniques
  • Play in orchestra
  • Enhance skills in chamber groups
  • Experience sectional coaching
  • Delve into new string techniques and methods
  • Roller skating and laser tag
  • Large group games
  • Create arts and crafts
  • Learn new dances and movement
  • Build confidence in team building activities


Senior Piano and Strings

Sunday, June 23, ISU Fine Arts Building
5 - 6:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. Orientation
8:30 p.m. Dorm Resident Orientation

Junior Piano and Junior Strings

Monday, June 24 • 8:30 a.m.
ISU Fine Arts Building
Choir Room 110

Evening Public Recitals

7:30 p.m. • Jensen Grand Concert Hall

Monday, June 24* ISU Faculty and Alumni
Tuesday, June 25* ISU Faculty and Alumni
Thursday, June 27 Student Solo Night
and ISU Scholarship Competition
Saturday, June 29 Final Concert, 10 a.m.

*Monday and Tuesday tickets
$10 for adults
$8 for ISU faculty/staff
$5 for pre-college students

Free for ISU students and Summer Institute students
Thursday and Saturday concerts are free.


$50 deposit due with application

Junior Piano and Strings

Monday-Friday • 9 a.m. to Noon

Junior Piano is open to elementary and intermediate pianists entering the 3rd through 7th grades, who have completed at least a primer-level book. Junior Strings is open to students who have had one or more years of experience. Students will:

  • compose
  • improvise
  • play duets
  • study music history
  • do movement
  • sing
  • play musical games
  • learn theory
  • practice technique
  • perform

Junior Piano Director: Laura Larson,
Junior Strings Director: KC Chojnacki,


Senior Piano and Strings

Monday-Friday • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Senior Piano and Strings is open to intermediate and advanced pianists and orchestral string players. They will participate in a variety of activities including ensemble coaching, master classes, orchestra, and classes in music theory and history, arts and crafts, and movement. Students will also be able to participate in well chaperoned recreational and team building activities.


Senior Piano/Strings Tuition

This includes lodging and meals.


Students are welcome to stay in the dorms and eat all meals on campus, especially those who live 30 or more miles from Pocatello. Everyone will eat lunch and participate in all activities together. Attendance at all classes and recitals is mandatory.

Private Instruction

Private lessons with faculty are available for an additional fee of $20 for a 30 minute lesson.


Partial scholarships are available. Submit a letter or email of request showing financial need, along with a letter of recommendation from your teacher before June 1. Send to for piano, or to for strings.

Scholarship Competition

Students who will be high school seniors in Fall 2019 are invited to compete in our annual scholarship competition. A $1,000 scholarship to study music at ISU in Fall 2020 will be awarded to each piano and string winner.


Faculty & Staff 

Faculty and Staff

Mark Neiwirth, Artistic Director
Dr. Kori Bond, Director of Piano Division
Dr. Hyeri Choi, Director of Strings Division
Dr. Julie Sorensen, Orchestra Conductor
Elissa Jones, Choral Conductor
Alexis McBroom, Administrative Assistant

Core Instructors

Dr. Kori Bond, and Mark Neiwirth, Piano
Dr. Hyeri Choi, Violin/Viola
Dr. Eleanor Cox, Cello
Katey Gutman, Double Bass
Dr. Thom Hasenpflug, Composition
Kathryn Chojnacki, Junior Strings
Laura Larson, Junior Piano