Summer Piano Academy

July 6th - 12th, 2024 Location: Bethel University,  St Paul, MN

Faculty Members:

Prof. Alexander Braginsky (Guest Artist), Dr. Herbert Johnson, Dr. Sara Langmead, Dr. Ji Young Lee, Dr. Anton Melnichenko, Dr. Horacio Nuguid (Co-Artistic Director), and Dr. Tina Park (Co-Artistic Director)

Application Requirements

1. Completed application form
2. $50 Application fee
3. Link to sample video performance

Required Repertoire:

Each student should prepare a minimum of two pieces.  At least one of the pieces must be performance-ready upon arrival at camp.

Bethel University Summer Piano Academy is a week-long camp with lodging, meals, and many fun activities for students entering grades 4-12.  It is designed for piano students to foster their musical talents and artistry, to hone in on their performance skills, and to nurture their love for the arts.  Students will be able to interact with their peers and build long-lasting friendships.  They will be exposed to a lot of ideas under the guidance of some of the most caring and dedicated music educators in the region.  Additionally, non-performing students may register and participate as observers only.

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Private Lessons - Each student will receive two 45-minute long individual lessons with the assigned studio teacher.  

Performance Class - Daily piano studio classes offer a wonderful opportunity for students to perform and discuss a variety of musical topics with their peers as conducted by their assigned teacher.

Master Class -
Intermediate level - conducted by Dr. Herbert Johnson.
Advanced level - conducted by Professor Alexander Barginsky.
Participating students in these master classes are chosen from a live audition to be held on the first day of camp.

Theory - Divided into basic and advanced levels, Dr. Sara Langmead will work with students in understanding, and applying to their pieces, important concepts in music theory.

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Faculty Recital - A varied program of solo and ensemble works as played by the faculty members.

Student Recitals - Student performers will participate in two separate recitals throughout the week.

Community Outreach Concert - Selected students will perform.

Activities - Soccer, tennis, outdoor games, ping-pong, foosball, board games, movie night on campus and more!

Special Event - Minnesota Public Radio Tour.   We will have a guided tour of the facility as well as their state-of-the-art recording studio.

Camp Faculty

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Dr. Tina Park

Co-Artistic Director

Born in a musician family Tina Juan Park, previous named as Juan Li started learning piano at the age of 5. At the age of 7 she won the First Young Artist Competition in her home state, Hubei which took her to a long journey of 13 years of study at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1998 she immigrated to the United States on a full scholarship from the University of Notre Dame and continued to pursue her masterʼs degree in piano performance. Learn more...

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Dr. Horacio Nuguid

Co-Artistic Director

Horacio Nuguid is a pianist with an extensive repertoire whose 'beautiful tone' and 'elegance' has captivated audiences.  In addition to several standard piano concerti, Nuguid also has performed lesser-known works such as Edward MacDowell's Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Clara Schumann's Konzertsatz, Mario Pilati's Suite and Ferdinand Ries' Grand Variations on Rule Britannia with different orchestras in the Philippines, Mexico and the United States.  Learn more...

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Dr. Herbert Johnson

Herbert Johnson is Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Activities at Bethel University since September 2008. Prior to this position, Herb taught at King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, New York, Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, and North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Herb received his doctorate in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  Learn more...

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Dr. Anton Melnichenko

Russian-born pianist Anton Melnichenko has been performing on several continents since his first solo recital at the age of twelve. His performances have always garnered him both public and critical acclaim. In addition to top prizes Melnichenko has received various special audience awards in numerous international competitions. A graduate of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Anton has also received an Artist Diploma at Hamline University, as well as his Master's and Doctoral degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Professor Alexander Braginsky. Learn more...

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Dr. Ji Young Lee

Ji Young Lee D.M.A. began piano studies at the age of four. Born in Korea, she graduated from Seoul Arts High School and received the Bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University. She went on to study in the U.S., earning her Master’s degree at Eastman School of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Lee won first Prizes at the Yokohama International Music Competition, United States Open Music Competition.  Learn more...

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Dr. Sara Langmead

A Minnesota native, Dr. Sara Langmead made her orchestral debut at age 16 with the 3M Symphony Orchestra. She won first prizes in the MN Schubert Club and UW-Madison Concerto competitions at the collegiate level, studied with György Sebők for two summers at the Banff Centre, and in 1997 won first prize at the international SAI Competition. Dr. Langmead earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied piano for seven years with Yoheved Kaplinsky (current chair of the Juilliard Piano Department). Learn more...


Guest Artist
Professor Alexander Braginsky

Alexander Braginsky was born and educated in Moscow. He received his first piano lessons from his mother, a well-known concert pianist. At the age of six he began study with Alexander Goldenweiser, a close friend of Leo Tolstoy and a classmate of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. It was through Goldenweiser, with whom he spent 11 years as his youngest student, that Braginsky came into contact with the great 19th-century romantic tradition. After Goldenweiser death, he continued to study with Theodore Gutman, another illustrious representative of the "Golden Age" of Russian piano school.  While still a student at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Braginsky started touring the Soviet Union as a soloist and a chamber musician. He was also writing articles and reviews for “Soviet Music”, the leading USSR music magazine. Upon graduation, he started teaching piano performance at the Moscow Pedagogy Institute.  Learn More...