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UCM Summer Piano Institute

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Apply now! June 21-26, 2020

2020 Summer Piano and Organ Institute: Beethoven at 250!

Students are enthusiastically invited to join us for the 33rd year of the University of Central Missouri Summer Piano Institute. This year our curriculum will introduce organ study in addition to our piano activities!  We are honored to welcome Dr. William McCandless as a guest faculty artist for group class (beginners) and private instruction (students with previous experience). Students will have access to the organ in Hart Recital Hall all week for practice and exploration. 

We will also be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with faculty recital performances and a focus on his work in our piano literature workshop. 

Whether you are just beginning your musical education or are a serious student headed for a college music major, there’s a place for you at UCM SPOI 2020!

Meet Our Summer Organ Faculty, Dr. William McCandless

UCM Professor Emeritus William "Bill" McCandless has performed as a professional organist and collaborative pianist, and served for many years on the UCM faculty as professor of music theory, organ and piano. He also served for two and a half years as music department chair.  Dr. McCandless served as organist and choir director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Warrensburg for 38 years. He holds B.M. and M.A. degrees from UCM and earned a Ph.D. in music theory, with a minor in organ, at Indiana University.

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Daily Activities

Students will enjoy daily private lessons and classes in keyboard literature, music theory, and performance skills. Theory class is divided into two sections. One is for students on a college (music) preparatory track and touches on topics that may be covered in college assessment tests and/or the first semester of college music theory. The second section is for students who are at a more rudimentary level of skill development. We also will have our ever-popular Monster Piano Ensemble Reading Event! (Check this page again in late spring for the updated repertoire list.)

Ample practice time has been scheduled for each day of the camp on our beautiful Steinway pianos. Counselors will be available during practice hours to answer questions and help with practice techniques. Outside of class and practice time, recreational activities will take place at a Warrensburg park. Friends and family are invited to attend the Friday Finale camp recital in Hart Recital Hall. All students will perform, and have the option of doing a solo or ensemble piece.

Cost and Deadlines

Summer Piano Institute is a fully residential pre-college experience. $500 fee includes tuition + five nights’ lodging in UCM’s air-conditioned residential halls; meals from Sunday through Friday; a camp T-shirt; and all recreational activities. Tuition for commuters (no overnight stays) is $330; meals may be purchased at an additional cost (contact Dr. Hynes for more information).

Application deadline is June 12, 2020. All fees will be refunded in full if the student withdraws before June 12. After that date, a $50 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund.

Who May Attend

Summer Piano Institute is for students who were in grades 7-12 during the 2019-20 academic year, and have had at least three years of private piano instruction. Graduated seniors about to enter college are welcome to attend!

Meet Our Faculty


Dr. Mia Hynes, Director and Professor of Piano, UCM
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
B.M. and M.M., Indiana University


Dr. Albert Kim, Assistant Professor of Piano, UCM
M.M. and D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
A.B., Harvard University


Dr. William McCandless (Organ)
M.M. and Ph.D., Indiana University
B.M., Central Missouri State University


Dr. Jon Hynes (Piano)
M.M. and D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
Graduate Studies, Paris Conservatory


Dr. Rhoda Jeng (Piano)
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
M.M., Yale University
B.M., Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University


Click here to apply! Application deadline June 12, 2020.

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