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Steinway International Piano Preparatory Academy

Performance Intensive Program Observation Program

About the Performance Intensive Program

The Steinway International Piano Preparatory Academy is hosted by Orange County Music and Dance, together with title sponsor Steinway & Sons. The Academy’s Performance Intensive Program runs July 21 through August 3, 2019, and is designed for visiting Chinese students between the ages of 10 to 18, who are committed to pursuing a professional career in music performance. This highly selective program is limited to a maximum of 18 talented and highly motivated students. The Performance Intensive Program focuses on enhancing proficiency in technique, and expanding repertoire through performance opportunity, master classes and individual lessons.

About the Program Observation Opportunity

The Academy has recruited renowned pianists to provide a combined 24 hours of master class lessons and 32 hours of private lessons throughout the 2-week program. These piano performance artists contribute their exquisite piano skills and rich teaching experience to a rare learning experience for students. The Academy will open a small amount of observing opportunities for piano teachers and for undergraduate and graduate students with a major in piano.

About the Faculty

The Academy has listed confirmed 2019 Performance Intensive Program teachers on our website. Additional faculty will be posted on the website as and when confirmed. Please visit our website for latest faculty list.

Performance with American Ensembles

Selected students will be given an opportunity to perform a movement of a Chopin or Mendelsohn piano concerto with the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, under the renowned conductor Maestro Carl St. Clair, or a movement from a Mozart concerto with the Orchestra Santa Monica, under Maestro Roger Kalia. Students will also have the opportunity to perform with other ensembles, drawn from professional and university musicians. Observation participants will be invited to watch students’ concerts as well as their rehearsals.


The tuition for the two-week observation program is $2,250. This includes all the lessons open for observation, room, board, transportation to the Academy, and up to two hours use of piano practice rooms in the evening. The tuition does not include travel to and from Los Angeles International Airport and China. Additional expenses include optional day trips to local attractions (for example Disneyland or Universal Studios, museums, or shopping centers). Also not included are personal incidentals (for example, snacks, gifts, and souvenirs).

After submitting the application form, the full tuition of $2,250 will be wired to OCMD bank account in USA (bank information will be provided in the confirmation letter after application). Participants who withdraw prior to May 15, 2019 will receive a partial refund of 50% if written notification is received prior to May 15. No refunds will be issued on or after May 15, 2019.

Location, Housing, Boarding & Transportation

Observing Students will live together in double occupancy, apartment style residential facilities on campus at Concordia University, Irvine. Concordia is seven miles from the Steinway Academy and 10 minutes travel by vehicle. If single occupancy is required, an additional $300 charge will apply.

Meal plan will cover the breakfast at the Concordia University dining hall. Lunch and dinner will be served at the Academy. The lunch will be mainly Western-style convenient meals, and the dinner will be mainly Chinese.

The Academy will arrange transportation for participants in the Program Observation to and from Los Angeles International Airport, and to and from the Academy.

Application Requirements & Lessons Open for Observation

The Academy offers a small number of places for individuals who wish to observe the Performance Intensive Program. Qualified Observing Participants include piano teachers, as well as piano undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants need to fill out the attached application form and explain their reason for attending.

Every Monday through Thursday, the Academy offers three hours master classes in the morning and four 1-hour individual lessons taught by master teachers in the afternoon. Every Friday, the Academy offers Stage Presence and Performance Lessons in the morning. All these lessons are open for observation. During weekends, Academy students will participate in two public concerts with Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Santa Monica. These concerts, as well as students’ rehearsals with the Orchestra, are open for observation as well.

Acceptance Timing and Procedure

All applications must be received by February 15, 2019. All registrations will be confirmed upon submission and payment of the tuition. Once the quota is filled, the Academy will maintain a small waiting list. Further applications will be denied, even if before February 15, 2019. Therefore, we urge interested participants to start enrolling as soon as possible.

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