For the Piano, and Collaborative Piano, acceptance to the JVL SSPA is subject upon being accepted into an artist-faculty member’s studio. Students receive minimum five lessons over the two weeks of attendance.

The Collaborative Piano program provides training for pianists who are committed to collaborative arts or are considering a career in this area. The term “collaborative arts” includes any area of piano performance that involves more than solo piano (vocal and instrumental accompanying, duo work, orchestral piano, piano chamber music, etc.).

Students may participate in orchestral performance, instrumental collaborations (studio accompanying and performances in various venues), vocal collaborations (studio accompanying with a focus on aria work, with additional experiences in opera and chamber music), and contemporary works with various ensembles. Subjects covered range from sight-reading and score reading to vocal and instrumental repertoire, interpretative skills, and varying aspects of the accompanist’s work.