Summer Keyboard Music Institute Furman University 

Sunday June 19 - 24, 2016

Registration CLOSED Monday May 16
Cancellation WAIT List in progress.
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The Summer Keyboard Institute offers young pianists and organists, ages 12-18, a unique major and minor style of study in a variety of keyboard areas. Designed for intermediate and advanced pianists, all students study piano as their primary then select a secondary area in organ, ensemble piano, music technology or improvisation. Daily events also include musicianship classes, master classes, faculty recitals and recreational activities. All students perform at the end of the week. For an additional fee, private lessons are offered in all areas of study including organ. The evening faculty recitals begin at 7:30pm and are open to the public.

How to Apply

Space is limited.  Register and pay with credit card or by check/money order. Applications are not confirmed until full payment is received.

areas of study

Classical studio piano is the primary area of study.  Primary small groups meet daily. Secondary options meet twice a week and offer small group classes in organ, ensemble piano, piano improvisation and music technology. 

If you are interested in studying organ, either as a secondary or in private lessons:

  • Prepare 2 hymns or brief solo organ works prior to arrival. Your sessions / lessons will cover the fundamentals of organ and service playing.
  • Bring appropriate shoes to properly play the pedals. Organ shoes are essentially tap dance shoes or capezios without taps. Leather heels and soles are more appropriate than rubber. If students do not own organ-specific shoes, the best substitute is a snug-fitting loafer with normal heel.  No sandals, flip-flops or high heels. Most organists change into their shoes when time to play, so bring a bag to transport the shoes to and from lessons if you do not wish to wear them all day.

Come prepared to perform

Students should bring two performance-ready works for master class / recital and two additional works (in progress) for further piano study during the week.  Master class performance is encouraged but not required.

Daily schedule

Each day students participate in a musicianship class, master class, primary area small group lesson, practice time, recreation and social events.  Secondary area small group lessons take place twice during the week.  Private lessons are scheduled within this framework.  SKI Sample Schedule.pdf

Our accommodations

Boarding students will be housed in our Lakeside Dorm, sharing suites that contain two rooms split by a shared bathroom. Two teens will share each individual room. Single beds, two desks, a chest of drawers and closet space are supplied. Students should bring their own linens, towels, soap, shampoo, and bath shoes. Students are responsible for keeping their rooms clean, checking in with the counselors at assigned times and maintaining all guidelines stipulated in the confirmation

Meals will be served in our main dining hall. Our hall features a variety of diet options, including a salad bar, carving station and a wood-fire

Students who drive to camp will be provided with a parking permit. However, students are not permitted to leave camp until the week's activities are complete. Curfews are enforced on each hall.

Counselors will supervise all activities. But the Furman University Police Department and local law enforcement will provide additional security.

Contact us

Institute director:  Dr. Derek Parsons, 864-294-2099 or
Administrator: Marcella Frese, 864.294.2086 or

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