Piano Camp, College of Music

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College of Music


    Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
    Florida State University

    Stijn De Cock

    Assistant Professor of Piano
    Florida State University

    Andy Lagrimas

    Assistant Professor Of Piano and Theory
    Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

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    Register For Piano Camp

    WAIT LIST: Online registration for this camp is now closed and there is a wait list. If you are interested in attending this camp, please contact our office at 850-644-9934.

    DEPOSIT: A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 per camp is required at the time of registration. This deposit is applied toward the camp tuition. Your space at camp is not reserved or guaranteed until this deposit has been paid. This deposit is not refundable under any circumstance.

    BALANCE: The balance of all camp fees is due May 27, 2019.

    ***You will not be asked to make a payment on your camp registration until the very last step. You will receive an on-screen confirmation of the camp registration first. This will include your Customer ID number

    After you get your on-screen registration confirmation there will be a link for you to continue on to make the deposit payment. In order to pay only the $100.00 non-refundable deposit check the box next to the full amount that says “Select To Pay”. You will then be able to enter the $100.00 amount in the payment box.

    For more help with making payments, including a video on how to make online payments, go to the Payment Information Page.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    If a registered student becomes unable to attend camp for any reason AND camp administration received a written refund request, the following refund policy will apply:

    • Written notice received in camp office 10 or more business days(Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm) prior to the first day of camp: Full refund of tuition and housing less the $100.00 deposit.
    • Written notice received in camp office 1-9 business days(Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm) prior to the first day of camp: Refund of tuition only less the $100.00 deposit.
    • As of 5:00pm on the night before camp check-in: No refunds of any kind.

    Accepted forms of written notification include:

    • Letters mailed to the camp administration office at FSU Summer Music Camps, PO BOX 3061180, Tallahassee, FL 32306 and RECEIVED in our office according to the policy above.
    • Email sent to the camp administration office at musiccamps@fsu.edu. Please be sure to get a reply confirming that we received you email request and that your refund is being processed.
    • Letters faxed to the camp administration office at 850-644-5257.

    All of the above methods must be RECEIVED in our office according to the Refund Policy. Please be sure to get a confirmation from our office indicating that your request to cancel was received and that the refund is being processed.

    Tips For Online Registration

    When you are entering information, be sure to ENTER THE CAMPER’S INFORMATION (except email address- please use the parent email throughout the entire registration. Important confirmations will be sent to the email address provided). Enter the parent, guardian or teachers information only when specifically asked.

    If you wish to register for more than one camp, complete the process for the first camp and then return to this page to do it again for subsequent camps. You can only register for one camp at a time. After you do the first registration, you can use the password you created during the first registration to begin the second registration.

    Registering Siblings

    If you are registering siblings, you will need to use a different email address for each child. The registration system will only allow an email address to be attached to one child. If this is an issue please contact us and we will help you handle your registrations.

    Make sure you LOG OUT after completing the first child’s registration. You may even want to clear your browser history to make sure that none of the first child’s information populates into the second child’s registration.

    Please visit our Discounts page to see if you are eligible for any discounts BEFORE you register, and to read the criteria and guidelines for all of our discounts.

    Read Gainsford

    A native of New Zealand, Read Gainsford began full-time music study with top piano teachers, Janetta MacStay and Bryan Sayer, before receiving a grant from the Woolf Fisher Trust and the top prize in the Television New Zealand Young Musician of the Year. Gainsford then relocated to London, where he studied privately with Brigitte Wild, a protégée of Claudio Arrau, before winning a place in the Advanced Solo Studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied with Joan Havill, graduating with the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma (premier prix).

    Read Gainsford has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has made successful solo debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has performed in many other venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Centre, Fairfield Halls, Birmingham Town Hall and St-Martin-in-the-Fields. He has recorded for the Amoris label, BBC Radio Three, Radio New Zealand’s Concert Programme, and has broadcast on national television in New Zealand, the UK and Yugoslavia.

    Gainsford moved to the United States in 1992 to enter the doctoral program at Indiana University, where he worked with Karen Shaw and Leonard Hokanson. Since that time he has been guest artist for the American Music Teachers Association and has also given numerous recitals, concerto performances and master-classes. He has appeared at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Music Festival of the Hamptons, spent several summers at the Heifetz International Music Institute, is a member of the contemporary music group Ensemble X, and the Garth Newel Chamber Players. Gainsford has also enjoyed working with such musicians as Jacques Zoon, William Vermuelen, Roberto Diaz, Eddie vanOosthuyse and Luis Rossi. Formerly on the faculty of Ithaca College, where he received the college-wide Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004, Gainsford joined the piano faculty at Florida State University in 2005.

    Stijn De Cock

    Stijn De Cock, Assistant Professor of Piano, hailed for his passionate and virtuosic piano playing by the East Hampton Star, maintains an active musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teaching artist in the United States and abroad. His playing has been described as “alternating between the stormy and sublime, while getting to the heart of the music” and was praised for its ability to create “a most compelling musical narrative” (Amalfi Festival concert review). In recent years, Dr. De Cock’s concert seasons have included concerts on four continents, from the North America to Europe, Asia, and Africa. As the founding director or the Brancaleoni International Music Festival, Dr. De Cock has created a large-scale international summer festival in Italy that offers a unique, intensive, and integrated artistic learning environment to aspiring young pianists, singers, and string players from around the world. Dr. De Cock has taught and held faculty positions at the State University of New York Fredonia, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, the University of Michigan, Schoolcraft College, and Albion College. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, and a Master’s and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.


    Dr. Andy Lagrimas serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Theory at ABAC. He is the staff accompanist for ABAC choral ensembles and student recitals. He previously held teaching positions at Northwest Florida State College and Florida State University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Lagrimas taught general music, music theory, chorus, keyboard lab, and music appreciation in the New York City Department of Education.

    As a pianist, Dr. Lagrimas has performed solo and collaborative recitals throughout the East Coast, including a number of appearances as a collaborative pianist at Carnegie Hall. He was a finalist in Florida State University’s annual competitive piano festival and is active throughout Georgia and Florida as a recital, choral, and church accompanist. His research interests include piano recital repertoire, group piano pedagogy, piano in community music settings, and the music of Claude Debussy. Dr. Lagrimas has presented his research at local, state, and national conferences, and is an active member of Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

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