Summer Festival

Arizona Piano Institute’s annual Summer Festival is a premier program in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona—one unique to the Southwest. Our one-week enrichment program in the first full week of June is designed for collegiate and preparatory piano students of all ages.

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.

This experience inspires and motivates young pianists and helps prepare them for future performances, auditions, and competitions. Students develop lifelong friendships with fellow pianists and like-minded individuals and absorb the atmosphere from their environment. 

View our promotional video for a sneak peak of the Festival.


concerto competition

Participants of the Summer Festival may also enroll in the Concerto Competition celebrating the last day of the Festival, judged by a jury of international renown. 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.


Season events

We host performances, masterclasses, and benefit concerts by guest artists every season throughout the year. We have collaborated with partners such as the Arizona Bach Festival, American Guild of Organists, MusicaNova Orchestra, Phoenix Youth Symphony, and private sponsors. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

Our masterclasses, workshops, performances, as well as Festival and Competition are open to students, teachers, and the general public. Anyone may seize the opportunity to attend programs of high caliber—at minimal costs, if any.


The Arizona Piano Institute presents a wonderful opportunity for all of you, dear young pianists, to study with internationally known dedicated teachers, to learn from them, and to connect with like-minded fellow students who are as eager to gain more experience as you are! We hope to see you at the Institute in early June for a week filled with music and fun to explore together the treasures of the rich solo and ensemble piano literature!
— Eckart Sellheim and Dian Baker, Faculty Artists