Grand View Youth Piano Camp

Cowles Center, Grand View University, Des Moines

You're invited to attend the Grand View University Piano Clinic this summer from Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28. Students should have at least three years of piano lesson experience.

At camp, you will:

  • Learn and perform a brand new solo piece (or two shorter pieces)
  • Experience playing in ensembles (duets or trios)
  • Receive private lessons and ensemble coaching
  • Take courses in Music theory or Music appreciation

Highlights include:

  • Student recital on final day of camp
  • Faculty recital
  • Featured guest artist

Piano Camp Instructors

Dr. Natalie Landowski

Natalie LandowskiDr. Natalie Landowski is currently the instructor of applied piano at Grand View University. She holds a bachelor of music in piano performance from the University of California, Irvine, a master of music in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a doctor of musical arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa

An active performer, Dr. Landowski has presented solo and chamber ensemble performances for the University of Iowa's Piano Sundays and Steinway Extravaganza series and at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Upper Bay Philharmonic Society, and Irvine City Hall, as well as other venues. She has attended music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has played in master classes given by notable artists such as Gary Graffman, Menahem Pressler, Eduardo Delgado, Kenneth Drake and Edward Parmentier.

She has also been involved in presenting pedagogy workshops and giving master classes at universities throughout southern California, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Elise Davidson

Elise DavidsonElise Davidson is pianist and educator in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a 2012 graduate of Wartburg College with a degree in music education. She earned her master’s in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Iowa. After moving to Des Moines, she started her classroom experience at Holy Trinity School and now serves as the music director for grades K-8, directing a middle school choir and musical.

She completed her Kodály mastery certificate, providing an intensive study of folk song analysis, retrieval, musicianship, and conducting. With a particular passion for music literacy, she strives to create an environment of joy-filled music making with an emphasis on student choice and leadership. In addition to teaching, she maintains a small private piano studio and enjoys accompanying for local high schools. She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog at home in Des Moines.

Dr. Kathryn Duffy

Dr. Kathryn DuffyDr. Kathryn Pohlmann Duffy is a professor of music at Grand View University and the director of the Grand View Choir. She holds degrees in music from Wartburg College, Kansas State University, and the University of Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on the music and liturgy at the Castle Church in Wittenberg on the eve of the Reformation.

She recently led the Grand View Choir in its fourth European tour with repertoire and tour locations celebrating the Reformation. Her work has been honored by Grand View University with its Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award (2000) and its Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (2016). She has also been recognized by Wartburg College with an Alumni Citation (2014), given for personal and professional work in leadership, service, faith and learning.

Dr. Mark Doerffel

Dr. Mark DoerffelDr. Mark Doerffel is an assistant professor of music at Grand View. He earned his bachelor of music education degree from Louisiana State University and his masters of music education degree from Appalachian State University. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida.

He has presented at conferences in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas on the topics of New Teacher Preparation, Low Brass Pedagogy, Technology Tools in the Music Classroom and Classroom Management.


  • $285, includes lunches and snacks

Hours of the event:

  • Sunday, June 23 - 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 24 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 25 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 27 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 28 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.