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Accomplished piano students receive private instruction along with masterclasses, special topics classes, performance opportunities and practice time.

The maximum number of students selected to participate in the discipline of piano is limited to 24.

Click on "How to Apply", found on the left side of this page, for audition video and application information.

The daily schedule for piano students will include the following:

  • Masterclass (students may be chosen to perform in Masterclass)

  • Special topics classes (keyboard technique, harmonization, sight reading, history, conducting, keyboard literature, and theory)

  • Common Hour (featuring a different musical topic or opportunity each day, TBA)

  • Practice time (three to five hours per day of monitored practice time in preparation for lessons)

  • Evening recitals

  • Each student will receive two 45-minute lessons during the week.

Timothy Shafer, Professor of Piano

Tim Shafer

Timothy Shafer, professor of piano at Penn State, is recipient of the 1997 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award and has twice appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, both as a soloist and as a member of Duo Concertant. In addition to maintaining an active solo recital and chamber music schedule in the United States, he has concertized, taught, and adjudicated in South America and Asia. With performance degrees and awards from both Oberlin and Indiana University, Dr. Shafer is the founding director of the keyboard option in Penn State’s High School Summer Music Camp in 1987. For more information about Dr. Shafer, please visit: