MASON SUMMER PIANO ACADEMY – ADVANCED
An exciting program for advanced piano students. During this week of intensive musical study in an inspiring environment, participants will receive private lessons taught by MCAA Teaching Artists, daily masterclasses, sessions on music history, theory and other topics, as well as faculty and guest performances. Students will have the chance to participate in a performance competition, with prizes!
Ages: 13 – 18
Dates: August 8 – 12, 2022
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm* (M-F)
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
Early Application Deadline: Monday, April 4th (acceptance decisions sent on/before April 11th)
Regular Application Deadline: Monday, May 9th (acceptance decisions sent on/before May 16th)
*After Care is NOT available this week.
NOTE: The skill level is from beginner (minimum 1 year of private lessons) to advanced.
Very young/ very beginner students ages 6-9 can join our Piano Adventures.
Younger students ages 8-13 may join our Piano Academy.
Students will receive:
- 3 – 45 minute private lessons with MCAA Teaching Artists
- Daily classes in music history, theory and other piano topics
- Daily masterclasses with Piano Academy faculty and guest artists
- Daily performances by faculty and guests
An application and successful video audition are required to participate in this program. Please complete the below online application form and follow audition video submission instructions. See Audition Material below.
COVID REQUIREMENTS: Students must follow University Covid protocols. Please see updates here.
- One unedited piece that best demonstrates your ability.
- Both hands and face/profile must be visible at all times
Co-Director/ Instructor: Michelle Richardson
Piano Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Richardson
Co-Director/ Instructor: Misha Tumanov
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Mr. Tumanov
Mr. Tumanov has taught in the DC area since 2010. Previously, he taught at the National University of Costa Rica, the Instituto Superior de Artes, and Ball State (both private lessons and group classes). Mr. Tumanov has also taught group classes at George Mason University and the University of Maryland. He has been often invited back to Costa Rica to work with students preparing for competitions and major performances, most notably the International Competition of Slav Music 2009 and 2010, where the students received two Second Prizes and one Third Prize. Mr. Tumanov’s students have performed at the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, as well as prominent local venues.
Mr. Tumanov’s experience as a teacher ranges from 4-year-old beginners to advanced adults. Mr. Tumanov is passionate about guiding his students to find their own artistic voice and discovering the joy of music.
Mr. Tumanov has participated in masterclasses with such distinguished pianists and teachers as Gyorgy Sandor, Alexander Braginsky, Alexander Kobrin, Jerome Rose, and Jonathan Biss. In 2006 he released a CD featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, and Rachmaninov.
Mr. Tumanov is a frequent performer at festivals and conferences, both as a solo and collaborative pianist, including the International Double Reed Society conference, MTNA, Piano Technicians Guild, and Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. He has been a featured soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the National and Youth Symphony Orchestras of Costa Rica, as well as the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Tumanov has won numerous awards and competitions, including second place at the East-Central Division of the MTNA National Competition, the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and 1st Prize at the Pinault International Competition in New York.
In addition, Mr. Tumanov is the pianist/organist and Concert Series Coordinator at the United Christian Parish in Reston, VA.
Instructor: Andy Miller
Mason School of Music Faculty
Read about Mr. Miller
In May 2010, Mr. Miller graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Christopher Newport University. Under the tutelage of CNU professors Dr. Jeffrey Brown and Dr. Amanda Halstead, Mr. Miller won the CNU Concerto/Aria Competition twice and was given the privilege of performing Beethoven’s “Third Piano Concerto” and Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” with the Christopher Newport University Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral recognition, Mr. Miller received first place in the annual Friends of Music Scholarship Recital and was nominated two times for the “People’s Choice” Award. He has performed various musicals for Theater CNU, including the production of Urinetown (2007) as a member of the “Pit Stop Band” and was Assistant Musical Director for their production of Little Shop of Horrors (2008). During the spring of 2009, he was chosen by the faculty and was inducted into the honorary music fraternity Pi Kappa Lambda, which recognizes students for their advanced academic and musical accomplishments. In addition to his keyboard experiences, he enjoyed playing trombone as a member and later as a drum major (2009) of the CNU Marching Captains.
Today, Mr. Miller works alongside keyboard professors as a graduate lecturer at Mason, maintains a private studio of 30 local students, as well as working as a vocal coach/accompanist for Mason’s private voice studios (since 2011), VA Hills Baptist Church (since 2012), and the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts (2009-2010). In addition to his professional coaching, Mr. Miller has appeared as a soloist/accompanist for the concert series “Music for the Angels” at the National Swedenborgian Church in Washington D.C and is a current recipient of the Linda Monson Endowment Scholarship at George Mason University.
“My favorite part of the program was the recital performance. I enjoyed watching the other students perform. I live on the west coast and woke up at 5:30 am to participate in the program because I really wanted to participate in this special opportunity. ”―Mason Summer Piano Academy 2020 ParticipantSee More Testimonials
“My daughter enjoyed the keyboard repertoire class and the private lessons.”―Mason Summer Piano Academy 2019 Parent
“My favorite part was the four semi-private (2 students) professional lessons. I also loved the t-shirt that the students received. Kudos to the designer.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2018 Parent
“I really appreciated the opportunity provided for my child to see a wide variety of style and performance.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2017 Parent
“My favorite part was getting a chance to work with new teachers and to meet other kids very interested in piano.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2017 Participant
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