UNCA Piano Camp June 2024

Achieve a deeper love and appreciation for music while improving your skill on the piano.  For one week you will be a part of an encouraging community where you will expand your knowledge and improve your abilities through daily lectures, ensemble work, performances, private lessons, and masterclasses led by talented and knowledgeable faculty.

Adults – One-week Camp – REGISTRATION CLOSED

Intermediate to Advanced Levels

June 10-14, 2024
8:45 am  4:30 pm daily
Lunch included every day
Space is limited
Tuition $700.00



Students – One-week Camp – REGISTRATION OPEN

Rising 6 through 12 grade – Piano students in middle and high school intermediate through an advanced piano level. Students should bring at least two memorized, polished pieces, as well as new music for study. Ensemble music will be provided via email/mail prior to camp.

June 17-21, 2024
8:45 am  4:30 pm daily
Lunch included every day
Space is limited
Tuition $550.00



Piano Camp Faculty


Dr. Hwa-Jin Kim, Executive Piano Camp Director
E: hkim@unca.edu


Dr. Douglas Weeks

Steinway Artist Douglas Weeks retired from Converse University in 2020 after serving on the piano faculty for thirty-eight years. In 2023 he retired from the Brevard Music Center after serving on the artist/faculty for forty summers and coordinating the piano program from 1988 to 2022. He has performed in Europe, Central America and Asia as soloist and as pianist in the Converse Trio and in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia under the auspices of the US State Department. For four months in the spring of 1999 he taught at the Conservatory of Music in Cairo, Egypt as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, returning in 2004 and 2009 as a Fulbright Senior

A prize winner in the Casadesus International Piano Competition (now Cleveland International), Weeks also competed in the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. A National Patron of Delta Omicron Music Honorary Fraternity, he is a recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Artist Fellowship in Music, and a distinguished Professor Award from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. He has presented lecture recitals at MTNA state conferences in South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, and California and has authored articles in Clavier magazine and the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum.

Weeks holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois State University. the Master of Music degree with a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, and a Liçence de Concert from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France. His teachers include Abbey Simon, Jack Radunsky, Jules Gentil, and Maria Curcio.


Dr. Eunice Stackhouse

Eunice  Wonderly  Stackhouse  holds  Piano  Performance  degrees  from  Indiana University  (M.M.)  and  University  of  Kansas  (D.M.A.);  and  a  B.M.E.degree from Grace  College.    She  was  elected  to  lifetime  membership  in  Pi  Kappa Lambda  Music  Honor  Society  by  the  Indiana  University  chapter,  and  her dissertation on  The  Solo  Piano  Compositions  of  Louise  Talma  was  published by  University  Microfilms,  Inc.    Her  article  on  Louise  Talma’s  20  Soundshots was  published by  Clavier  magazine  in  November  2002,  and  she  edited  the first  publication  of  Talma’s  Three  Bagatelles  in  2003  for  Hildegard Publishing  Co.

Her  career  began  in  Indianapolis  where  she  taught  independently  for  13 years.  Before  moving  to  NC,  she  taught  at  several  colleges  in  adjunct  or sabbatical replacement  positions—including  the  University  of  Indianapolis, Bethel  College  (KS),  Grove  City  College,  and  Indiana  University  of Pennsylvania.

Dr.  Stackhouse  has  performed  extensively  in  solo  and  ensemble  settings– including  solo  recitals  recorded  and  broadcast  by  NPR  stations  WQED- Pittsburgh and  Radio  Kansas.    She  has  adjudicated  for  numerous organizations  in  seven  states,  and  has  been  active  in  various  organizations, serving  for  several years as  a  state  officer  for  NCMTA. As  Professor  of  Music  at  Montreat  College    (NC),  she  taught  all  of  the  Piano, Theory,  and  Keyboard  Pedagogy courses from 1996-2019.    She  continues  to teach  piano  privately  in  Black  Mountain,  to  adjudicate  competitions  and festivals,  and  to  perform  in  various  settings.

In  addition  to  her  extensive  classical  performance  history,  she  has  also played  for  countless  church  services,  college  commencements  & convocations, conference  centers,  weddings,  funerals,  and  other  events. Website:    https://ews-piano-studio.com


Dr. Elizabeth Churchya 

Pianist Elizabeth Churchya has established herself as a charismatic and sensitive performer. She has concertized extensively throughout the United States and England, and is the prize winner of many competitions.

Most recently, Elizabeth appeared as a “Rising Star” soloist with the University of South Carolina Orchestra in performance of the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. She is a finalist in the Professional division of The American Prize in Piano Performance (Concerto), 2023 and a prizewinner in the 2022 Charleston International Piano Competition. Previously, Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in piano performance from Christopher Newport University, where she won the scholarship competition three consecutive years. In 2011, she made her orchestra debut after winning the university’s concerto competition with Saint­-Saëns Concerto No. 2 in G Minor. Elizabeth earned her Master of Music and Graduate Certificate in Performance from the University of South Carolina. Her principal instructors include Drs. Jeffrey Brown, Lelia Sadlier, and Joseph Rackers. She has had the privilege of performing in masterclasses for renowned pianists including Nelita True, Edmund Battersby, Jon Klibonoff, Dmitri Rachmanov, and many others.

A dedicated teacher, she was awarded the 2023 University of South Carolina Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. She maintains a private studio and often serves as adjudicator for many competitions in the Southeast. She taught courses for the Music History department at the University of South Carolina, including Introduction to Film Music, a course she designed herself and quickly became the university’s most popular music elective. An impassioned supporter of the arts, Elizabeth serves as Executive Director of the premier professional chamber orchestra Sinfonia da Camera and Operations Manager of the renowned Southeastern Piano Festival. Elizabeth is a current doctoral candidate at UofSC in Piano Performance studying with Professor Phillip Bush.


Dr. Vance Reese
Dr. Vance Reese is currently a music professor at Brevard College, where he teaches music history, piano, organ, and classes that intersect his interests in religion and dreaming. If you tell him you had a dream with music in it, he would love a conversation with you. He also has been the music director for musicals at Brevard College, SART, and the Parkway Playhouse. He is also an accompanist in the WNC area, collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, opera companies, piano trios (the Temple Trio), and choral groups (Asheville Choral Society and Asheville Symphony Chorus). His doctoral degree was in organ, sacred music, and music history at Indiana University. He is also Co-Principal Double Bass with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and has played organ at Congregation Beth Ha Tephila (where he has also served a cantorial role during the High Holidays), Christ School (where he also music directed and taught advanced music theory), and at least a dozen churches in the Asheville and Brevard areas. If the Biltmore Estate hasn’t thrown away the recordings, you can hear him play (via those same recordings) on the Skinner organ in the large dining hall. He also serves as the Music Director of the Brevard Jewish Community. He has read through the 24 preludes and fugues of Bach, Shostakovich, Schedrin, and Kapustin, and is currently reading through all 556 sonatas of Scarlatti. He knows just enough accordion to be dangerous. Ask him if he rode his bicycle to camp. (But not with his accordion.)

Dr. Bill Bares, Professor UNCA
Dr. Brian Felix, Professor, and Chair of the Dept. of Music UNCA
Matthew Richmond, Lecturer UNCA
Dr. Michael Ruiz, Professor UNCA
Chuck Taft, Adjunct Faculty UNCA

Piano Camp Staff

Pamela Miller – UNCA Admin. Support Staff


  • Aural Skills
  • Theory
  • Sight Singing
  • Rhythm Exercises
  • Conducting
  • Ensemble work
  • Supervised Practice Sessions
  • Music History
  • Private Lessons
  • Fun recreational activities