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Piano Performance Intensive

An intensive music camp for advanced junior high and high school pianists, this workshop gives you the chance to focus and vastly improve your technique and performance skills over a short period of time. You will receive private lessons, performance opportunities in both recital and master class settings, piano ensemble repertoire and coaching, and class discussions on various piano-related topics. The daily schedule will be determined by class needs, your abilities, and your readiness to do the work. You must be self-motivated and prepared to practice individually several hours each day to master your assignments.

Plan to bring at least four previously learned pieces, including one that is at performance level. You must be playing repertoire with a level of difficulty comparable to any Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, any sonata by Mozart or Beethoven, or any nocturne, ballade or scherzo by Chopin.

For the 2022 Summer Program Season we will be asking all applicants to submit an audition. This includes returning students from 2021 who attended Jazz in the Pines Student Clinic, Chamber Music Festival, and Songwriting. The audition helps our faculty and staff plan and prepare for chamber group assignments, class schedules, private lesson schedules and much more for the program. Information on how to submit audition materials will be posted here at a later date.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. After being successfully accepted into the program, students will then audition for chair or ensemble placement on the first day of the program.

Priority Audition Deadline: February 15, 2022

Secondary Audition Deadline: April 15, 2022

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. 

Rolling Audition Deadline: There is no audition deadline. 

Acceptance will be made on a rolling basis until the program is full, so it’s a good idea to submit audition materials early. Auditions for this program are normally reviewed every few weeks. Applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. 

Audition Details

Audition material can be submitted in video or audio recording form, with or without accompaniment. Performance tempos and repertoire selections should highlight the student’s ability to play accurately and overall musicianship.


  • One piano solo of your choice that demonstrates interpretive skills in both slow and fast passages
  • Any piece of ensemble repertoire demonstrating collaborative skills with another instrument or instruments

Audition Instructions: 

  1. Complete an online Camper application. Make sure to submit the application.  
  2. Once you have completed the Camper Application, your application will be reviewed within 5 days by a member of the Enrollment team. At this time, you will be charged the $50 application fee and receive an email with a link to the Submittable audition application for you to submit your audition. 
  3. Complete the Submittable application and provide an email address for your teacher recommendation form within Submittable. 

New this year, we are using the platform Submittable to receive all auditions for the 2022 Summer Program (a universal  platform utilized for exhibitions, contests and even university and job applications).  It is very easy to use. You will be prompted to setup a free Submittable account with your email.  This account can be used for any future open calls you apply to at Idyllwild Arts and beyond!

Acceptance for most auditioned intensives will be made on a rolling basis, so it’s a good idea to get auditions in early. 

Honor Music Group Verification Instructions:

  1. Log on to your CampInTouch account (parent’s account*).
  2. Click on the yellow pencil icon to go to the Forms & Documents page. 
  3. You will then need to complete the following forms:
  • Honor Music Group Verification Form** (if applicable):
    Upload a document in PDF format verifying your membership in an All-State or Honor ensemble using the Upload Honor Music Group Verification by clicking in the arrow on the right-hand side of the form.

See Audition Requirements above for intensive-specific audition video/audio requirements and details.

*Forms & Documents are only available on the parent’s CampInTouch account, not the camper’s account.

** Detailed instructions for uploading PDF documents are available on your CampInTouch account.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to help! Contact the Summer Registration Office by email at or by phone at (951) 468-7265.

Plan to bring at least four previously learned pieces, including one that is at performance level. You must be playing repertoire with a level of difficulty comparable to any Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, any sonata by Mozart or Beethoven, or any nocturne, ballade or scherzo by Chopin.

Piano Performance Intensive Required Attire

Concert clothing is CONCERT BLACK. Students can mix and match from this list as desired:

  • Black button-down, blouse, or formal shirt (no sleeveless tops)
  • Black pants, skirt, or dress (below the knees)
  • Black suit/tuxedo and white shirt with black bow tie
  • Black dress shoes and socks

There is an Honor Music discount for students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups. Music students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of $1,200 through February 25, 2021. After February 25, 2022, the discount will lower to $1,000 through April 15, 2022. 

No Honor Awards are available after April 15. Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.

Steps to Enrollment Process for Honor Discount:

  • Fill out the online application using the Register Now button on our website. 
  • In the application, we ask if your child is in an honor group or band. 
    • Please fill in the Honor band questions when prompted in the application. 
  • You will not see the deduction for the Honor Music discount when you get to the payment page  – as this is a discount, it must be manually applied by a member of the registration team. 
    • If you intend to pay in full, please select the pay in full button when you complete the application. 
  • When you submit your application, your card will not be charged immediately, as music students’ applications need to be reviewed for:
    • Instrument availability
    • Audition requirements (if applicable for the program)
    • Honor Music Group verification – we ask that you provide verification that your child is part of the Honor group you listed in the application. 
  • Once we receive the application, we will review it within a week and:
    • Send you email instructions for verifying Honor group participation
    • Send you email instructions for completing the audition (If applicable)
  • We will then enroll your child and apply the Honor discount at this time.

Piano Performance Intensive: Piano Performance Intensive students are pianists who seek a concentrated experience for two weeks, in which they can focus exclusively on their own piano practice, study, and collaboration. They need to come in with four solo pieces that they are currently studying, with one of them far enough along to be able to be performed from memory at the end of the program. They each also will be assigned at least one 4-hand piano duet (or sometimes a 6-hand piano trio!) at the beginning of the program, which they will learn and also perform at the end of the program.  A typical day includes a private lesson on either their solo or duet music, a group class with critique from the teachers and fellow students, or some other group activity, and multiple hours of practice time. They will be expected to be disciplined enough to practice 4-6 hours on their own each day, including rehearsal time with their partner(s). During the second week, Piano Performance Intensive students also typically play in a class for the Children’s Piano Workshop students. By the end of the two-week program, the culmination concert demonstrates how students will have transformed their artistry and technique to a much higher level, through this concentrated study of their instrument.

Dr. Doug Ashcraft

Pianist Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. A winner of prizes in many competitions, he began his formal training as a student of Aldo Mancinelli. Ashcraft went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California, where he worked with pianist John Perry. During those summers he participated in classes at the Aspen Music Festival and the Holland Music Sessions in Alkmaar, Netherlands as a student of pianists John O’Conor, Marie Francoise Bucquet, and Gyorgy Sandor. As a result of his participation in the Holland Music Sessions he was invited to perform in a recital at Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw. In addition to his solo work, Douglas Ashcraft is an active chamber musician and has performed in recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, AliceTully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Jacqueline Du Pre Hall at Oxford University in England. Dr. Ashcraft’s performing career has included radio broadcasts on NewYork’s WQXR and live chamber music recitals on KKGO, KMZT and KUSC inLos Angeles, and BBC Radio 3 in London.

Age: 13-18

July 3 – July 16, 2022
Two-week session

Student Performance Saturday July 16th, 12pm

Tuition, room and board: $3,380

Day student tuition: $1,980

Lab fee: $75

Enrollment limited to 12 students.
(Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students)

Dr. Doug Ashcraft

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