Artist Faculty

Our highly qualified Artist Faculty have worked extensively with teenage pianists and have many award-winning students to their credit. The faculty is in-residence at the camp and are available for conversations and sharing throughout the day. In addition to two-45 minute private lessons during the term of camp, students may be chosen, based on performance readiness, to perform in a masterclass with one of the other faculty members.



Festival Artistic Director Dr. Paul Wirth is a prominent figure in our national piano teaching community.  His unique combination of masterful teaching, performing, and sense of humor has produced remarkable results in his specialty of working with pre-college age students.  With his BM from Temple University, and his MM and DM degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University, Dr. Wirth co-founded and is the Artistic Director of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Central Minnesota Music School) based in St. Cloud, MN. CLICK TO READ MORE

Professor Nancy Bachus

Nancy Bachus is an internationally known teacher and music historian who taught both applied and academic subjects at the college and university levels for more than 25 years. Certified as a Master Teacher by MTNA, she was the OhioMTA Foundation Fellow for 2011 for her contributions to the music profession. As an author and clinician for Alfred Music Publishing, she has been featured at numerous piano teachers’ organizations throughout the United States, at three European Piano Teachers Association Conferences, and in Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand. CLICK TO READ MORE



Born into a musical family, Dr. Tina Park, formerly Juan Li, started learning piano at the age of 5. By age 7, she won the First Young Artist Competition in her home state, Hubei (China), beginning 13 years of study at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1998, she immigrated to the United States on full scholarship at the University of Notre Dame to pursue her MM in Piano Performance, followed by the DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota, studying under Alexander Braginsky.  CLICK TO READ MORE

Dr. Horacio Nuguid

This year's recipient of the Outstanding Artist Award from the city of Rochester, pianist Horacio Nuguid continues to inspire and captivate his audience with elegance and beautiful tone at the piano. He has collaborated as soloist with various orchestras such as the Manila Symphony, Rochester Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony, Austin Symphony and Southwest Minnesota in the performances of some of the standard concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Ravel, and Rachmaninov. As founder and artistic director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Nuguid performs regularly both as soloist and collaborator with distinguished artists and ensembles in the region. CLICK TO READ MORE 

dr. daniel rieppel

Dr. Daniel Rieppel, a native Minnesotan of Austrian descent, holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, and a DMA from the University of Minnesota. In 1990, Dr. Rieppel made his Ordway debut recital which was broadcast by MPR, and since has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, England, and the Republic of Panama both on his own and as a soloist with several orchestras. He has worked often as a chamber musician with members of both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and recently founded the Schubert Trio, of which he is a member. In 1998, Dr. Rieppel joined the faculty of Southwest State University. He divides his time between the Twin Cities and Marshall, where he lives with his wife, Panamanian harpsichordist Julieta Alvarado, and their two children.

dr. sean schulze

Dr. Sean Schulze is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he teaches piano pedagogy and piano literature to conservatory graduate and undergraduate students and serves as Chair of CIM’s nationally recognized Preparatory Piano Department. After receiving his early training in South Africa where he studied with two of that country’s most renowned pedagogues, Moira Birks and Isabella Stengel, he was invited to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona on full scholarship where he studied with Nicholas Zumbro (a student of the famed Rosina Lhévinne).  CLICK TO READ MORE 

Elizabeth Wolff

Pianist Elizabeth Wolff has developed a large following both as a chamber musician and as a soloist. She has collaborated with such noted string quartets as the Shanghai, the Brunswick, the Rosamonde, and the Zapolski, and has participated in music festivals including Music Mountain, Aspen, Music at La Gesse, Mohonk, the Beethoven Festival, and the Festival de Musique n Lorraine. Founder and Director of Music at Lake Willoughby, Ms. Wolff has also been on chamber music faculties of Summertrios and Music Mountain and was for 5 years, Co-Director of Chamber Music Retreats at Vassar. CLICK TO READ MORE

Jean Krinke

Jean Krinke, pianist and organist, is a well known teacher of young artists in Minnesota. Her award winning students, leadership in the teaching community, and example of excellence as well as character have made her a much admired and prominent teacher in our community. 

With a very busy schedule of masterclasses, lectures for the Minneapolis Music Teachers forum, Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and other local piano teacher organizations, she maintains her private studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also been an active performing member of Thursday Musical, both as a pianist and an organist, yet after 57 years on the bench, Jean recently retired as organist at Lake of the isles Lutheran Church. 

Jean studied piano with Henry Rauch at the Eastman School and Bernhard Weiser at the University of Minnesota.  Her past organ teachers include David Craighead, Paul Manz, Heinrich Fleischer, James David Christie, and Dean Billmeyer. 

Her philosophy of teaching includes an emphasis on technique and style. She empowers her students to reflect their own creativity, not the teachers, by combining technique with sound musical concepts.