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Concordia Summer Piano Music Festival

July 15-July 26, 2024

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Summer Piano Music Festival

The Concordia Summer Piano Music Fest is like a cool summer jam for piano-loving kids aged 11 and up. It's all about diving deep into piano music, going beyond the usual practice routine. We're talking about exploring musical vibes and elements that make piano playing a blast. This program isn't just about nailing down those technical piano moves. It's a full-on musical journey that covers all aspects of becoming a pro pianist. We want our young maestros to not only crush it on the keys but also get the bigger picture of what it means to be a musician. And hey, it's not your typical summer camp – it's a two-week adventure where these talented pianists get to soak in the joy of playing music. We're all about boosting that love for music and making performances.

You’ll Learn

Piano Performance

  • Two masterclass performance with distinguished artist-teachers
  • Two private lessons with a member of distinguished artist-teachers
  • Two Piano ensemble lessons
  • One Piano Ensemble Masterclass
  • Concerto Masterclass
  • Concerto Concert – Selected pianists performing with the Chamber Orchestra
  • Faculty and Guest Artist Recitals
  • Final Recital
  • How to prepare the Recital Performance
  • Individual and Ensemble Practice Time

Featured classes

  • Ancestors of Piano – Harpsichord and Organ:
    • Understanding the ancestors of the piano is like unlocking a musical time capsule. It gives you insight into the roots of the instrument, which is key to interpreting compositions from different eras.  Start with the harpsichord and clavichord – the piano's cool great-grandparents. These keyboards had their own unique sounds and playing styles. Understanding how musicians approached these instruments can shed light on early keyboard music.
  • Keyboard Improvisation (Jazz):
    • Let's dive into the world of jazz harmony! We love to spice things up with some sweet chords and progressions.  Let's cook up some tasty jazz harmony!
  • Dancing to Baroque Music Types:
    • This movement class will introduce students to ways that people across Europe danced to “Baroque” music types in the late 1600s and early 1700s.  Following a bodily warm-up each day, students will learn the basics of dancing to bourées, gavottes, menuets, and sarabandes, working sometimes with partners and sometimes in small groups. Dress in comfortable clothing that shows your feet, lower legs, and knees, and wear bare feet or socks (but no ballet slippers or street shoes.)  
  • Piano Technique:
    • How to use your body to play piano
  • Let’s play rhythms (Dalcroze Eurythmics):
    • You're not just sitting and playing notes; you're moving, grooving, and feeling the rhythm in your entire body. Dalcroze Eurhythmics, as it's called, is all about syncing your body movements with the music.
  • Handbell Ensemble:
    • Let's break that piano-playing solitude and bring in some ensemble vibes with handbells! Playing handbells with friends is like creating a magical symphony together. It's teamwork, and it's a ton of fun.
  • Seminar for the Featured composer:
    • Frederic Chopin
  • The Musician's Body – Maintenance for Peak Performance:
    • These informative, interactive workshops are designed to help musicians use our body and mind most effectively as we engage in musical activities, be they warming up, practicing, rehearsing, or performing.

Registration and Audition

Video Recordings required to apply. Use YouTube or a similar video-sharing platform to share one or two recordings that demonstrate your highest level of musical achievement. Participants will be selected to participate based on their video audition submission.

The submitted selections must represent one of the following style periods :
Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, 20th and 21st Century.

Program Schedule July 15th - July 26th, 2024 Cost
Early application April 1st, 2024 $30.00
Announcement of acceptance by April 5th, 2024 Tuition must be paid by April 10th, 2024
Regular application May 1st, 2024 $60.00
Announcement of acceptance by May 5th, 2024 Tuition must be paid by May 10th, 2024
Age 11 yrs. and up  
Tuition Domestic Students $1,590.00
  International Students $1,930.00
Room and Board No meals provided on Weekends $920.00
Optional Lunch Package   $130.00
Concerto performance application Optional $60.00
Concerto Performance fee Selected performers for the concerto concert $500.00

Registration/Tickets

Concerto Performance Audition, 2023

Six performers who are selected from the Concerto Audition, will perform with the Chamber Orchestra led by the Conductor & Pianist, Sung Chang at the Concerto Concert During the Festival.
Audition Date : July 19th, 2024
Repertoires : One movement of following repertoires.

  • W. A. Mozart
    • Piano Concerto No.5 in D major, K.175
    • Piano Concerto No.6 in B-flat major, K.238
    • Piano Concerto No.8 in C major, K.246
    • Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat major, K.271
    • Piano Concerto No.11 in F major, K.413
    • Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414
    • Piano Concerto No.13 in C major, K.415
    • Piano Concerto No.14 in E-flat major, K.449
    • Piano Concerto No.16 in D major, K.451
    • Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K.453
    • Piano Concerto No.18 in B-flat major, K.456
    • Piano Concerto No.19 in F major, K.459
    • Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
    • Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467
    • Piano Concerto No.22 in E-flat major, K.482
    • Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488
    • Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491
    • Piano Concerto No.25 in C major, K.503
    • Piano Concerto No.26 in D major, K.537
  • L. v. Beethoven
    • No. 1-5 All Concerti
  • E. Grieg
    • Piano Concerto, Op.16 (1st movement)
  • F.Chopin
    • Piano Concerto, Op.11, No.1 1st movement

Faculty

Program Director: Dr. Hyunjoo Choi

Lessons and Masterclass

Featured Class:

Dr. Robert Watson


Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton, pianist Dr. Rob Watson has performed solo in China, Japan, England, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, and the United States. He has also appeared in chamber music performances with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, and faculty of the Milan (Italy) Conservatory.

Awarded a $50,000. grant by Cal State Fullerton, he developed and now coordinates the Performance Science Centre Lab helping music faculty and students to grow as performers and teachers by applying principles of the psychology of performance, anatomy and physiology of movement, and musicians’ health and wellness. He has lectured and given presentations at international and national conferences in Asia and the United States on these topics, as well.

Dr. Judy Huang

As the Grand Prize winner of the 2004 Carmel Music Society Competition, Dr. Judy Huang has brought sensitivity, depth, and richness to her music through her versatility, lyricism, and technique. From her New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2006, and each appearance since, she has received great acclaim.

Dr. Huang has performed in concerts and given recitals around the world, from Taiwan, to the United States and Europe. As a soloist, she has performed with such orchestras as the Marina Del Rey-Westchester Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Ventura Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Concordia Orchestra, Crossroads Chamber Orchestra, UCLA Philharmonia, and Palermo Orchestra (Italy). As a chamber musician, she was a member of the Pro Arte Trio, which performed in the Young Artist Peninsula Music Festival and was featured in live performances on KUSC 91.5 FM. The trio was awarded first prizes in both the Chamber Music Society of MontereyPeninsula Competition and the Music Teacher Association of California Chamber Music Competition. Sharing her passion of chamber music, she is dedicated to community outreach programs and has collaborated with members of Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Huang received her BA, MM, and DMA degrees from UCLA. Her principle teachers were Robert Turner, Ming Qiang Li, Aube Tzerko, and Vitaly Margulis. She has taught at UCLA, Los Angeles Valley College, and International Institute for Young Musicians and Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana.

Dr. Huang has served as adjudicator in the MTNA Competitions in California and for the Music Teacher Association of California. Most recently, she is appointed as the State Chair of the Music Teacher Association of California Association of California Concerto/Solo Piano Competitions. Dr. Huang, a consistent national and international prize winner in solo competitions, also performs Duo Piano concerts with Turkish pianist, Fureya Unal throughout California.

Dr. Ick-Choo Moon


Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “power, virtuosity and mastery of tone color that is vivid and evocative,” Korean-born pianist Ick-Choo Moon is the recipient of numerous awards including those from the Montreal and Geneva International Competitions, and the Gina Bachauer International Competition at the Juilliard School. In 1989, he gave a critically acclaimed New York recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as winner of the William Petschek Award.

Since making his US debut with the Minnesota Orchestra under Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Moon has performed as soloist with the Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Center Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Leningrad Symphony, KBS Orchestra, Korean Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and others. He has also given recitals in the US, Canada, England, Russia, France, Japan and Korea. His performances have been broadcast frequently on radio and TV in the United States, Canada and Korea.

Moon grew up in the US and Canada as well as in his native Korea and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and with Gyorgy Sebok at Indiana University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees with highest distinction. He later received his doctor of musical arts degree from the Juilliard School where he worked with Sascha Gorodnitzki.

Currently Professor Emeritus of Piano at Seoul National University in Korea, Moon has also taught at UCLA where he headed the piano department and at University of Southern California. During the summers he has taught and performed at Brevard Music Center, the Chautauqua Institute, Festival MusicAlp in France, Amalfi Music Festival in Italy and in numerous festivals in Korea. He has also been a jury member in several international competitions such as the Cleveland, Franz Liszt (Budapest), Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Honens, Seoul, Hamamatsu, Ljubljana and others.

Dr. Hae-Young Moon

Hae-Young Moon made her orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 14 as a winner of their concerto competition. She enrolled in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School the following year. During her studies there she received the Walter Damrosch Award which enabled her to study in France with Gaby Casadesus and Nadia Boulanger. After a detour as a student at Columbia University, she returned to Juilliard where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as a scholarship student of Nadia Reisenberg. During her stay in New York, she was a winner of several awards including prizes in the New York Philharmonic Concerto auditions, Portland Symphony Competition and the Young Musicians Competition of New York.

Ms. Moon continued her studies at University of Southern California as a doctoral candidate under John Perry. At the same time, she worked as an assistant lecturer at USC, as an instructor in Loyola Marymount University’s pre-college division and as instructor of piano pedagogy at CSULA. She went on to teach at UC Riverside but also devoted much of her time to her private studio. Her students won many prizes such as those from the LA Philharmonic’s Bronislaw Kaper Awards, Spotlight Awards, Young Musicians Foundation scholarships, MTAC and CAPMT competitions and SYMF. Many of her students went on to study at schools such as Juilliard, Peabody, Eastman, Yale and USC. Several are currently active as performers and college faculty members in the Los Angeles area.

Although her primary interest as a musician is in teaching, Ms. Moon has performed in numerous solo and chamber music performances including those in Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall of New York, in Los Angeles, and in Korea. Until her recent return to Southern California, she spent 23 years in Seoul, Korea where, known as Hae-Young Chun, she taught at Seoul National University, Seoul Arts High School and Sunwha High School of the Arts.

Dr.Hyeyeon Jung

Associate professor of piano at Kunsan National University in Korea

The Korean Association of Piano Pedagogy. A native of Korea, Hyeyeon Jung is an active soloist, chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and educator. She received Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and a Master degree in piano pedagogy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her prior musical training was at Seoul National University (Bachelor of Music) and Cleveland Institute of Music (Master of Music and Artist Diploma) in both solo piano and collaborative piano. While studying in Cleveland, she was named the recipient of Dr. Joseph and Bess Scharff Leven Prize, William Kurzban Prize, and Mu Phi Epsilon Rosa Lobe Collaborative Piano Award, described as “recognizing the highest level of artistic achievement.” She has also placed in various competitions including Piano Texas International Concerto Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition, Seoul Music Competition, Taegu Broadcasting Corporation Competition, Korea Philharmonic Orchestra competition, and Korean Music Society Competition.

As an outstanding soloist, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. She appeared as a soloist with a number of major orchestra including Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Gimcheon Civic Orchestra, Gunsan Pops Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She made her European debut at Rimsky-Korsakov Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2009, she was invited to the Banff Music Centre in Alberta, Canada as an artist-in-residence working with the legendary Canadian pianist, Anton Kuerti. During past summers, Dr. Jung actively has participated in numerous international music festivals including Aspen, Bowdoin, San Francisco, Kent-Blossom, University of Nebraska Chamber Music Institute, Music Alp à Courchevel in France, San Juan Piano Festival in Puerto Rico, Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria, and Sydney in Australia. She also had master classes with internationally esteemed artists such as Arie Vardi, Robert McDonald, John Perry, Richard Goode, Jerome Lowenthal, Sergei Babayan, and John O’Connor.

As an enthusiastic educator and researcher, Ms. Jung is actively involved in Music Teachers National Association and Korean Piano Pedagogy Association. She presented on “Exploring the Genre of Preludes in the Twentieth Century Teaching Repertoire for Solo Piano” at the Illinois and Arizona State Music Teachers Association conference. She also gave a lecture recital with Dr. Reid Alexander, on the subject of “Youthful and Useful Repertoire: One Piano Four Hands.” She taught at University of Illinois, Hansei University, Joongang University, Sookmyung Women’s University, and currently is an associate professor of piano at Kunsan National University in Korea.

Bruce Stevens

President - Stevens Piano Specialties, Inc.

Bruce Stevens' connection to the piano began when, at 7 years of age, he began piano lessons. These classically focused lessons continued through his senior year at Norte Vista High School in Riverside, California. In 1978, following his completion of study in electronics and earning an A.A. degree at Riverside City College, Bruce’s curiosity about the piano tuning business caused him to seek an apprenticeship with Ben Hershberger, at Morey’s Music Store, Long Beach, Ca. During the five years Bruce was at Morey’s, he experienced piano tuning, repairs, rebuilding, piano moving, piano rentals and retail sales. In 1980, he joined the Piano Technicians Guild and obtained Registered Piano Technician status one year later. In 1983 he began what would be 16 years of employment with the Los Angeles School District where he did extensive tuning, repair, and restoration. In 1998 he decided to leave the LAUSD employment and manage his own piano service and restoration business. Almost since the beginning of his career, Bruce has been a familiar face in the Piano Technicians Guild as he regularly attended chapter meetings, seminars, state, and national conventions. He has been on the board of the South Bay Chapter several times, on PTG national committees, served multiple terms as President of the California State Conference and the Western and Pacific Regional Conference and has functioned as Conference Director for both Conferences and Institute Director for WESTPAC. He is currently on the PTG Institute Committee as Audio Visual Director. He is the recipient of the PTG Member of Note award, the California State Conference Sid Stone Service award, and the Pacific Northwest Conference James H. Burton Award. In 2015 was inducted into the PTG Hall of Fame. Bruce has been the piano technician for Concordia University since 2006.

Dr. Linda Tomko


Dr. Linda Tomko is a historian, dancer, and embodier of dances past. She is Emerita faculty in the Department of Dance at the University of California, Riverside, where she chaired the department three times and taught lecture, studio, and seminar classes to students in the BA, MFA, and PhD curricula.  She studied Baroque dance with noted specialist Wendy Hilton, and she was co-director with Ms Hilton of the annual Stanford University Summer Workshop in Baroque Dance and its Music from 1995 to 2001.   Dr. Tomko has performed as a soloist in Japan, Canada, and the United States. Her collaborations with early music bands to create concerts of Baroque music and dance have included performances at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and Exhibition, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, a meeting of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the production “Elaborate Measures: Performing the Orient” at the Getty Center and Museum.

Sung Chang

Pianist & Conductor

Pianist Sung Chang is known for his outstanding technical abilities, musical maturity, and sensitive yet powerful expression that shines through the keys. He has received critical acclaim for his “poetic imagination, superb technical skills, and, most importantly, a deep emotional connection to whatever music he plays” by Jeffrey Kahane.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Sung Chang gave his debut concert at the age of five. At 16 he was accepted into the prestigious Korea National University of Arts, and his musical virtuosity attracted international attention when he became the youngest ever to win the Nagoya International Piano Competition in Japan.

Since then Chang has gone on to win more than ten international competitions around the world including in the United States, Germany, Italy, Korea, and Japan. His impressive list of awards from the major international piano competitions includes- the first prize and the audience prize at the Chopin-Gesellschaft Hannover Internationaler Klavierwettbewerb, the first prize and the special award for the "Best Performance of a Virtuoso Piece" at the Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition, a silver medal with two special prizes in "Best Performance of a Work by a Classical Composer" and "Best Performance of a Work by a Spanish, Latin American or Impressionistic Composer" at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, and a silver medal at the New Orleans International Piano Competition.

Chang currently resides in Los Angeles, California after completing further studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Hannover, Germany and the USC Thornton School of Music.

Jinyoung Chang

Ewha Womans University The Graduate School of Performing Arts

Through her impressive interpretation, Jin-Young Chang from Korea was able to breathe new life into the piece and make it comprehensible. A great achievement” (Murrhardter Zeitung)

with glittering shimmering colors and pearly barrels.. interpreted with subtlety" (Lippische Landes-Zeitung)

A dynamic and unstoppable performance, with a very chewy and savory quality. It was clear what and how the performer was communicating to the audience.”(journal of music)

Pianist Jin-young Chang, who consistently receives enthusiastic praise and response from the audience, graduated from Ewha Womans University and received a Diplom at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and a Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold.

She has performed as a soloist with the Ewha Womans University Orchestra and the Ansan Korean Music Orchestra, and has given numerous recitals and chamber music concerts in Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Austria, the United States, and Korea. Additionally, she has served as an accompanist for the C. Kangiesser class, a cello professor at the National Conservatory of Music in Cologne, and as an exclusive accompaniment instructor for master classes. As a duo performer, she has presented complete cycles of Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin from 2019 to 2020 and Mozart's sonatas for piano and violin from 2021 to 2022, with a focus on academic devotion.

As a solo pianist, she began a series of concerts featuring all of Beethoven's piano sonatas, titled 'Alles besser,' in 2022. She was a visiting professor at Ewha Womans University and taught at Goyang Arts High School, Anyang Arts High School, Incheon Arts High School, Chungbuk Arts High School, Mokwon University, Baekseok University, Cheongju University, and Korea National University of Transportation. She taught piano, piano ensemble, method of teaching piano in a group setting, piano playing technique, and a liberal arts course called world music culture, which combines diverse musical expertise and traditions. Currently, She is a studio faculty member at Ewha Womans University, Ewha Womans University The Graduate School of Performing Arts, Sunhwa Arts High School, Chungnam Arts High School, Sunhwa Arts Middle School.

Dr. Elvin Rodriguez


Elvin S. Rodríguez is currently Director of Worship Arts at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Schools, and Professor of Music at La Sierra University. Dr. Rodríguez has performed in many solo and chamber recitals, and has presented at local, state, and national workshops and conferences. He has worked with regional and international prize-winning pianists of all ages, and is a frequent adjudicator, master clinician, and lecturer for advanced and professional adjudications and competitions, as well as music education seminars and workshops. His students have been accepted at top music schools nationally. He has enjoyed a long career of playing the organ in churches and conducting choirs.

Bill Cunliffe


Bill Cunliffe is a jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger. He is known not only for his swinging and innovative piano trios, but for his many evocative compositions for jazz small groups, big bands, chamber music, choirs and symphony orchestras.

He got his start playing and arranging for the great Buddy Rich, and touring with Frank Sinatra. In 1989 Bill won the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he performed with the Clayton Brothers and the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and currently with the Joe La Barbera Quintet (former drummer with Bill Evans) along with his trio. He has also performed with James Moody, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Berg, Junior Cook, Sonny Fortune, Woody Shaw, Michael Burrell, Brecker, George Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson, Kenny Eddie Harris, Houston Person and Art Blakey.

His latest release, currently receiving significant airplay nationwide, is “Border Widow’s Lament” (2022, Night Is Alive Records) with Martin Wind, bass, and Tim Horner, drums.  His previous release, “Trio” (2021) was an all-star group with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Vinny Colaiuta.

He was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “West Side Story Medley,” on the album “Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson” (Resonance Records, 2009). His piano concerto, Overture, Waltz and Rondo, was nominated for a Grammy in 2012. Cunliffe’s film work includes the award-winning score for “On the Shoulders of Giants,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s homage to the Harlem Rens basketball team of the 1920s and ’30s.

His music has been performed by the Flensburg (Germany) Symphony, the Metropole Orchestra, the Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Middletown (OH) Symphony, the Henry Mancini Orchestra, the Temple University Symphony and the the Reading (PA) Symphony, among others.

In addition to his work as jazz studies professor at Cal State Fullerton, Cunliffe teaches at the Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Vail Jazz Workshop. He is an internationally known jazz clinician, with several published books available from Alfred Music.  

Contact Us

For more information about the Summer Chamber Music Camp, please feel free to contact us directly.

Hyunjoo Choi

Dr. Hyunjoo Choi
(949) 214 - 4823
[email protected]

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