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College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Summer Keyboard Explorations

June 25 — 30, 2017

Grades 7-12

For the 28th consecutive year, middle school and high school students can work with award-winning Washington State University faculty to study classical piano, jazz piano/improvisation, and organ. With a limited number of students, Summer Keyboard Explorations offers students the opportunity to work with different faculty one-on-one each day, thus sending them home at week’s end with a variety of information and different views about how they can improve their playing. In addition to a faculty concert, SKE features a guest artist who will perform a concert and give a master class to the students. The week’s events culminate in a student concert that includes ensemble playing, a highlight of many student’s experience at SKE!

Camp Activities and Studies:

SKE is excited to bring a guest artist to work with students every summer.

Faculty will offer individual studio lessons in classical piano as well as a choice of organ, jazz piano, and improvisation. Students will also participate as a group in masterclasses on solo performance literature, technique, and ensemble playing. The faculty will assess the playing level of students upon arrival at camp in order to place them in appropriate ensembles.

During the week, students will have time to practice, relax, use the University Recreation Center, and participate in evening programs. The faculty and counselors will provide 24-hour supervision of the campers. Responsible camp counselors will stay in the dormitory with all the boarding students.

Students should bring at least three pieces to study:

  • one ready to perform in the final concert
  • two that are in working progress

2017 Guest Artist:

SKE is excited to welcome guest artist Dr. Chris Weldon from Los Angeles, where he is a pianist, teacher, composer and arranger.

Dr. Weldon has performed in the United States, Europe and Asia.

He was a featured artist at the International Chopin and Aspen music festivals, and appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Brno Chamber Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra. He also collaborated as chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection, HOAM Art Hall (Seoul), and with numerous members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

He holds a doctorate degree from the Juilliard School and lives in Los Angeles with his family where he is the Director of Worship at Pacific Crossroads Church.


Participants arrive and move into the residence hall on Sunday, June 25th. All boarding students will be provided dinner on Sunday evening and an orientation to the camp. Commuting students may join boarders for the Sunday evening dinner and orientation, or receive the camp schedule on Monday morning, June 26th. The closing concert is Friday, June 30th, beginning at 1 p.m. The camp ends at the conclusion of the concert.


  • All Camp Activities: $395
  • All Camp Activities plus Room and Board: $550
  • Key Deposit (boarding campers only) to be returned at checkout: $60

Online Registration:

Click here to register online.


* Medical/Surgical Treatment Authorization
* Emergency Information and Release
* SRC Youth Activities Waiver
* SRC Youth Activities Waiver

* Forms to be mailed in by June 1st, 2017

School of Music, PO Box 645300, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-5300, 509-335-3898

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