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The Young Artist World Piano Festival


July 8 - 18, 2015

Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, USA


For Pianists 7 to 18 years of age


Featured composer: Robert and Clara Schumann



Young Artist World Piano Festival - Events Open to the Public


Featuring Guest Artist:  Marina Lomazov


> Solo Concert Saturday, July 11, 7:30 pm

> Masterclass on Sunday, July 12, 4:00 pm

> Will Judge Finals of YAWPF Concerto Competition, Friday, July 10, 4:00 pm



Guest Artist Faculty:  Nelita True

Professor of Piano Eastman School of Music University of Rochester


> Masterclasses

Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Thursday, July 16, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Private lessons to students chosen during auditions




All performances will take place at Benson Great Hall

Bethel University, St. Paul, MN



The Young Artist World Piano Festival is a10 day residential summer experience open to young classically trained pianists between the ages of 7 and 18. It 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 25th 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

Permssions and Medical Release

Packing List - Do's and Don'ts

Outing Release Form

Media Release Form

Hourly Schedule

Code of Conduct


Ticket Information



2015 Young Artist Piano Festival Brochure will be available in late January, 2015

For those considering participating in the Festival Compeitions, please review the Competition Requirements .


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Artist Faculty

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. Paul Wirth
Camp Artistic Director PAUL WIRTH is a prominent figure in our national piano teaching community.  His unique combination of masterful teaching, performing, and sense of humor has produced remarkable results in his specialty of working with pre-college age students.  With his BM from Temple University, and his MM and DM degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University, Dr. Wirth co-founded and is the Artistic Director of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Central Minnesota Music School) based in St. Cloud, MN.  He has been the featured speaker at local, regional, and national organizations.  His students have been first-prize winners of regional, national, and international competitions and performed over 60 times as soloists with orchestras.  A unique supporter of young performers, he co-founded the Salon se Lève Concert Series in Minneapolis, which awards over $2,000 annually to emerging young artists.

Nancy Bachus


Nancy Bachus
Nancy Bachus is an internationally known teacher and music historian who taught both applied and academic subjects at the college and university levels for more than 25 years. Certified as a Master Teacher by MTNA, she was the OhioMTA Foundation Fellow for 2011 for her contributions to the music profession. As an author and clinician for Alfred Music Publishing, she has been featured at numerous piano teachers’ organizations throughout the United States, at three European Piano Teachers Association Conferences, and in Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand. She has authored the highly acclaimed “Spirit” anthologies: Baroque Spirit, Classical Spirit, Romantic Spirit, and Beyond the Romantic Spirit; the Exploring Piano Classics graded repertoire and technique series; and co-authored Great Music and Musicians, an overview of music history, for Alfred Music Publishing.

She served on the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society and is currently the Associate Editor for Repertoire and Performance for Clavier Companion magazine. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and student of pianist Eugene List and the accompanist Brooks Smith, Nancy has coached in recent years with Fernando Laires. She has performed solo recitals in many states, Italy and Canada, and was in the original “Monster Concerts” at Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the White House; and on two “Monster Concert” recordings. She is on the piano faculty at Cleveland State University, and also maintains an independent piano studio in Hudson, Ohio.

Dr. Jo Anne Link


Dr. Jo Anne Link
Pianist JO ANNE LINK has appeared extensively as soloist, duo-pianist, and chamber musician throughout the Midwest and Southwest. She has appeared as soloist with the Maple Mount Festival Orchestra, the Jordan Conservatory Orchestra, and has toured as soloist with the University of Arizona Orchestra. Her teachers have included the Rudolph Ganz pupil and master teacher, Martin Marks, and the eminent pianist, Lee Luvisi (pupil of Rudolph Serkin and Mieczyslav Horszowski). Among the many awards received by her students are the following: Winner-MTNA National Baldwin Awards-State Division and 1st and 2nd place in the International Recording Competition of Austin, Texas. Dr. Link lives in St. Paul with her husband, Dr. Joseph Zins, where they share a studio devoted to the training of gifted and talented young musicians.

Dr. Daniel Rieppel

Dr. Juan Li
Born into a musical family, Juan Li started learning piano at the age of 5. By age 7, she won the First Young Artist Competition in her home state, Hubei (China), beginning 13 years of study at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1998, she immigrated to the United States on full scholarship at the University of Notre Dame to pursue her MM in Piano Performance, followed by the DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota, studying under Alexander Braginsky.  Awards include first prizes in the Mozart Piano Competition (Shanghai, China), the Schubert Club Competition (Minnesota), the Elinor Bell Competition and Fellowship (Minnesota), and the University of Notre Dame’s Concerto Competition (Indiana). 
Dr. Li is an active performer, her most recent appearances including the BRAVO! Festival (University of Minnesota); the Cello, an American Experience (International Cello Camp, St. Olaf College) and a concert tour in southern China.  She has soloed with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (Shanghai, China); City Orchestra, and Bethel University Orchestra (St. Paul, MN); Brentwood Symphony (St. Louis, MO), Notre Dame Symphony (Indiana) and Auburn Symphony (California).  In April 2005, her Mozart Piano Concerto K488 with the Auburn Symphony was praised as “exquisite and exhilarating,” and her Rachmaninoff 2nd Concerto with the City Orchestra in 2003 received tremendous public acclaim.  Dr. Li regularly performs for the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. In 2005, her interview/performance on Free Radio Asia from Washington, D.C was broadcast throughout the US and China. She also was chosen as a teacher/performer for the Piano Texas/Cliburn International Institute and Festival in Fort Worth Texas.  A dedicated chamber musician, Dr. Li attended the Aspen Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan as one of eight pianists selected from around the world. In 2005, Juan Li joined the piano faculty at Bethel University.

Dr. Daniel Rieppel

Luke Norell
A native of rural Minnesota, Luke Norell has concertized internationally as soloist and chamber musician. He recently performed as a semi-finalist at the 2012 Panama International Piano Competition, and presented a lecture recital on Bach’s French Overture at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also performs frequently with his wife Mary Rose as the Norell Piano Duo. Luke has appeared in collaboration with the Artaria String Quartet, as well as having attended the Webster University Chamber Music Vienna festival, performing at the Universität für Musik in Vienna.

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.
Horacio Nuguid


Horacio Nuguid
Pianist Horacio Nuguid has been inspiring and captivating his audience with elegance and beautiful tone at the piano. He collaborated as soloist with various orchestras such as the Manila Symphony, Rochester Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony, and the Austin Symphony in performances of some of the standard concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and Rachmaninov. As founder and artistic director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Nuguid performs in recitals regularly both as a piano soloist and collaborator with distinguished artists and ensembles in the region.

Born in Manila, Philippines, Horacio Nuguid began formal music training at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music at age 14. As a recipient of the school's scholarship award, he studied piano under Milagros de Ocampo and Stella Goldenberg Brimo. Nuguid developed a fine technical command of the instrument and at age 18 was awarded the top prize at the National Music Competition for Young Artists in the Philippines. After his completion of the Bachelor of Music Degree, Nuguid continued his music studies in the United States and worked with internationally acclaimed concert pianists Howard Aibel and Ian Hobson. He completed the Master of Music Degree at the University of Northern Iowa and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Horacio Nuguid currently resides in Rochester Minnesota and is also an active music teacher. He and his wife, Rosanna, maintain a full teaching load of motivated piano students in the area. Horacio Nuguid serves as a clinician at the Young Artist World Piano Festival held annually at Bethel University, working together with internationally renowned piano teachers and teaching some of the finest young artists in the nation.

Dr. Daniel Rieppel

Dr. Daniel Rieppel
DANIEL RIEPPEL, a native Minnesotan of Austrian descent, holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, and a DMA from the University of Minnesota. In 1990, Dr. Rieppel made his Ordway debut recital which was broadcast by MPR, and since has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, England, and the Republic of Panama both on his own and as a soloist with several orchestras. He has worked often as a chamber musician with members of both the
Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and recently founded the Schubert Trio, of which he is a member. In 1998, Dr. Rieppel joined the faculty of Southwest State University. He divides his time between the Twin Cities and Marshall, where he lives with his wife, Panamanian harpsichordist Julieta Alvarado, and their two children.

Dr. Horacio Nuguid

Dr. Sean Schulze
Sean Schulze is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he teaches piano pedagogy and piano literature to conservatory graduate and undergraduate students and serves as Chair of CIM’s nationally recognized Preparatory Piano Department. After receiving his early training in South Africa where he studied with two of that country’s most renowned pedagogues, Moira Birks and Isabella Stengel, he was invited to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona on full scholarship where he studied with Nicholas Zumbro (a student of the famed Rosina Lhévinne). He undertook further studies with Brazilian pianist Caio Pagano and has performed in masterclasses for many of today’s leading pianists and pedagogues including Yoheved Kaplinsky, Bela Siki, Nelita True, John Owings, Martin Canin, Tamás Ungár, and Joseph Banowetz. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with many orchestras – the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (twice), the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, The Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Arizona Symphony Orchestra – and has performed as a solo and chamber musician throughout Ohio and the US. A sought-after teacher, adjudicator and clinician, Sean Schulze’s students have performed as concerto soloists with various orchestras and continue to win prizes regularly in competitions throughout the United States. In 2008, Schulze founded and continues to direct Summer Sonata, an intensive two-week program of lessons and masterclasses for talented pianists aged 10-18 which takes place annually on the CIM campus.

Dr. Joseph Zins


Dr. Joseph Zins
As winner of the prestigious Young Pianist Competition of the Indiana State Symphony Society, pianist JOSEPH ZINS made his professional debut to critical acclaim at the age of seventeen with the Indianapolis Symphony.  In addition to 15 subsequent solo appearances with the ISO before the age of twenty-two, he has also appeared as soloist with many other orchestras and concertized widely as soloist, duo-pianist and chamber player in works ranging from Bach to Messiaen. Joseph’s musical heritage is an eclectic mix of the Russian, French, and German Schools. His students have excelled in local, state, and national competitions, and have appeared on NPR’s program From the Top and Music da camera. Dr. Zins was named Thursday Musical’s Teacher of the Year, 2003-2004.



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.