Mason Summer Piano Academy

Piano students at summer camp


Taught by highly qualified Mason Potomac Arts Academy Piano faculty, this program provides piano students with a week of focused musical study in an inspiring group environment. Participating in private lessons, masterclasses, piano ensembles, and music theory /history sessions, students will grow in their love of and enthusiasm for piano music. Guided practice sessions will help students to improve quickly. Campus facilities include brand new practice rooms and Steinway grand pianos. The week will culminate in a recital performance for families and friends.

Important: Participants should have a minimum of 1 to 2 years of private piano lesson experience to be prepared for this camp.

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Ages:  8 – 18 years
Dates:  August 7 – 11, 2017
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fr)
Tuition:  $496
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building


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Aftercare is available until 6:00 pm (M-F only) for $90/week.
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MichelleLaurent_headshot Director/ Instructor:  Michelle Richardson
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Read about Ms. Richardson

Michelle Richardson holds a BM and MM from George Mason University where she studied with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree, continuing her studies with Dr. Balakerskaia. Michelle is a sought after soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in the Metro D.C. Area. Highlights of her solo and chamber performances include her solo debut with the George Mason Symphony Orchestra playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Conerto No. 2, chamber recitals at the Lyceum in Alexandria, the “Music with the Angels” Concert series at the Church of the Holy City, Fairfax County “Spotlight on the Arts” festival, as well as at George Mason’s All-Steinway Concerts and ARTS By George series. In the summer of 2010, Michelle was invited to attend the Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. There, she was featured on multiple programs as a soloist and was a finalist in the Orfeo International Music Competition. In May of 2013, Michelle was a featured soloist in the GMU School of Music Honors Recital. Additionally, she is a frequent performer in area churches including Community of Faith United Methodist Church, Leesburg Community Church, Galilee United Methodist Church, and Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church. She is also a sought after accompanist for local recitals and student solo events.

In addition to her performing, Michelle has been an active teacher in the area for the last eight years. Along with her performance bachelor’s degree, she completed all the coursework toward a music education degree. In August of 2015 she was faculty on the Corcoran Chamber Music Institute (formerly known as the Summer Piano and Chamber Music Institute at George Washington University). She currently is adjunct faculty at George Mason University where she teaches keyboard classes throughout the year. She also is an active faculty member at the Potomac Arts Academy at George Mason University, where she teaches at summer piano programs, group classes, and maintains a large piano studio of all ages throughout the year. She is experienced teaching all levels of piano, and has prepared students for successful auditions to their top choice music schools with scholarship.


FaithZuniga2_headshotInstructor: Faith Zuñiga
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Faith Zúñiga is a Doctor of Musical Arts student at George Mason University, where she studies with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. She has studied at the Conservatory of East Central Illinois; the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan; the Instituto Superior de Artes in San Jose, Costa Rica; the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Italy; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University at South Bend. Faith was a 1st Prize winner in the 2014 George Mason University Concerto Competition. She performed Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven Concerto No. 5 with the GMU Symphony in 2014. She also won 1st Place in the 2013 UIUC Clara Rolland Undergraduate Piano Competition. Additional competition awards include Semifinalist in the Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition, Semifinalist in the Byrd International Piano Competition, and 2nd Place in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition.

Ms. Zúñiga took part in the inaugural edition of the Valencia International Piano Academy in Spain, where she studied with teachers from Juilliard, Peabody, and the Madrid Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia. A native of Illinois, Faith has performed in Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Faith is passionate about teaching! Among other achievements, her students have won the highest ratings at the NVMTA Spring Festival.


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