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

DR. andrew Staupe


Hailed as an “immaculate” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) artist, American pianist Andrew Staupe is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists. In 2012 Andrew made his Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim, in which New York Concert Review raved “Staupe gave a brilliant performance, handling the virtuosic demands with apparent ease… I was stunned- this was one of the most incredible performances… A once in a lifetime performance!”  Andrew has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra on 5 subscription series since 2006, and has since performed with the Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and many other orchestras throughout the United States. 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. 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 is a founding member of the Schubert Trio. 

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

dr. Josh wright


With over 45,000 pianists following his YouTube "Online Piano Lessons" and a very busy performing schedule, Dr. Josh Wright is a leading pianist and teacher in the world today. Billboard #1 artist Dr. Josh Wright has delighted audiences across the United States and in Europe. The Washington Post described him as a pianist possessing “rarer gifts – touch, intelligence and the ability to surprise.” He performed his debut recitals at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) and the Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater) in 2014. His self-titled album “Josh Wright” topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011. He also performed at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles as part of America's Got Talent Season 9. He is on the piano faculty at the University of Utah and Snow College. CLICK TO READ MORE