2021 Baylor Virtual Summer Piano Institute

2021 Baylor Summer Virtual Piano Institute (for grades 8-12)
June 21-25, 2021

THE SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE at the Baylor School of Music provides exciting opportunities for talented young piano students. An intensive week of study and varied musical experience is offered interacting with Baylor piano faculty and other students of the Institute.

THE SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE is open to rising 8th-12th graders. Online musical activities for the week include private lessons, master classes and clinics with members of the Baylor piano faculty, social activities, and student and faculty recitals.

THE COST for the Summer Piano Institute is $175.

To Submit an Application Click the Link Below

Summer Piano Institute Application Form


Please also send a LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION from your teacher, a one-paragraph PERSONAL STATEMENT about why you want to attend the Summer Piano Institute, and a link to your VIDEO RECORDED AUDITION to: keyboard@baylor.edu. DUE by May 28.

Audition material should include two or more contrasting selections. REQUIRED FORMAT for video recording: a link to a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo (no advertisements, please) or a link to an online cloud service such as Dropbox or Box. If the links are password protected, please be sure to include the appropriate information for access. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 7. Payment in full will be due by June 14 (link for online payment will be provided).

In order to assure quality interaction with our faculty, enrollment will be limited to 20 participants. Due to our limited enrollment, we cannot automatically guarantee acceptance to students with scholarships from non-Baylor organizations.


Sample Daily Schedule:

9:00-9:45: Opening session (Monday)

10:00-10:45 AM: Lesson period I

11:00-noon: Masterclass with Baylor piano faculty

1:30-4:15 PM: Lesson period II, III, and IV

7:00 PM: Faculty recital; social events

Additional activities: Piano faculty clinics; studio class sessions; SPI Student Recital (Friday PM)



Summer Piano Institute Faculty


Bradley Bolen, Senior Lecturer in Piano

Soloist, accompanist, and lecturer.  Teaches private piano and group piano. Principal teachers include David Stokan and Nancy Garrett.  Additional study with Claude Frank and Menahem Pressler.  Arranged, composed, and recorded for the film The War at Home.  Frequent adjudicator for piano contests and festivals throughout the U.S.


Terry Lynn Hudson, Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Baylor in Austria

Performs as soloist, duo pianist, and vocal/instrumental collaborator. B.M., James Madison University; M.M., Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin. Piano study with Nancy Garrett, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Vicki Berneking, and Frederick Griesinger. MSR Classics recording artist; research published in American Music Teacher, College Music Symposium, and the MTNA E-Journal.


Brian Marks, Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies

Soloist, accompanist, and adjudicator. Recording artist on New World Records and AUR labels. Has premiered several new works for piano by American composers including Libby Larsen and Normand Lockwood. D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin with Nancy Garrett and Danielle Martin. Additional study in Munich, Germany, under a Rotary Foundation Grant.


Jani Parsons, Lecturer in Piano

An award-winning Canadian pianist and teacher, exploring diverse interests in performance, pedagogy, theory, and new music performance. Previous concerts include appearances at the Chan Centre for the Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts, the Ravinia Festival, MASS MoCA, Constellation, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and the Detroit Institute for the Arts. In addition to her work as pianist and artistic director with Latitude 49 and with Lumina Duo, Jani is an active collaborator who has worked with Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New Music Detroit, Fifth House Ensemble, members of Eighth Blackbird, Bang On A Can All-stars and musicians from the Detroit and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Jani has appeared in educational residencies at the New England Conservatory, University of Minnesota, Indiana University, Northwestern University and University of Southern Mississippi.  Jani is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Lesley Sisterhen McAllister, Professor of Piano Pedagogy

Teaches piano pedagogy, group piano, and performer wellness. Active as a writer, clinician, and adjudicator. Has published articles in American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion, presented in national and international conferences, and authored the book The Balanced Musician. Currently completing a book project for Oxford Press titled Yoga in the Music Studio. B.M., University of Houston; M.M., Florida State University; and D.M.A. in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma.