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USU's Music Department to Host Annual Summer Piano Festival

By Bryan Stalvey |

LOGAN, Utah — USU's Music Department is hosting its annual Summer Piano Festival featuring workshops and performance opportunities for pre-college students ages 14-18, and a special trip to attend the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. The festival also features faculty and guest artist concerts open to the public.

This year’s festival is named “Inside & Out,” leading participants to explore the “inside” of the music — learning to play and transcribe by ear, creatively analyze and interpret scores, imitate their favorite composers through model composition, and discover the inner workings of world class concert grands. This 3-dimensional approach to music will enable them to better enjoy and excel at the “outside” of music when performing, improvising, and collaborating with their peers.

“I attended my first piano camp when I was 16, and it changed my life. I wouldn't have become the pianist I am today if I hadn't had the chance to immerse myself in music with a group of like-minded peers and inspiring faculty,” said Ben Laude, professor in piano literature and aural skills who is helping lead the effort of putting the festival on this year, of his own experience. “It was one of the most motivating and magical experiences of my life, which is why I'm so thrilled to create a similar experience at the 2024 USU Summer Piano Festival.”

This festival is a testament to the Caine College of the Art’s ability to strengthen the community and provide educational opportunities that elevate musical talent and the arts in the lives of others.

The talent of USU’s piano faculty and guest artist Koji Attwood will be showcased at the performances.

  • Noon June 18: Faculty Recital.
  • 6 p.m. June 18: Alumni Recital.
  • 7:30 p.m. June 19: Koji Attwood Recital.
  • 5:30 & 8 p.m. June 21: Student Recitals.

From his biography on the Gifted Music School’s website, “Koji Attwood, a Kansas native, made his solo debut at the age of ten, and one year later won 2nd prize at the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition.” Attwood is the prize winner at the Stravinsky International and Missouri Southern International Competitions, has performed in the Metropolitan Opera House, and has many other accomplishments signifying his prowess.

Learn more about the Summer Piano Festival and purchase tickets either on the Caine College of the Arts Website or at the CCA Box Office.


Bryan Stalvey
Director of Marketing & Communications
Caine College of the Arts


Ben Laude
Associate Professor, Piano Literature & Aural Skills
Caine College of the Arts


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