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2022 Millikin Community Arts Academy Piano Camp

Millikin Community Arts Academy is pleased to offer its 7th Summer Piano Camp for students grades 5 and up, including adult students! Over the course of six days, intermediate to advanced students will have the opportunity to refine their skills at our all-Steinway school under the guidance of Dr. Pei-I Wang and Dr. Chung-Ha Kim. Activities include masterclasses, private lessons, pedagogical presentations, collaborative piano, faculty and student recitals, and competition opportunities. This camp will conclude with a formal student gala recital in Kaeuper Hall, which will be open to the public. Additionally, participants will have a chance to enter its inaugural MCAA Piano Camp Competition and compete for awards and a $1000 four-year renewable Millikin Music Scholarship. The competition includes junior, senior, piano ensemble, and concerto categories. The registration deadline is May 27, 2022.


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Cost: $550 for boarders, $325 for commuters.

The camp will take place June 12-18, 2022.

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Dr. Pei-I Wang

A captivating and versatile pianist, Dr. Pei-I Wang is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She serves as Principal Keyboardist at the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and Acting Principal Keyboardist at the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Wang holds a DMA in Piano Performance and Literature, and a MM in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MA in Piano Performance from Soochow University, under the tutelage of Dr. Ian Hobson, Dr. Rolf-Peter Wille, Dr. Daming Zhu, and Prof. Dennis Helmrich.


Dr. Wang performed extensively in music festivals and concerts in the United States, Europe, and Asia, both as a guest artist and a soloist with orchestras. Her orchestra appearances include as soloist with Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra (UIUC), University of Illinois Springfield Band (UIS), and Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Wang has garnered recognition and awards from various competitions, such as the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, the Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize Asian Auditions, the UIUC Concerto Competition, the 21st Century Piano Commission Competition with composer John Ritz, and the YAMAHA and KAWAI outstanding young musician’s awards. Her name appeared in the “Treasury of Young Talented Musicians” program, sponsored by the Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan. She regularly presented recitals of piano solo, duo, and chamber music, collaborating with fellow musicians, and taught masterclasses at several institutions. Most recently, her recording of Carl Czerny’s piano-four-hands fantasies with Dr. Sam Gingher was released in September 2020 under the Naxos label.


Dr. Wang is passionate about the world of collaborative art. She was fortunate to serve as a vocal coach, accompanist, and collaborative pianist/keyboardist for several orchestras, institutions, operas, musicals, and choruses, such as the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Choral Society, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Gloriana Chamber Choir, Millikin Opera, Blackburn Voice & Choir, UIUC Opera, Illini Women’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus of Soochow University under Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Maestro Ken Lam, Maestro Alastair Willis, Maestro Joseph Silverstein, Dr. Sergey Bogza, Dr. William McClain, etc.


Wang is an enthusiastic educator and an active member of several professional organizations. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in Piano by MTNA and has served as a frequent clinician, presenter, and adjudicator in conferences, auditions, and competitions (both state and district competitions). Her students, from pre-college to college students have won numerous awards, scholarships, and competitions. Her prior teaching experience at the college level in the United States include Lincoln Land Community College, Blackburn College, and the University of Illinois Springfield. Currently, Dr. Wang serves as the Secretary-Treasurer at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, Coordinator of the ISMTA Competitions SOUTH, and the President of the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association.

Dr. Chung-Ha Kim

Dr. Chung-Ha Kim was born and raised in Germany. She moved to New York where she completed a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Marc Silverman. She subsequently earned a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Kim was named a Steinway Artist in 2014 and became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in 2016.

            Dr. Kim remains active as a solo as well as collaborative pianist. Her most recent recitals took place at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany), Illinois State University, Blackburn College in Carlinville (Illinois), Mount Union College in Alliance (Ohio), University of Louisiana, University of Chicago, and Millikin University. Her solo repertoire spans the gamut from J. S. Bach's Goldberg-Variations to Grazyna Bacewicz's Sonata No. 2; her vocal and collaborative programs have included Schumann's Dichterliebe and Beethoven's Kreutzer-Sonata. Dr. Kim has released three CDs that are available on Amazon and iTunes: Maurice Ravel: Miroirs (2013), A Palace of Strangers (2013) and Carnival of Animals (2014).

            As an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as well as the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), Dr. Kim has adjudicated competitions at the state and national levels as well as numerous Festivals. Her students have been awarded scholarships by the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association (DAMTA) and the Springfield Federation of Music Clubs. In addition, her students have won Concerto/Aria-competitions at Western Illinois University and Millikin University, and most recently, 3rd prize at the 2021 Illinois Federation of Music Clubs State Competition.

            Dr. Kim teaches Preparatory Piano, Class Piano, and Piano Pedagogy at Millikin University. She currently resides in Decatur, Illinois with her husband, Dr. Stephen Frech, and their son.


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