Solo Performance Preparation Program

The Solo Performance Preparation Program (SPPP) is designed for advanced student musicians 13-19 years of age preparing for upcoming solo performances and competitions. The SPP Program includes: three private lessons weekly (see full faculty listing here), daily 30-minute workout sessions with assigned faculty accompanist, daily hour-long solo performance classes, daily chamber music rehearsals, and four hours of required daily private practice. Combined with PIMF’s numerous other program offerings (including master classes, solo performances, and competitions), the SPP Program schedule is the most intense of all our summer music program schedules.  Please note that there are limited openings for Violin, Viola, and Cello in the 2021 SPP Program in June. This program is now closed for all other instruments. There are limited openings for all instruments in the 2021 SPPP Virtual Program in August. Click here for additional information. 

Note: Alumni may bypass the audition process if attending the same program (i.e. if a student attended the Solo Performance program in 2020, they may register without auditioning for the Solo Performance program). In this case, an audition for chamber music placement will be required by May 1st, 2021.

  • Three weekly hour-long private lessons with members of our world-class faculty, including principal players from The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Daily solo performance classes
  • Daily chamber music rehearsals
  • Daily thirty-minute workouts with a faculty accompanist
  • Four hours of required daily private practice
  • Numerous opportunities for on and off campus solo performances
  • Two concerto competitions through which winners perform on-stage duo concertos with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and as soloists with a community/professional orchestra
  • Master Classes with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra; and much, much more.

Ample Solo Performance Opportunities include:

Solo Performance Hours, Daily Solo Performance Class, and a Concerto Competition

June Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates – June 19 – July 2, 2021
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates – June 19 – June 25 / June 26 – July 2, 2021

Students in the Solo Performance Preparation Program may attend as either: Resident Campers (Residing on campus throughout the duration of the festival), Extended Day Campers (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.), or Day Campers (8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.). Please note that the PIMF “Extended Day Camp” fee (see registration form) includes both lunch and dinner. The PIMF “Day Camp” fee includes lunch only.

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Full Festival Meeting
9:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Private Practice, Private Lessons, Accompanist Workouts
12:00 p.m.: Lunch
12:50 – 1:50 p.m.: Solo Performance Preparation Program Class
2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.: Private Practice
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Chamber Music Program
5:30 p.m.: Dinner (Day Campers Dismissed)
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
  Evening Student Concerts and Faculty Recitals featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra,Master Classes, Competitions,
Off-Campus 
trips to Philadelphia Orchestra concert(s) and to the Ocean City, New Jersey, boardwalk, Talent Show, Movie Night, and more!

Entrance into the Solo Performance Preparation Program is by audition only. It is our most competitive program, and fills to capacity each session. We strongly encourage you to audition early!

Audition Requirements:

  • 5-10 minutes of current, well-prepared solo repertoire.
  • Performances may be accompanied or unaccompanied.
  • Audition recordings should include at least two contrasting pieces.
  • Please include scales appropriate to your instrument. Examples below:

(Please note that students may choose to prepare other scales, as these templates are created to simply show a suggested format.)

Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bassoon | Horn | Trumpet | Trombone | Tuba | Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass

Auditions will determine:

  • Program Acceptance
  • Chamber Music Placement
  • Master Class Invitations
  • Private Instructor (in some cases)

Attending as a Resident Student:

Two-Week Resident Fee: $4800

One-Week Resident Fee: $2725

Attending as a Commuter:

Two-Week Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $4300

One-Week Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $2475

Attending as an Extended-Day Commuter:

Two-Week Extended-Day Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.): $4500

One-Week Extended-Day Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.): $2625

Please note that the Extended-Day commuter fee includes both lunch and dinner. The “8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.” commuter fee includes lunch only.

Automated three and six-month interest-free payment plans available. Simply choose your desired option at check-out.

Where are in-person PIMF Summer Programs held?

For the 2021 season, the Philadelphia International Music Festival is proud to be hosting our programs at historic Valley Forge Military Academy and College (VFMAC). VFMAC has successfully hosted in-person woodwind and brass ensemble rehearsals for the past 8 months with NO incidences of COVID-19 in any ensemble. 

What if in-person events are restricted next summer due to COVID-19?

PIMF conducted a very successful online summer camp program in 2020.  We are prepared to switch to online programming at any time, if necessary (we do not, however, expect this to be the case).

If PIMF switches to an online platform and I do not care to participate in an online program, would I receive a full refund?

Yes, all funds paid will be refunded, less a $100 non-refundable deposit.

Do you provide transportation options to/from the PIMF summer programs?

Yes, we do! Please phone our office for more details or to schedule a pickup.

When is the audition deadline?

Acceptance is on a rolling basis and spaces are limited. Early registration is highly recommended, as we are filled to capacity, certain instruments will no longer be accepted and applicants will be put on a waiting list.

Is there any required audition repertoire for the Solo Camp?

There is no specific required audition repertoire. Please go to the “Audition Information” tab for additional information.

How do I submit my audition materials?

PIMF uses the online portal Acceptd for all auditions. For detailed, easy-to-follow instructions, click here and choose “How to Upload Your Audition File” at the bottom of the page.

What if I need technical help with submitting my online audition materials?

Please feel free to contact our Operations Director at jacob.heil@pimf.org, or contact Acceptd support directly.

What is the last date I can register for the PIMF summer music programs?

Early registration is highly recommended as enrollment is limited to 22 students. Once the program is filled to capacity, students are placed on a waiting list.

Do you provide rentals if my airline cannot accommodate my instrument?

Yes. Many musicians (international students in particular) request information regarding cello and bass rentals. Please phone our Administrative Offices at: 856-875-6816 and we would be happy to assist you in securing a rental instrument.

Are there any final concerts that friends and family can attend?

The Grand Finale concert for the Solo Performance Preparation Program is held on the last day of each session. 

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