Hilltop Piano Institute

Important Announcement

HPI 2021 is cancelled.

We are sad that we will have to cancel HPI again this year due to current Ohio modifications/restrictions for residential camps.

Although Governor DeWine has announced a lifting of restrictions in June, that change in restrictions will come too late for us to host HPI.

We are wanting to connect with our HPI campers, however, as best as we can in the following ways:

  • Mailed Camp packet of resources
  • Opportunity for a Zoom Masterclass (mini-lesson with peers)
  • Opportunity for a Zoom Social Activity with fellow campers
  • Select instructional videos released early summer for future development.

Many of you had wanted to attend this year and we want to connect with you and keep the HPI spirit alive. If you would like to participate in any or all of the above HPI 2021 opportunities, please complete this form and we will connect with you soon!

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact Dr. Jana, camp director.


Fill out this form for HPI 2021 opportunities.



Why should I attend the Hilltop Piano Institute?

Our goal is to enhance your enjoyment of the piano and to foster a deeper appreciation for music and music ministry while working together with a supportive community of enthusiastic teachers. Students who attend our camp participate in fun and engaging group activities.

Here are a few of the possibilities:

  • Dive into the creative side of music
  • Become more effective in practice & performance.
  • Visit the lives and drama of famous composers.
  • Explore a specific musical focus: playing with other instrumentalists and/or accompanying; hymn-playing, improvisation and arranging; building skills like sight-reading and ear training, or the organ.

The classes and activities are upbeat with lots of interaction between students and teachers. The Hilltop Piano Institute provides a thriving environment in which you will learn, grow and have fun at the same time.

Piano Institute Faculty

  • Timothy Crater, MM
  • Martha Miller, BSM, graduate studies
  • Jana S. Pop, DMA
  • Nicolae Pop, DMA
  • Jessica Smith, MM
  • Guest Clinicians

HPI 2020 Videos


Get an overview of the Institute and what to expect.

Sample Schedule

See what a typical day will look like at Institute.


  • Student application
  • Sponsor application (staying for camp)



Read up on answers to other questions you may have.


Full payment is due upon submission of application. Under “Designation” choose “Other” and specify “HPI”

Refund Policy

No refunds will be made after May 13.

HPI Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for helping make HPI 2022 possible!

Check out their pages to see what they’re all about.