Lied Center Piano Academy 2019

Lied Center Piano Academy 2019

Lied Center Piano Circle, Lied staff and the Glenn Korff School of Music are excited to host the second annual Lied Center Piano Academy (LCPA), July 7-13, 2019. The Academy will take place at the Lied Center for Performing Arts and Glenn Korff School of Music (GKSOM) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. 

LCPA is designed for students entering grades 9 through their first year of college, fall 2019. The Academy Artist is the charismatic rising star, Sean Chen He, along with the Lied Center Artist Director Dr. Ann Chang, GKSOM faculty, Academy Manager Donna Gunn and guest professionals will provide young talented pianists intensive training to raise their level of performance, engage in thought-provoking workshops, and help develop life-long relationships with other serious young pianists.

    Academy Curriculum

    The Academy curriculum is tailored to serious intermediate to advanced students interested in gaining professional-level instruction and guidance to raise their performance level and understanding of piano music

    • Participants will attend the 2019 LCPA Opening Recital, featuring Academy Artist Sean Chen at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on July 7th, 5:30 pm.* The recital is free and open to the public
    • Academy participants are guaranteed 2 private lessons and playing in 3 masterclasses
    • Sessions include career development, performance practice, preparing for auditions, and other sessions specifically designed by academy faculty for this group of fellows
    • LCPA Fellows will have the opportunity to work directly with Lied Artistic Director Ann Chang as she announces the three 2019/20 Piano Series artists and their repertoire, and prepare the fellows to deliver a pre-concert talk for these concerts.  Academy tuition includes two complimentary tickets to the entire Piano Series
    • Participants will have access to grand pianos at the Glenn Korff School of Music for use in practice, lessons and masterclasses
    • Enriching excursions will broaden the participants knowledge of the arts and encourage greater connection with other academy fellows. These activities are highly encouraged, though not required
    • Participants will reside in suite-style dormitories on the UNL campus, supervised by college-age counselors of the same gender.  Check-in is July 7, from 2:30-4:30 pm.* Check-out is July 13, from 9:00-10:00 am*
    • LCPA will culminate with the Closing Recital featuring Academy Fellows. The recital will take place on July 13, 11:00 am* in the Lied Center. The recital is free and open to the public

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    Application to Register

    To be considered for the LCPA, complete the steps below. All forms can be found by clicking on the links below. Application postmark deadline:  June 1, 2019

    • Download, print, and complete the LCPA Application Form
    • Download, print, and complete the Youth Activity Parent/Media Release Form
    • Download, print, and complete pages 1, 3, and 4 for the Health Permission Form
    • Compile and print any applicable awards documentation
    • Prepare a short video demonstrating applicant’s proficiency at the piano. Any repertoire is acceptable. The video should be no more than 3 minutes long and labelled with applicant’s name and complete title of work. Smart-phone recording is acceptable quality


    Once completed, submit, together in one packet, the LCPA Application Form, a check for the $50 application fee (made payable to University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Youth Activity Parent/Media Release Form, Health Permission Form, and applicable awards documentation Do not send items separately. Send the completed package to: Lied Center for Performing Arts, Attn: Piano Academy, 301 N. 12th Street, PO Box 880151, Lincoln, NE 68508-0151. Email the video to:

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    Tuition and Fees

    All checks made payable to: University of NE-Lincoln

    • Non-refundable application fee:  $50 per student, due with Application packet
    • Academy tuition:  $50 or $100 (see below).  Postmark deadline: June 26
    • Room and Board:  $317 Postmark deadline: June 26


    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    • Tuition for LCPA is $250.  Every student accepted to LCPA will receive a $150 Scholarship, provided by the Lied Center Piano Circle
    • Students who received a rating of 1 or “superior” in state-wide festivals or was the winner of any MTNA affiliated competition may be eligible for an additional scholarship in the amount $50 per student (contingent upon documentation)
    • Awards documentation: Verification from your teacher or a copy of your certificate with the rating will fulfill award documentation requirements
    • For students with free or reduced lunch status, financial aid may be available. Please contact Donna Gunn, Academy Manager at for the verification process
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