Chamber Music Intensive Program

Joseph Conyers, Assistant Principal Bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra, is the founder and Executive Director of Project 440, a partner of the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

July 13 – July 26, 2019

The Project 440 track at PIMF is designed to train young musicians to serve their respective communities through interactive chamber music performance. The Project 440 track is by audition only and open to students ages 13-19 who will also participate in the PIMF Symphony Orchestra ensembles.

Members of Project 440, including Joseph Conyers, Assistant Principal Bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will present to 12 outstanding students the hands-on, industry-specific mentoring and training necessary to enable young musicians to become successful, engaging, and compassionate artists – prepared to contribute to the vibrancy of their own communities through interactive chamber music performance and engagement.

While on the Project 440 track, students will participate in the full spectrum of PIMF events and activities, including private lessons, master classes and faculty recitals with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, daily orchestra rehearsals and music classes, private practice sessions, solo performance opportunities, festival competitions, and more.

As part of their Community Engagement training, however, participants in the Project 440 Program at PIMF will also engage audiences through performances in hospitals, libraries, and at other community sites in and around the lovely Main Line town of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  In addition, they will learn leadership and entrepreneurship skills that are essential tools for young people planning a career in classical music.

In summary, the Project 440 Track at PIMF focuses on training young performers to be outstanding chamber musicians ready to apply their newly-sharpened music skills to pursuits in their own neighborhoods and beyond. This life-changing training is invaluable in helping the young musician establish a successful rapport as a classical performer in his or her own community, often leading to employment as a soloist, chamber musician, or ensemble player in a local or professional symphony orchestra.

About Project 440

project440In 2010, Joe Conyers and the teaching musicians of Project 440 began educating young musicians on how to use classical music as a tool by performing interactive programs for under-served audiences.  Part of Project 440’s mission is to train young musicians on the importance of service through music, in order to expand the community service and outreach that many music programs lack.  By emphasizing the importance of community engagement, our programs mobilize musicians to help make classical music an inclusive, dynamic, and relevant art form in the 21st Century. For more information about the vision, history, and mission of Project 440, click here.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Full Festival Meeting
  • 9:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:50 – 1:50 p.m.: Intonation Training, Choir, Kreutzer Technique, Sight Reading, Jazz Ensemble, Conducting, Composition, Music History, Ear Training or Written Music Theory
  • 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.: Required Private Practice
  • 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Chamber Music Studies with Project 440.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 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!

Chamber Music rehearsals throughout the first week of the festival will concentrate on intense chamber music training. Week two of the festival will concentrate on off-campus chamber music performances in hospitals, libraries, and community sites in and around Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Repertoire selections will be sent approximately two weeks prior to the start of the festival.

How To Apply: First, register online for the Chamber Music Intensive Program. After registering, upload your audition materials (click here for audition info) via Acceptd, the online audition platform of the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Auditions are due no later than April 30th, and earlier is recommended. Acceptance is on a rolling basis, so early application is highly recommended. Acceptance decisions are made within 2-4 weeks of receiving auditions, and you will be notified of the decision via email.

The 14-day Chamber Music Intensive Program is offered in the July session only.

Questions? Phone 856.875.6816 or email