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COMMUNITY ARTS ACADEMY

college of visual and
performing arts

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Helping youth find their passion.

The Community Arts Academy is dedicated to instilling an appreciation of the arts in children by offering summer camps and
year-round classes in art, music, theatre, taiko drumming, and dance.

Current Classes

Explore the arts world. 

For proper placement, please use the student’s grade level during the 2022–23 school year. 

Ceramics for Grades K-3
Saturdays, June 18–July 9
9–10:30 a.m.  |  $109

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Ceramics for Grades 4–8
Saturdays, June 18–July 9
10:45 am-12:45 pm  |  $119

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Portraits for Grades K–3
Monday–Friday, June 20–24
9–10:30 a.m.  |  $89

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Portraits for Grades 4–8
Monday–Friday, June 20–24
10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.  |  $99

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Altered Book Crafting Class for Grades 4–8
Monday–Friday, July 25-29
10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.  |  $99

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For proper placement, please use the student’s grade level during the 2022–23 school year. 

Dramagination for Grades K–3
Monday-Friday, June 13-17
9:45–10:45 a.m.  |  $89

Learn theatre basics on a real stage! Students will use their imagination to create, act out, and direct stories. Class will culminate in a live performance.

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Youth Drama for Grades 4–8
Monday-Friday, June 13-17
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  |  $99

Learn theatre essentials and how to work together with your fellow actors on a real stage. Class will culminate in a live performance.

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Theatre Masters for Grades 7–12
Monday-Friday, July 18-22

12:30–2:00 p.m.  |  $99

Gain confidence in your acting abilities and character and scene development. Master audition techniques and exercises using industry-standard practices.

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For proper placement, please use the student’s grade level during the 2022–23 school year. 

Summer Classes

Pre-dance for Ages 2–3
June 18–August 6
9–9:30 a.m.  |  $89

Work on moving your body and exploring your space. Please note that this is not a parent-participation class and students should be prepared to take part independently.

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Movement Mix I for Ages 4–6
June 18–August 6
9:30–10:15 a.m.  |  $99

A combo class for kids who are new to dance or just need a little variety. This class will cover ballet, jazz, and modern dance components and will culminate in a recital.

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Movement Mix II for Ages 7–9
June 18–August 6
10:30–11:15 a.m.  |  $99

A combo class for kids who want to switch things up. This class will cover ballet, jazz, and modern dance components and will culminate in a recital.

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For proper placement, please use the student’s grade level during the 2022–23 school year. 

Chamber Music (Middle School–High School)
Twelve 45-minutes sessions weekly | $225

Chamber music is one of the many great learning experiences for young musicians studying music. It can strengthen individual playing skills as well as build self-confidence and working together as a team. CAA Chamber Music students are provided with a chance to excel in their musical abilities and creativity through weekly coachings by CAA instructors, followed by a recital at the end of the semester. We are offering an experience of musical community, creativity and excellence.

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Private Music Instruction (All Ages)

The Community Arts Academy has been providing music instruction to children and adults for decades.

All lessons take place on the campus of Purdue Fort Wayne in the Rhinehart Music Center, a state-of-the-art music facility with teaching studios, rehearsal spaces, and practice rooms that are acoustically isolated and calibrated.

Lessons are available in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute increments; please discuss the appropriate length and number of lessons with your instructor prior to registering.

All of our instructors are Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music faculty, professional community musicians, and selected Purdue Fort Wayne students.

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Your journey starts here.

The Community Arts Academy has been providing music instruction to children and adults for decades. Lessons take place on campus in Purdue Fort Wayne’s state-of-the-art music facilities.

2022 Gene Marcus Piano Competition

Showcasing piano excellence.

First-round auditions: Saturday, January 22, and Sunday, January 23, 2022 (or by video submission)

Final round: Sunday, February 6, 2022

Application deadline: Friday, January 7, 2022

A. Eligibility

  • The competition is open to all precollege piano students, ages 18 and under as of February 6, 2022, who reside within 100 miles of Fort Wayne.
  • All applicants must have been studying with their current teachers for at least six of the nine consecutive months immediately before February 6, 2022.
  • Previous first-prize winners may not reenter at the same division and may enter at a higher division only if age requirements are met.
  • Contestants in all divisions must pass the first-round auditions to compete in the final found of the competition.

B. General Rules for All Divisions and Repertoire Requirements

  • All performances are to be from memory and must stay within the following time guidelines:
    • Elementary Division (ages 9 and under): 5 minutes
    • Intermediate Division (ages 10–12): 8 minutes
    • Junior Division (ages 13–15): 12 minutes
    • Senior Division (ages 16–18): 15 minutes
    • (Note that minutes indicated are the maximum overall performance time, inclusive of repeats. However, time between pieces will not count. The jury reserves the right to stop a performance if it exceeds the time limit for the respective division. While no minimum performance time is required, the chosen program must be representative for its age division and demonstrate variety of style, tempo, and character.)
  • Repertoire previously performed in this competition may not be repeated by the same contestant.
  • Only complete, unabridged solo piano works in the original form and key will be accepted; no concertos or arrangements may be used. Individual movements of multimovement works that can be performed as musical units are permitted. Repeats are left to the discretion of the entrant/teacher, but cuts are not permitted.  
  • For all divisions, contestants are to perform two or more contrasting works from two or more of the following musical periods:
    • Baroque
    • Classical
    • Romantic
    • Impressionistic
    • 20th/21st Century
  • First-round auditions will take place on Saturday, January 22, or Sunday, January 23, 2022. Contestants may choose to perform their program at that time (individual times will be assigned on one of the two dates) or may submit a video recording of their competition program for review, to be received no later than Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Video recordings must be submitted via YouTube or other online link (see application form for further details). Results of the first-round auditions will be sent via email by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Those selected to compete in the final round will perform on Sunday, February 6, 2022. All live performances will take place at the Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of Purdue University Fort Wayne.
  • Contestants may perform their program in their preferred order; the same program presented at the first-round auditions must be performed in the final round.

C. Application Procedures and Additional Regulations

  • Entry fees (which are nonrefundable) for each division:
    • Elementary: $25
    • Intermediate: $30
    • Junior: $35
    • Senior: $40
  • Once an application is submitted, students, teachers, and parents agree to abide by the rules and regulations as stated on this website. Failure to comply will result in disqualification and will make the entrant ineligible to receive any recognition or monetary award.
  • Contact us at [email protected] prior to submission of the application with any questions regarding the appropriateness of chosen repertoire should. No repertoire changes will be permitted once the application is submitted. Teachers are requested to verify that the repertoire is listed correctly before submission of the application.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • The Competition Committee will determine all schedules. It is the responsibility of the entrant to be available for the published dates of the competition.
  • Entrants are to provide a scanned score for each work to be performed to the competition jury. Measures are to be numbered at the beginning of each system and all pieces should be in one file and in order of performance. Scores must be submitted in a separate attachment from the application.
  • Applicants may not reveal their names or their teachers’ names to the Final Round Adjudication Panel until winners are announced. Students of final-round judges may not enter the competition.
  • The jury reserves the right to declare no winner, or fewer than three winners, in any division as it deems appropriate. The jury’s decision is final and may not be challenged by anyone, including the Competition Committee.
  • Up to five family members and the contestant’s teacher may attend a contestant's performance. No other audience members will be allowed inside the performance hall.
  • Because of the university’s COVID-19 protocols, anyone entering a building on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus is required to wear a mask at all times. Piano keyboards and other surfaces will be sanitized between each use.
  • The final round of the competition may be recorded and videotaped for broadcast, video or audio recording use. It is anticipated that the winners recital will be broadcast on PBS39 and also made available on the internet. In addition, camera crews may photograph all competition events. Neither the Purdue University Fort Wayne Gene Marcus Piano Competition nor its assignees or licensees may be held liable for any payments to pianists arising out of materials derived from competition performances. Applicants are required to sign a release form yielding all rights on such materials.

Application Deadline
Friday, January 7, 2022

First-Round Auditions
Saturday, January 22, and Sunday, January 23, 2022 (times to be assigned in one of those days) or by video submission. See application for more details on either option.

Final Round
Sunday, February 6, 2022
9:30–10:30 a.m.                    Elementary Division
10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.           Intermediate Division
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.                 Junior Division
2:40–4:30 p.m.                     Senior Division

This schedule is only an estimate based on last year’s competition and is subject to change.

First-Round Judges

The competition first round is adjudicated by Purdue Fort Wayne faculty. All contestants will receive written feedback from each adjudicator, to be sent by mail following the first-round auditions.

Final-Round Judges

The competition final round is adjudicated by a panel of nationally and internationally renowned pianists and teachers. All finalists will receive written feedback from each adjudicator immediately following their respective division.

Elementary Division (ages 9 and Under)

First Prize: $100 award and trophy

Second Prize: $75 award and trophy

Third Prize: $50 award and trophy

 

Intermediate Division (ages 10–12)*

First Prize: $125 award and trophy

Second Prize: $100 award and trophy

Third Prize: $75 award and trophy

 

Junior Division (ages 13–15)*

First Prize: $150 award and trophy

Second Prize: $125 award and trophy

Third Prize: $100 award and trophy

 

Senior Division (ages 16–18)*

First Prize: $200 award and trophy

Second Prize: $175 award and trophy

Third Prize: $150 award and trophy

*In addition, all competition finalists in grades 7 through 12 will be offered a partial scholarship to the 2022 Gene Marcus Piano Camp and Festival.

 

Special Awards for the Senior Division

Winners in the senior division may be offered a scholarship to pursue a music degree at Purdue University Fort Wayne, contingent upon acceptance at the university.

The Gene Marcus Piano Camp is funded in part by the Gene Marcus Endowment, which was created specifically for that purpose. The camp is also sponsored by the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music and relies on additional contributions to make it possible. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us at [email protected] or 260-481-6059. Opportunities include establishing a scholarship or contributing to the general operating budget of the camp. All donations are tax-deductible and will be recognized in the camp brochure (unless specified otherwise by the donor).

 

Wilda “Gene” Marcus (1927–2005) was a lifelong piano teacher and enthusiastic supporter of all the arts. She held several degrees, including bachelor of music in piano with honors from Indiana University, 1950; and a masters of music in piano with distinction, Indiana University, 1951. She was a public-school music teacher and later was associate faculty of piano at IPFW from 1968 to 1986. She taught hundreds of piano students of all ages privately, accompanied many soloists, and was pianist in numerous ensembles throughout her 60-year career. Her extensive involvement at the Fort Wayne Civic Theater included rehearsal pianist and music director for numerous musicals. She was a former member of Morning Musical Society and patron of Fort Wayne Civic Theater. She was president of Northeast Indiana Music Teachers Association, a member of Sigma Alpha Iota (Music Honorary Society), and Patron of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She was given the 1994 Teacher of the Year Award by the Indiana Music Teachers Association.

ELEMENTARY DIVISION (Ages 9 and Under)

Sophie Shao, Age 9, Sylvania, OH, Third Prize
Student of Esther Chiu

Audrey Zhang, Age 9, Carmel, IN, Second Prize
Student of Svetlana Soleimani

Fiona Zheng, Age 9, Sylvania, OH, First Prize
Student of Esther Chiu

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION (Ages 10–12)

Montgomery Moore, Age 12, Forest, OH, Third Prize
Student of Frank Huang

Isabella Wang, Age 11, Sylvania, OH, Second Prize
Student of Esther Chiu

Andrew Lee, Age 12, Carmel, IN, First Prize
Student of Elena Nesterenko and Svetlana Soleimani

JUNIOR DIVISION (Ages 13–15)

Kenny Wang, Age 14, Fort Wayne, IN, Third Prize
Student of Hamilton Tescarollo

Henry Shao, Age 13, Sylvania, OH, Second Prize
Student of Esther Chiu

Jason Shaye, Age 14, Kalamazoo, MI, First Prize
Student of Lori Sims

SENIOR DIVISION (Ages 16–18)

Aditi Dey, Age 16, Zionsville, IN, Third Prize
Student of Edward Moy

Arjun Siderys, Age 17, Indianapolis, IN, Second Prize
Student of Galit Gertsenzon

Micah Young, Age 16, Fishers, IN, First Prize
Student of Robert Palmer

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Sophia Liu, Elementary Division, Student of Svetlana Soleimani

Olivia Xie, Elementary Division, Students of Ada Shebanova

Angela Han, Elementary Division, Student of Galit Gertsenzon

Jayden Xu, Elementary Division, Student of Svetlana Soleimani

Eason Lin, Elementary Division, Student of Galit Gertsenzon

Leonardo Lu, Elementary Division, Students of Patricia Collins Jones

Mia Zheng, Intermediate Division, Student of Esther Chiu

Yuxuan Lin, Intermediate Division, Student of Patricia Collins Jones

Alice Zhang, Intermediate Division, Student of Patricia Collins Jones

Daniel Chen, Intermediate Division, Student of Svetlana Soleimani

Miki Kawamura, Junior Division, Student of Kathy Price

Aiden Wang, Junior Division, Student of Esther Chiu

Edward Ng, Junior Division, Student of Hamilton Tescarollo

Gabriel Ackerman, Junior Division, Student of Jonathan Young

Allison Shen, Junior Division, Student of Edward Moy

Helena Wang, Junior Division, Student of Edward Moy

Elsa Lund, Senior Division, Student of Luke Norell

Arthur Yeh, Senior Division, Student of Ada Shebanova

Check out the archive to see past winners and judges.

View Archive

 

Summer camps

Your next experience awaits.

The Indiana Clarinet Experience (ICE) is a six-day overnight summer program for clarinetists in grades 7–12 to have a fun musical experience with a dedicated faculty of young, energetic professionals. The camp takes place in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music where students spend the week on campus with fellow participants. Housing is provided in Purdue Fort Wayne's campus housing and students will be supervised at all times. Lunch and dinner are provided; campers will provide their own breakfast items that can be stored and served in their student apartment kitchens.

June 6–11 | $575 (Residential); $475 (Commuter)
Rhinehart Music Center

Register
Registration deadline is on May 27.


For more information, contact Kylie Stultz-Dessent at [email protected].

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This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.


What to Expect at ICE 2022 

Improve at the clarinet.
There will be lots of information presented to help you excel at the clarinet, and plenty of time to practice so that you master all of these new concepts.

Meet new friends.
ICE attracts students from all over Indiana and beyond. Many friendships are formed throughout the week. Group activities outside of class time will encourage making new friendships that last. 

Play cool music.
No one wants to play cool music more than the faculty do. Many of them bring their own arrangements and compositions to spice up the repertoire for the small and large ensemble concerts. 

Play cool instruments.
This is your chance to learn more about the clarinet instrument family. You can play E-flat clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, and contra bass clarinet. The end of the camp includes a clarinet choir concert, where people will play all kinds of strange clarinets, big and small. 

Play cool music for other people.
Part of the camp experience includes performing a final concert at PFW School of Music. Playing music for ourselves is fun, but playing for other people is even more satisfying. 

Work with an energetic and passionate faculty.
Students will have the opportunity to work in a small setting with a dedicated faculty of professional clarinetists and teachers. Additionally, students will hear performances by innovative clarinetists in the professional field. 

A summer to remember.
It’s only a week, but the memories will last much longer. Many of our participants look forward to returning each summer to meet friends from around the state and beyond. 

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Tentative Camp Schedule

 9–10 a.m. Group Warm Up and Fundamentals

10–11 a.m. Clarinet Grab-Bag: Special Activity

11 a.m.– noon Private Lessons/Individual Practice

Noon–1:30 p.m. Lunch Break and Outdoor Activity

1:30–2:30 p.m. Chamber Music Rehearsals

2:30–3:30 p.m. Large Group Masterclass

3:30–5 p.m. Clarinet Choir Rehearsal

6–7 p.m. Dinner

7–8:30 p.m. Group Activity

Testimonials
“I don’t think I really knew what to expect when I walked in the door on the first day, but I knew when I walked out on the first day that I couldn’t wait to come back the next. Everyone there—students and instructors—are so supportive. They just want you to thrive and to see you grow as a clarinet player. I can't wait to hopefully return this year!” – Brittany D.

“ICE taught me more than I could have imagined in just one week. It also allowed me to bond with many new people over a common love of the clarinet. Every single aspect of it was great, and I would definitely participate again!” – Will Z.

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Instructors

Kylie Stultz-Dessent, Director

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Kylie Stultz-Dessent

Kylie Stultz-Dessent is a versatile artist with a varied career as educator, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. She is currently serving as visiting instructor of clarinet and music theory at Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Kylie has performed with numerous regional orchestras and is a member of The Novacane Quartet, an award winning clarinet quartet. She holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Kylie co-founded the Indiana Clarinet Experience (ICE) in 2014.

Erik Franklin, Director

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Clarinetist Erik Franklin has given hundreds of concerts in nearly all fifty states, performing concerts in venues from veterans’ homes to Carnegie Hall. A former member of the U.S. Army Field Band, Mr. Franklin balances his time teaching at Towson University, performing with his award-winning chamber groups, and directing the Indiana Clarinet Experience.  Mr. Franklin is a resident of Baltimore, MD, and holds degrees from Indiana University and Furman University. 

Chris Dessent, Instructor

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Chris Dessent is a music educator, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. He is currently a Director of Bands at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana. A versatile composer and arranger, Chris has several newly published works of varying levels and styles. His primary instrument is the clarinet, and he thoroughly enjoys being a part of the Indiana Clarinet Experience as a staff member. 

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The Gene Marcus Piano Camp and Festival aims to inspire young pianists to reach their potential in piano study and performance and to strive for artistic excellence.  Students are immersed in the art of playing the piano through workshops, masterclasses, and other group sessions as well as daily individual lessons, guided practice, and ensemble playing, with the goal of promoting excitement about the process of music making throughout the year. Daily evening activities include performances by guest artists and faculty in addition to a final student recital for all participants. To see a list of the previous camp events, click here.

The camp is open to intermediate through advanced pianists in grades 7–12 (as of spring 2022) who are interested in improving their playing and performance. It includes both a residential and a commuter option; applications from students residing anywhere in the US or abroad are accepted.

June 19–24 | Purdue University Fort Wayne 

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All camp activities take place at the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center, on the campus of Purdue University Fort Wayne. The attractive music building is home to the PFW School of Music and provides an ideal learning environment, including excellent rehearsal spaces, studios, and performance halls. 

Recitals and masterclasses are held in Rhinehart Recital Hall, an acoustically superb performance venue. Ample practice facilities are available, including a number of rooms equipped with grand pianos.

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Please check the information below for more detailed information. We hope you will join us for a week of outstanding music making, inspiration and fun!

—Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo,
Gene Marcus Piano Camp & Festival Director

 

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Registration Information for 2022

Registration Deadline | June 3 (or until all spaces are filled)
Priority Scholarship Application Deadline: April 29

Learn More and Register

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 260-481-6059.

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2022 Camp Options

  • Full residential camp includes all camp activities plus five nights’ lodging (Sunday–Thursday nights), dinner Sunday–Thursday, and lunch Monday–Friday for $499. Please note: Residential campers will be sharing an apartment suite.  This means that each student will have their own bedroom, but will be sharing a bathroom with another student.  
  • Commuter camp includes all camp activities plus lunch Monday–Friday and dinner Sunday–Thursday for $399.

A preview of the application is available here [PDF]. The official camp application will be automatically sent to you after the registration officially opens and your camp deposit payment has been received.

 

Room and Board

Piano camp students who choose the residential option will stay in Purdue University Fort Wayne campus housing during the camp week. They will be housed together under the supervision of a resident assistant at a ratio of no more than 10 students to one resident advisor. Resident assistant staff members are front-line personnel who serve as resource persons, facilitators and advisors for activities within the community. They are responsible for maintaining community standards and safety, performing administrative tasks, and developing a sense of community.

Purdue Fort Wayne student housing offers furnished suites that include sleeping, living and kitchen facilities. Upon registration, students will be sent a checklist of items to bring for the camp week. Residential campers will be sharing an apartment suite.  This means that each student will have their own bedroom, but will be sharing a bathroom with another student.  

All piano camp students will have a small breakfast, snacks, and two meals a day included in their fee. They will have dinner served in student housing; lunch will be served in Rhinehart or the campus dining hall. 

Student Housing

Piano camp students will be supervised at all times. The resident advisor will provide supervision from dinner time through breakfast and will make sure all students are present at the end of the camp day. The camp director and faculty/staff will supervise students throughout the camp day and at any evening activities that take place.

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Merit-based camp scholarships are available, covering 10% to 50% of tuition costs. Scholarships are competitive and determined by audition. To apply, submit a completed registration form along with video recordings of two or more contrasting works (recorded within the past six months), with at least one being memorized, no later than Friday, April 29. Earlier submissions receive priority consideration. Send YouTube or other links of your recordings to [email protected].
Note: Participants in the 2022 Gene Marcus Piano Competition who wish to be considered for a camp scholarship do not need to send a recording but should send a completed application.

We also have a small number of need-based scholarships available. If you are interested in a VPA need-based scholarship, please contact CAA director Emily Arata Grillo at 260-481-6059 or [email protected] and ask for a scholarship request form and details in order to be considered for a scholarship. Download the Scholarship Guidelines and Request Forms here:

Scan and email the scholarship request to [email protected]

Schedule

2022 Gene Marcus Piano Camp Daily Schedule (Subject to Change)
Sunday, June 19

  • 3–5 p.m. | Check in at Purdue Fort Wayne Student Housing (for residential campers only)
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. | Welcome and opening performance by camp faculty, followed by orientation and dinner
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Daily Schedule, Monday–Thursday 
A typical day at the camp will be as follows: 

  • 8–9 a.m. | Practice rooms available
  • 9–11 a.m. | Masterclasses and interactive group sessions, individual lessons and guided practice (Note: Tuesday guest artist masterclass until 12 noon)
  • 11 a.m.–noon | Individual lessons and guided practice (except Tuesday)
  • Noon–1 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1:15–3:15 p.m. | Individual lessons, keyboard musicianship classes, ensemble and guided practice
  • 3:15 p.m. | Break
  • 3:30–5 p.m. | Special sessions in piano-related topics (may include performance preparation, practice techniques, historical keyboard instruments and performance practice, etc.)
  • 5–7:30 p.m. | Dinner and free time
  • 7:30 p.m. | Recitals 

Friday, June 24

  • 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Schedule as above
  • 3:30 p.m. | Nature walk (weather permitting), snack and recital preparation
  • 5:30 p.m. | Final student recital

Faculty/Guests

2022 Guest Artist

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Caroline Hong

Caroline Hong, professor of piano, and executive and artistic director of the Franz Liszt (U.S.) International Piano Festival and Competition (hosted by The Ohio State University School of Music), received her training from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (BM, scholarship student, graduating with performance honors), The Juilliard School (MM), and Indiana University (DM) where she also served as an associate instructor for theory and secondary piano. She has served on faculty for the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Vianden International Festival and School (Luxembourg), Longwood University, and was the first female faculty member at the Piano at Peabody Roads Scholar summer program (2005). Her teachers include Martin Canin, Jerome Lowenthal, Sergei Babayan, Dmitrii Paperno, Ann Schein, Karen Shaw, M. Deitzer and Fernando Laires; and Claude Frank, John Browning, Leon Fleisher, Gyorgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler as master class teachers. Her first teacher, with whom she began study of piano at age two, was her mother, Mrs. Koon Ja Hong. 

Hailed for her “expressive and powerful playing,” “formidable technique,” as well as her “keen sense of lyricism and the classical style,” Korean-American pianist Caroline Hong continues to flourish in her career as an internationally active soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, master class teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and recording artist. Pulitzer Prize and Academy award-winning composer John Corigliano referred to her as “one of the greatest pianists I have ever heard” after a performance of his Etude Fantasy (1976). Critics wrote that it was “breathtaking” and “hard to imagine a better performance.” Favorably reviewed by American Record Guide, she has recorded for Mark Records and Fleur de Son, further establishing herself as an interpreter of living composers’ piano solo music. As a chamber musician, she has performed with many fine artist groups including the Vermeer String Quartet and the Dorian Wind Quintet, and toured extensively in the U.S. as a member of the piano/violin duo, Duo Viardot, with Charles Wetherbee.

Caroline Hong made her debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. During her competing years, she became a laureate of the Van Cliburn International Audition, the Robert Casadesus International Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, UNISA International Piano Competition, Beethoven Foundation, Distinguished Performer of the Palm Beach International Piano Competition, Winner of the Society of American Musicians, Bach Festival of Southern California, among others. As winner of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Soloist Competition, she performed in Symphony Center under the baton of Michael Morgan, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. She has been a featured on radio broadcasts worldwide, as a performer for the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy, Robert Sherman’s “Young Artists Showcase” (New York Times Radio), and South Afrikaans radio, among others. She is a Steinway Artist, the principal founder of the American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter, and an associate musician of the Columbus Symphony where she functions as the de facto principal keyboardist.  

Camp Faculty 

Susan Dorion

 

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Susan Dorion

Susan Dorion has lived in Fort Wayne for 22 years. Mrs. Dorion received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Michigan State University and her Master of Music in piano performance from New England Conservatory of Music. Read more.

Christine Freeman

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Christine Freeman

Christine Freeman has been a music teacher and accompanist in the Los Angeles and Fort Wayne areas for over 30
years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from California State University at Northridge (CSUN) where she studied with artist in residence, Jakob Gimpel and Francoise Regnat. Read more.

 

Dr, Joyanne Outland 

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Joyanne Outland

 

Joyanne Outland received a Bachelor degree in piano from Baylor University, a Master degree in musicology from the University of Illinois in musicology and a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano from Ball State University. Her teachers include Kenneth Drake, Roger Keys, and Mitchell Andrews. Read more.

Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo

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Hamilton Tescarollo

 

Since his debut with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), pianist Hamilton Tescarollo has performed as both soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. Recent performances have taken him to concert venues in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and a number of US states. Read more.

Dr. Jonathan Young 

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Jonathan Young

Image removed.Jonathan Young is an active pianist, composer, teacher, conductor, and accompanist. He recently earned a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas, studying with Dr. Steven Spooner. Career highlights include working as coach/accompanist at Opera in the Ozarks in Summer 2018, attending the Bel Canto Summer Academy in Germany as a collaborative pianist in 2016, and performing solo piano at Haydn’s Esterhazy Palace in Austria through the Classical Music Festival in 2013. Read more.

Sponsors

The Gene Marcus Piano Camp is funded in part by the Gene Marcus Endowment, which was created specifically for that purpose. The camp also is sponsored by the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music and relies on additional contributions to make it possible. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please call at (260) 481-6059 or [email protected]. Opportunities include establishing a scholarship or contributing to the general operating budget of the camp. All donations are tax deductible and will be recognized in the camp brochure (unless specified otherwise by the donor).

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Gene Marcus

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Wilda "Gene" Marcus (1927–2005) was a lifelong piano teacher and enthusiastic supporter of all the arts. She held several degrees, including Bachelor of Music in Piano with Honors from Indiana University, Bloomington, 1950; and a Masters of Music in Piano with Distinction, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1951. She was a public school music teacher and later was associate faculty of piano at IPFW from 1968 to 1986. She taught privately and hundreds of piano students of all ages, accompanied many soloists, and was pianist in numerous ensembles throughout her 60-year career. Her extensive involvement at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre included rehearsal pianist and music director for numerous musicals. She was a former member of Morning Musical Society and patron of Fort Wayne Civic Theater. She was president of Northeast Indiana Music Teachers Association, a member of Sigma Alpha Iota (Music Honorary Society), and Patron of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She was given the 1994 Teacher of the Year Award by the Indiana Music Teachers Association.

27th Annual Summer String Camp
June 27–July 1 | 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
$299 (includes all music and a T-shirt)
Rhinehart Music Center 

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Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass

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Students playing instruments

Run by Fort Wayne Philharmonic musician Marcy Trentacosti, this camp features string orchestra, chamber ensembles and group classes for violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students are coached by Philharmonic musicians and must have a minimum of two years of string instruction to take part in this camp. Learn new music in a week of string orchestra, group classes and chamber music playing.

If you have questions, please contact Marcy at 260-432-3218.

Bring a sack lunch and drink to class each day.

There will be a recital on the last day of camp; details will be published as available.

An informational brochure and registration form for 2022 can be downloaded here ; return it as instructed on the form. If you registered online via the above link, please download and print out the form and return it to Emily Grillo at [email protected] or fax (260-481-6707).

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.


Meet the Director

Marcella Trentacosti

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Marcella Trentacosti

Marcy Trentacosti is the director for the CAA Summer String Camp and has been a full-time section violinist in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1976. Marcy also is the conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Concert Orchestra. She graduated from Indiana University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music Education and in August 2008 received her MM in violin performance from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Marcy participated in the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy; Chicago Civic Orchestra; Bach, Beethoven, Breckenridge Music Festival and was concertmaster of the Marion Philharmonic. She taught orchestra at Snider High School, Woodside Middle School, Canterbury School and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Marcy maintains a private teaching studio and teaches for the Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy in addition to serving as an Purdue Fort Wayne associate faculty member. 

June 27–July 1 or July 25–29
Five 7-hour sessions: $199
9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Middle and high school students

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Virtual reality camp

Create your own virtual worlds, full of interactive objects that will teach you how a virtual world looks and reacts.

You will be able to experience life-like interactive animated holograms, and modify their aspects to create a virtual world. You will be able to see 3D holograms using headsets, and manipulate interactive holographic screens. 

Through this intensive week, you will understand how these emerging technologies are shaping the way we create, educate, and learn. This summer camp is a unique experience that will teach you how to implement new ways of visualization and interaction. More importantly, you will create your own worlds and those will be populated with funny characters and avatars. You will be provided computer access to software and hardware to create, play, learn, and have fun.

The day will start with the creation of models from 9 a.m. to noon, and after lunch, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., we will experience immersive interactions through Virtual Reality Devices. 

You will be able to replicate this experience at home as well using free software. This summer camp is for middle and high school students. You will be provided with a flash drive to save the information and content. Plan to bring your own lunch Monday–Thursday; on Friday a pizza lunch will be provided.

About the Director

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Andres Montenegro portrait

Andres Montenegro is an associate professor of art and design. His work develops immersive environments using real time 3D animations while integrating physical computing in installations based on interactive responses and multichannel projections.  He has an extensive experience with software and hardware oriented toward the generation of different styles of rendered images using painting as the main source of research.

His teaching experience covers a span of more than 25 years. First teaching in the public education system in Chile from 1987 to 1995, he has been assistant professor at University of Playa Ancha, from 1996 to 2003, developing creative 3D animation, multimedia and experimental web projects through special interfaces. He also has taught at the University of Wisconsin--Whitewater as an assistant professor of multimedia, 3D modeling and animation from 2007 to 2009. In 2008, he taught Interactive installations, 3D modeling, and animation for artists and designers at Einar Granum School in Oslo, Norway. He has taught advanced media in Visual Communication at Madison Area College of Madison, Wisconsin in 2010. His current work is centered in developing new ways of narrative using 3D imagery, including hybridized digital pieces regarding the immersion as the main attitude of commitment with the art piece.

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Visual Arts Camp

July 11–15 

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Come and enjoy workshops in ceramics, painting, photography, and web design during the Summer Arts Camp at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Workshops for students in grades 7–12 will be taught by experienced faculty from the Department of Art and Design. Participants will have the opportunity to spend time with each instructor and complete projects to take home in each area. Friday will include a session on writing an artist statement and preparing for a reception for family and friends to enjoy the art and design work created during the week. This program will be led by Seth Green, Purdue University Fort Wayne Associate Professor of Ceramics.

 

Time

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

9 A.M.

Seth Green

Ceramics

Jim Gabbard
 Photography

 

 

Seth Green
 Ceramics

 

 

Jim Gabbard
 Photography

 

 

Open Studios/

Photographing any remaining work

10 A.M.

Ceramics

  Photography

 

Ceramics

  Photography

 

Field Trip

Meet at Artlink at 10:30

11 A.M.–12 P.M.

Ceramics

Photography

 

Ceramics

Photography

 

Field Trip

Meet at Museum at 11:30

12:00-1 P.M.

Lunch

(Seth)

Lunch

(Jim)

Lunch

(Derek)

Lunch

(Frank)

Back to Artlink for Pizza Lunch

1 P.M.

Derek Decker
  Sculpture

 

Frank Geiser

Still Life Drawing

Derek Decker
  Sculpture

 

Frank Geiser

Still Life Drawing

Field Trip

Back to PFW

Meet at Studio M /Student Life

2 P.M.

  Sculpture

Still Life Drawing

  Sculpture

Still Life Drawing

Prep for Reception

 

3-4 P.M.

  Sculpture

Still Life Drawing

  Sculpture

Still Life Drawing

Show and Tell/ Reception

 

 

  Meet the Instructors
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Seth Green
Seth Green

Seth Green is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW), in Fort Wayne, IN. He received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BA in Art from Southern Utah University. He has worked at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado and has been an artist-in- residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Before Joining the faculty at PFW, Seth taught ceramics at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky where he was promoted to Associate Professor. He is also the founder of the Indiana Clay Conference.

Seth actively exhibits his ceramic vessels on the national and international levels, in solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions. His work is represented by the Clay Studio of Philadelphia and the Companion Gallery in Humboldt, TN. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Best Teapot Award in the 2012 Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition and was awarded Best of Show, by the Kentucky Arts Council, for his work exhibited in the 2015 Kentucky Crafted: The Market in Lexington, KY.  Images and articles about his work have been published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Clay Times Magazine, The Log Book, American iPottery, and two Lark Books publications “500 Vases” & “500 Teapots”. Seth was awarded the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and commissioned to make the awards for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts by the Kentucky Arts Council. He has also been a demonstrator, visiting artist, and workshop presenter at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Clay Studio of Missoula, Michigan Mud Conference, and at several universities around the country.

To see more of Seth’s work you can check out his website at https://www.sethgreenpottery.com/

 

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Frank Geiser
Frank Geiser

Frank Geiser is an artist and arts educator currently based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Geiser received his MFA at the University of Kentucky in 2021, where he was the recipient of a funded TA position. He received his BFA with concentrations in painting and photography from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2018, where he was the recipient of a Xavier University Art Award and a Winter-Cohen Family Brueggeman Fellowship.

Geiser currently teaches at Purdue University Fort Wayne. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and is part of the 21c collection as well as several other private collections.

 

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Jim Gabbard
Jim Gabbard

Jim Gabbard lives and Fort WayneIndiana and has a BA in English from IndianaUniversity. He works full time for Purdue University Fort Wayne as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design. In addition to his teaching, he also serves part time as the Director of the GarrettMuseum of Art. He has over 15 years of experience in the wedding and portrait photography industry, having owned and operated his own studio prior to teaching. Currently, his work has been centered on theme based ideas and concepts as he explores the area of fine art photography. He regularly exhibits in various galleries and museums in the United States and Internationally. His work has been accepted into juried exhibitions, which included themes such as black and white, landscape, portraiture, and the human figure. He has self published six books of his photography, and has been published nationally in Black and White Magazine.

 

Derek Decker

Derek Decker is a sculptor using clay and mixed-media within his work.  His current research includes creating ceramic sculptures using processes of hand building, mold making and slip-casting, as well as ceramic glaze research.

Derek earned his BFA in Sculpture from Indiana University at Fort Wayne, and his MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  He has been an apprentice at Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Watershed, Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine, where he was selected for a Kiln God Residency, and the Armory Art Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was also a teaching member of the faculty.

Derek has taught ceramics recently as an Assistant Professor of 3D Media at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, and most recently is an Adjunct Professor and the Ceramic Technician at Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Derek has exhibited his work in local, regional, national and international exhibitions, and has his artwork in private and public collections.

To see more of Derek’s work you can check out his website at www.deckerceramics.com

July 11–15 | 1–4 p.m.
Five 3-hour sessions: $119
Rhinehart Music Center

Learn More and Register

 

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Students at camp

Join in the fun and learn more about the art of singing. Under the direction of Emily Bird of Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, singers will be introduced to basic music theory through musical games, instruction, and, of course, singing. The week culminates in a short program for parents and family members. This camp is for students entering 1st-3rd grade in fall 2022.

For more information, call 260-481-6059 or email [email protected]

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Students at camp

 

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Gear up logo

The GEAR UP FWCS program is a federally funded program awarded by the United States Department of Education and is designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. 

This program applies to students who will be rising 10 and 11 graders for the fall 2022–23 school year in most FWCS schools. Please contact Allen Coultas, K-12 College and Career Readiness Manager, at 260-467-7290 or [email protected] or Amie Ter Molen, K-12 College and Career Readiness Secretary, at 260-467-7292 or [email protected].

This year’s camps:

Music Technology Camp
June 20–23, 9 a.m. –noon (For returning students)
June 20–21, 1–4 p.m. (For new students)

Visual Arts Camp
June 13–17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Virtual Reality Camp
July 25–29

Get inside the creation of virtual worlds through the most advanced technology available! Students will experience life-like interactive animated holograms and modify their aspects to create a virtual world. They will be able to see 3D holograms using headsets and manipulate interactive holographic screens.

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online payments

We make it easy.

Making payments for private music instruction is easy. Simply download the how-to guide below to get started. 

scholarships

Financial hurdles won’t stand in your way.

VPA need-based scholarships are for group classes and camps only and do not apply to private music instruction. Please contact Emily Grillo, Community Arts Academy director, at [email protected] or 260-481-6059 for more information.

Scholarship Guidelines

 

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Philharmonic Friends offer scholarships for private music instruction that can be used at the CAA. 

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Instrument Loans

Become the musician you’ve always dreamed of.

Every student should have the opportunity to play an instrument of their choosing, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic makes this possible. Over 100 string, brass, and woodwind instruments are available on a first-come-first-served basis for musicians at any ability level through their Instrument Loan Program.

Policies

All the details. 

The Purdue University Fort Wayne College of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Community Arts Academy, is fully accredited by all its discipline-specific accrediting agencies, including the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Purdue University Fort Wayne is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre-K through 12. While the Purdue Fort Wayne College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency, please contact University Police at 260-481-6827.

The Purdue Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy abides by the Purdue University operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors. This policy and registration form may be viewed here.

If you are an adult searching for instruction in art, dance, theatre or music, please note that while the CAA does offer private music instruction in voice and many instruments for adults, the Purdue Fort Wayne Division of Continuing Studies offers many personal enrichment classes in art, dance, theatre and more. To find out more about these classes, please visit their website for details.

A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.