about the festival

Arizona Piano Institute’s annual Summer Festival is a premier program in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona—one unique to the Southwest. Our host this year is Grand Canyon University’s College of Fine Arts and Production. Our one-week enrichment program in the first full week of June is designed for collegiate and preparatory piano students of all ages. The minimum repertoire standard is an intermediate level, equivalent to Arizona Study Program, level 5 (i.e., early Clementi sonatinas).

Students have the opportunity to participate in scheduled solo and ensemble masterclasses, workshops, rehearsals, and practice daily. Workshops on a myriad of well-rounded topics include performance practice, period keyboards, instrument construction, literature, theory and aural skills, sight-reading, composition and improvisation, conducting, and more. The week opens with a faculty concert and culminates in a young artists showcase recital, in which all students perform. View our promotional video and sample schedule for a sneak peak of the Festival.

Participants of the Summer Festival are encouraged but not required to enroll in the Concerto Competition on the last day of the Festival, June 8, 2019. Winners garner coveted solo engagements with the Phoenix Youth Symphony and MusicaNova Orchestra, reap cash prizes, earn scholarships, and receive other performance opportunities. The Competition is judged by a jury of international renown, to be announced prior to the start of the Festival. Visit the Concerto Competition page for details and to apply separately.

faculty artists

API’s 2019 Summer Festival features guest artists Pavlina Dokovska (Mannes School of Music), Elisabeth Pridonoff (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Emerita), Dian Baker and Eckart Sellheim (Arizona State University Emeritus). Visit the 2019 Faculty page for more information and faculty biographies.

tuition, fees, and deadlines

Please observe the following deadlines and costs carefully: 

  • Summer Festival Early Registration, by April 1, 2019: $375/$350 family rate 

  • Summer Festival Regular Registration, by May 1, 2019: $450/$425 family rate

  • Concerto Competition Registration, by May 1, 2019: $30 (nonrefundable)

  • Optional Collaborative Pianist Fee: $100 (nonrefundable)

  • Auditor Passes, online or onsite: $30/day or $100/week (nonrefundable)

Family rates are for multiple enrollees per household. Students’ teachers and volunteers receive free auditor passes for any day. All deadlines are via postmark or online registration.

Registration is open until May 1, 2019 or when the 36-student capacity is reached. If applications exceed this number, 36 applicants will be selected to participate, and the remaining pool will be alternates.

NOTE: Rates do not include room, board, or travel expenses.

Application requirements

A complete application includes:

  • YouTube video submission of free-choice repertoire

  • Ensemble repertoire selection(s)

  • Registration Form

  • Paid tuition and fees


For students and/or parents outside the Phoenix metropolitan area, limited housing is available through host families. Be sure to check the housing option on the Registration Form. Please make your requests as soon as possible so timely arrangements can be made. As the Festival will take place on the campus of the beautiful Grand Canyon University, students and visitors also have the option of lodging at Grand Canyon University Hotel at a special rate. Please visit their website for details.

NOTE: Any minor (student under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian before and after official festival hours.

enrollment procedures

1. Upload YouTube videos.

API requires video recordings of students’ recent performances for placement into appropriate solo and ensemble masterclasses. Students shall provide YouTube links of two solo piano works. Memorization is encouraged but not required. Smartphone or tablet uploads are acceptable.

Instructions on uploading a video onto YouTube:

  • If you do not already have a Google account, please visit their website and register for a free account.

  • Log into your YouTube account.

  • On the top right-hand corner of the home page, click upload.

  • Select the file from your computer to upload.

  • Of the three video privacy settings, choose if you desire the video to be public or unlisted. (Do not choose private.)

  • Upon uploading the videos, copy the link for each video and paste it into the Video Submission text box on the Registration Form.

If you have any difficulties with this process, please contact Dr. Peggy Rostron at peggy.rostron@azpianoinstitute.org.

2. Choose ensemble repertoire.

Students shall participate in chamber music chosen from the following categories: piano four hands, instrumental, or vocal literature. Following completed registration, participants will be assigned to their collaborative partners for masterclasses. Earlier application submission will allow for earlier assignments and more time to learn the repertoire. Please download the Ensemble Repertoire List for 2019 Summer Festival piano four hands selections. Choose at least one work you would be interested in performing if chosen for the ensemble repertoire masterclasses. If you are interested in performing instrumental or vocal chamber music, please indicate this on the Registration Form in addition to your piano four hands selection. Those chosen for the instrumental or vocal masterclasses will be assigned repertoire at a later time. All ensemble repertoire must be fully prepared by the start of the Festival.

3. Complete Registration Form.

You may submit all required application materials here, including YouTube links, payment, personal and general information. Note: a completed Medical Release Form and Liability Release Form are required of each student, also available on the Registration Form. Participants will not be allowed to attend the Festival or Competition and payment will not be refunded if these forms are not accurately complete.

4. Pay all tuition and fees.

Please observe all expenses and deadlines above. All payments can be made by check or credit card on our website here. Registration is open until May 1, 2019 or when the 36-student capacity is reached.

Applications cannot be considered until all forms have been fully and accurately completed and all monies paid by the submission deadline. Fees are non-refundable. Returned checks or payment issues are subject to a processing fee. Late applications may not be considered. Cancellation Policy: to be eligible for a tuition refund, minus a $75 processing charge, students must withdraw by May 1, 2019.