The Young Artist World Piano Festival
July 9 - 19, 2014
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, USA
For Pianists 7 to 18 years of age
Featured composer: Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel
Featuring Guest Artist: Roberto Plano
> Solo Concert Saturday, July 12, 7:30 pm
> Masterclass on Sunday, July 13, 4:00 pm
> Will Judge Finals of YAWPF Concerto Competition, Friday, July 11, 4:00 pm
Guest Artist Faculty: Eugene Pridonoff
University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Tuesday, July 15, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, July 17, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
All performances will take place at Benson Great Hall
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
The Young Artist World Piano Festival is a 10 day residential summer experiences open to young classically trained pianists between the ages of 7 and 18. Itl offers an inspirational experience of extraordinary opportunities that encourage musical growth through private lessons, masterclasses, competitions, forums, discussions, musicianship classes, recitals/concerts, and interactions with other students and teachers. This opportunity, now in its 24th successful year, brings together artist faculty and a world class guest artist with talented young pianists from across the country and beyond. Lifelong friendships are forged and students are motivated to achieve their best.
The Young Artist World Piano Festival features an exciting Concerto Competition (finals judged by the Special Guest Artist), the Guest Artist Masterclass Competition and the prestigious Honors Recital Competition. The Concerto Competition has two divisions: “12 and Under” and “12 and Over”, with the winners performing with the Festival Orchestra, Marlene Pauley, Music Director and Conductor, during the residence. Final Recitals featuring all participants are given at the end of the residence.
Documents for Students
For those considering participating in the Festival Compeitions, please review the Competition Requirements .
Our highly qualified Artist Faculty have worked extensively with teenage pianists and have many award-winning students to their credit. The faculty is in-residence at the camp and are available for conversations and sharing throughout the day. In addition to two-45 minute private lessons during the term of camp, students may be chosen, based on performance readiness, to perform in a masterclass with one of the other faculty members.
Dr. Paul Wirth
Dr. Jo Anne Link
Dr. Juan Li
As soloist with orchestra, Norell performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 at IU, and made his orchestral debut in 2001 with the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra. His prizes include first place awards in the Schubert Club Competition, the Northwestern College Concerto Competition, and the Third Biennial Lee Piano Competition.
An active teacher, Luke maintains a successful private studio and serves on the faculty of the Young Artist World Piano Festival and the Northwestern College Piano Institute. He was the Accompanying Coordinator for the Indiana University piano department for two years, and held an Associate Instructor position there for five years, teaching both private lessons and group piano classes.Norell is completing his doctorate at IU with André Watts.
Dr. Daniel Rieppel
Dr. Sean Schulze
Dr. Joseph Zins
In the spring of 1990, Dr. Paul Wirth, Artistic Director of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, and Sister Cecelia Schmitt, Director of the St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls, MN collaborated on the birthing of a new summer camp in Minnesota. Its goal was to provide an environment for precollege aged classical pianists in Minnesota to learn more about their art and bond through their shared passion. Little did they know how powerful the camp would become in its impact upon the “classical piano scene” in Minnesota. The seventeen young artists that first year found in the camp not only a valuable week-long experience, but a year-after-year inspiration - a basis for their “piano community” which continues to this day. With the growth of the internet in the twenty-first century, piano campers quickly used the “web” to stay connected throughout the year, and a support community for these young artists soon evolved. Standards of performance in the state were elevated as students motivated each other, and attendance at piano competitions increased exponentially as these young people cheered each other’s accomplishments. Attendance at the St. Francis Piano Camp blossomed through the 90’s increasing to as many as 42, necessitating the addition of more faculty, staff, and space.
In the summer of 2003, with the good wishes of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls who nurtured and helped build the camp for 12 years, the St. Frances Piano Camp was moved to the University of Minnesota Duluth and renamed the Young Artist Piano Camp. By partnering with UMD, whole new vistas opened up for the camp with the rise in student numbers to 71 (YAPC 2009) and the employment of an Artistic Director, Executive Director, 6 Artist Faculty, an internationally known Guest Artist and a staff of 5 counselors. Programs also were expanded to include a Concerto Competition in partnership with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and new ensemble opportunities for each student were incorporated. Dr. Jeanne Doty, UMD faculty, served as a camp clinician for one year, and as Executive Director for two years, streamlining the camp into an updated computer mode of administration. Pursuant to the institution of the Sieur Du Luth Summer Arts Festival (SDL SAF) in 2006, the Young Artist Piano Camp 2007 partnered with this new festival, offering a Chamber Music Competition, and an Honors Recital, given by select students of the camp to honor the SDL SAF donors and sponsors. Campers often attended SDL SAF events in the evenings depending on what events occurred during the week of camp.
In 2010, the Young Artist World Piano Festival will make its debut at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Events planned include a concert with the Festival Orchestra featuring André Watts (check out: http://www.cmartists.com/artists/andre_watts.htm), one of the premier pianists in the world. He will judge the Concerto Competition as well as give a masterclass as part of the events of the Festival. The Northern Lights Music Festival will again join forces with the YAPC to present a Chamber Music Recital featuring their international artist performers in concert with the Chamber Music Competition winner from YAPC. And if this isn’t enough excitement, NPR’s national radio program, “From the Top”, featuring host Christopher O’Riley, will do a live taping from the camp featuring many of the top students of the camp.
This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation.