Piano Intensive

CYMC Piano Intensive

July 1 – 14, 2018

Dr. Corey Hamm, Director

cropped-HR-Corey-Hamm-3CYMC is delighted to offer a program designed for aspiring pianists of all ages.  Inspiring instruction amidst the stunning beauty of the Comox Valley will make this summer unforgettable. These intensive two weeks will include daily master classes, seminars and private lessons with one of North America’s finest pianists, Dr. Corey Hamm. Advanced students will also be placed in mixed-instrument ensembles with comparable Strings Orchestra Academy students.

Dr. Corey Hamm is in demand as an adjudicator and teacher in Asia, and North America. He is Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he received the Killam Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. There, he also Co-Directs the Contemporary Players. He is on the Piano Faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His beloved teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma Johannes O’Neill. [Read full bio here…]


RCM Grade 6 – ARCT (or equivalent). All ages welcome.

Tentative Class Schedule

does not include evening activities

9:00 – 9:50 am Warm up/Technique Class
10:00 – 11:20 am Workshop/Masterclass
11:30 – 12:15 pm Applied Theory
12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Chamber Music
2:00 – 3:30 pm Private Lessons/Practice
3:30 – 4:30 pm Creative Workshop

Applied Theory

This class approaches theory from a refreshingly different perspective. Students will be challenged to use their theory knowledge to:

The result is a clearer understanding of the purpose/application of music theory in our everyday music-making.

There will be at least 2 class-levels, divided by experience. Classes will be determined on the first day of camp, following a short assessment.

Creative Workshop

Put away all scores, notebooks, and sheet music! In these fun workshops, students will create music through improvisation, games, storytelling, and a few other fun techniques. No improvisation experience? We’ll walk you through! Are you an experienced improviser? You will be challenged to expand your toolbox!

Private Lessons / Masterclasses

Students will have a chance to receive personal instruction directly from Dr. Hamm, in both private lessons and masterclasses. Students should bring at least three pieces to work on, including something ready for performance.

CYMC Faculty Concerts

All students will attend the Thursday evening faculty concert, a cornerstone of the busy summer season for CYMC students and local classical music lovers alike.



Students will participate in outreach performances at senior care centers around the Comox Valley, in addition to presenting a final recital (featuring solo & chamber music) on July 15th.

Fees for the 2018 Piano Intensive:

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Early Bird Application Deadline: April 1, 2018