Summer Piano Ensemble

Spend the summer experiencing the joy of making music with others, meeting new friends, and challenging oneself to be a better musician.

The one and only piano ensemble in the Northwest Suburbs! Performing in a piano ensemble is a unique opportunity to play piano with others in a social environment. 

Benefits of ensemble performance: 

  • Decreases performance anxiety

  • Develops accompanying skills

  • Repertoire can meet the requirements of a variety of levels within one group

  • Music is pleasing and motivational due to its full arrangements

  • Extra note reading practice over the summer

  • Get to know new people

Piano ensemble is open to beginner-advanced students. Students should have at least 2 years of piano experience, practice regularly, and be ready to have some fun with piano during the summer!!

Our Piano Ensembles meet for 9 - one hour long classes over June and July and ends in a culminating performance on the Saturday after the last class. Groups will be scheduled on Monday Nights from 6:30-7:30, Wednesdays from 1:45-2:45, or Fridays from 1:00-2:00. There are no classes the week of the 4th of July. Participation fee is $225 plus the cost of sheet music. Each ensemble will have between 3-6 performers. 

Before applying to the summer ensemble program, please check your calendar for conflicts and vacations. Only 1 excused absence will be allowed per performer. Because ensemble music is a team effort, absences effect the whole group. More than 1 absence may result in exclusion from the performance.

Acceptance into our summer ensemble program requires teacher recommendation. You do not need to be a current GMA student to apply, and friends of current students are invited to apply. However, please discuss with your personal teacher before applying. If you are not a current GMA student, a video of a piece recently learned in lessons music be included in your application. 

Applications are due by May 1st of each calendar year. After May 1st, all applications will be reviewed, and groups will created. Students may be placed in groups with a wide range of ages since ensemble parts are created for each child at their level. Families will be notified via email of acceptance by May 15th. Unfortunately, not every student will be accepted into the ensemble program due to limited space. 

What our ensemble participants have said:

"You have to pay attention to the other people's playing to make pieces work instead of keeping the beat yourself." Samantha 

"You have to be more patient while playing and you get to play songs with new people!" Eliana

"It's so much fun, I want to do it every year!" Inde

Sample Schedule

Monday Night Ensemble Commitment:

June 6th - 6:30-7:30p.m.

June 13th - 6:30-7:30p.m.

June 20th - 6:30-7:30p.m.

June 27th - 6:30-7:30p.m.

July 5th- No Class

July 11th - 6:30-7:30p.m.

July 18th - 6:30-7:30p.m.

July 25th - 6:30-7:30p.m.

August 1st - 6:30-7:30p.m.

August 8th - 6:30-7:30p.m.

Final Performance - August 13th - Time TBD

Application for the Summer 2022 Piano Ensemble 

Application Fee $50. The application fee will be applied toward tuition if you are accepted. If you are not accepted into the program, the application fee will be returned. However, if you are accepted into the program and need to withdraw for any reason, the application fee will be forfeited.

Which days are you available to participate? The greater flexibility you have, the greater chance of acceptance.

Thanks for your application!

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