The TOPS (Teaching Outstanding PerformerS) Piano and Creative Writing Camp is open to young musicians, writers, dancers and actors from kindergarten through 12th grade. There are seven camp sessions - three weeks dedicated to grades 6-12 and four weeks dedicated to grades 5-K. Students attending the TOPS camps have fun while spending an intensive week developing and enhancing their artistic skills. In addition to exposure to world-class teaching and performing, the camps cultivate an all-around appreciation for the art forms of our culture. 

Program Details

All camp sessions take place on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University from 9 am until 4 pm. Camper drop-off, pick-up and daily classes are located in the Arts and Humanities building (next to the University Theatre).
Daily activities include private and group lessons, technique classes, creative writing, master classes, supervised practice, presentations and performance, entertainment and recreation, and tours of the FAU Boca Raton campus.
Campers should bring two snacks and drinks and lunch each day to camp, or they may purchase snacks and drinks for $1 per item (lunch is not for sale).  On Fridays, we will provide a pizza lunch with drinks and cookies for the price of $6 - please bring this amount the first day of each camp session. 

Sample Schedule

Please note that afternoon activities change every summer and activities vary by age group.
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TOPS Camp Sessions 2015

Grades 6-12  June 8-12
Grades 6-12    June 15-19
Grades 6-12 June 22-26
Grades K-5 June 29-July 3
Grades K-5 July 6-10
Grades K-5 July 13-17
Grades K-5 TBD

Edgar M. Abréu - Director

Edgar Edgar M. Abréu earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Abréu has appeared as a soloist for repeat Messiah performances and excelled as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni under the direction of MET Opera bass-baritone Dean Peterson. In 2014, Mr. Abréu made his operatic debut as Lippo Fiorentino in Kurt Weill's Street Scene with the FIU Opera Theater. Classical South Florida wrote "Edgar Abreu made the most of Lippo Fiorentino's scenes, singing and dancing with abandon." Mr. Abréu is Music Director and pianist at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and current director of the summer piano and creative writing camp Teaching Outstanding PerformerS (TOPS) at FAU. Mr. Abréu is currently working on attaining his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida International University under the tutelage of tenor Robert B. Dundas.

Heather Coltman - Founder

Dr. Heather Coltman The Founder of Teaching Outstanding PerformerS (TOPS) Piano Camps, Dr. Coltman is committed to enriching the lives of young Floridians through their encounters with the arts. Through her varied performance and teaching activities, she is able to illuminate the importance of music within our world and its value as a means of communication among all people. Currently, she is Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University.


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