Summer Piano & Chamber Music Instiute

The George Washington University Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute invites middle, high school and college students to study with faculty-artists from the GW Department of Music and esteemed guest artists from outside the university. The Institute immerses students in a rigorous piano and strings curriculum at the university level, leaving them with a motivational and inspirational musical experience they will not soon forget.

Unique among musical programs in the Washington, D.C. area, the Institute places many of its students in ensembles in which resident faculty both coach, rehearse and perform side by side with the students. Students will also cap off their Institute experience performing a concert of solo repertoire and ensemble works with these artists of international performing caliber.

The Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute is offered as a one or two week learning experience for students a multiple skill levels. Faculty expose pupils to the focused life of a serious student of music, while nurturing and improving upon current music skills. For more advanced students considering the study of music at the university level, faculty work with them to improve current technique and performing abilities, while guiding them to the next stage of the musical journey. 

Now in its third year, the Institute provides a carefully structured curriculum from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each day students are given a variety of musical activities over the course of the program.  Each week, students will have

  • lessons with our resident faculty, 
  • scheduled, monitored practice time, 
  • observed rehearsal time for ensemble repertoire, 
  • coaching sessions, 
  • studio and master classes, 
  • concerts by faculty and outside guests, and
  • learning trips at Washington, DC landmarks.

For more information about the Institute, send an email to Molly Orlando, SPCMI Artistic Director, at or 202-994-6245.