Piano Studies Program

The Philadelphia International Music Festival Piano Studies Program is designed for intermediate to advanced-level pianists and includes: three – five private lessons weekly with our faculty pianists; daily morning master classes with guest instructors; daily instructional piano seminars focusing on four-hand literature; daily, hour-long music class instruction, including a choice between: music theory, jazz, composition, conducting, and choir; two – four hours of required, daily private practice; two evening master classes; optional daily chamber music rehearsals; a competition through which winners are offered an opportunity to perform in a recital hosted by the Cunningham Piano Company (and advertised by PIMF); weekly piano master class, festival-wide solo performance opportunities; and much more!

Program Directors:

Svetlana Smolina (June Session)

Pianist Svetlana Smolina, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Some recent notable solo appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall…

Yu Xi Wang (July Session)

Yu Xi Wang is on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music where she teaches Core Studies, Supplementary Piano, and Keyboard Studies. Prior to her 2013 appointment at Curtis…

Presented By

  • Three-five weekly hour-long private lessons with our faculty pianists
  • Daily morning master classes with guest instructors
  • Daily instructional piano seminars focusing on four-hand literature
  • Daily, hour-long music class instruction, including a choice between: music theory, jazz, composition, conducting, and choir
  • Two – four hours of required, daily private practice
  • Two evening master classes
  • Optional daily chamber music rehearsals
  • A competition through which winners are offered an opportunity to perform in a recital hosted by the Cunningham Piano Company (and advertised by PIMF)Weekly piano master class
  • Festival-wide solo performance opportunities

 

June Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates – June 20 – July 3, 2020
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates – June 20 – June 26 / June 27 – July 3, 2020

July Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates – July 18 – July 31, 2020
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates – July 18 – 24 / July 25 – July 31, 2020

Students in the Piano Studies 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. – 11:00 a.m.:Private Practice / Private Lessons
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Daily Piano Master Class
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Lunch
12:50 p.m.- 1:50 p.m.: Piano Duet Class
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Choice of Elective or Private Practice
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Choice between Chamber Music, Drama, Private Practice, or Sporting Activities
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!

Click here for more information on the audition process.

Attending as a Resident Student:

Two-Week Resident Fee: $3900

One-Week Resident Fee: $2275

Attending as a Commuter:

Two-Week Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $3250

One-Week Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $1975

Attending as an Extended-Day Commuter:

Two-Week Extended-Day Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.): $3500

One-Week Extended-Day Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.): $2125

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

Are all PIMF summer programs held in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania?

Although some of our year-round programming is facilitated on other sites, ALL piano studies programs are held on the estate-like grounds of Bryn Mawr College, (named by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the 30 most beautiful college campuses in the U.S.).

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?

The audition deadline is April 30, 2020.

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 Auditions Director at ben.patterson@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.

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

The Grand Finale concert for the Piano Studies Program is held on the last day of each session. 

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"I have been to PIMF for two years now and it’s an incredible place to be. I’m always so inspired even months after I’ve attended and I continue to enjoy uncovering the new things that I can learn there. Can’t wait for next year!”

- Megan F., 2018

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“Our children love this camp so much. This is their fourth season, and I'm sure we will be back next year. What they learned this year was just amazing. The atmosphere is not only professional, it's fun! They come home inspired by all they see and set new goals for their playing. The staff are always so courteous and helpful. The Philadelphia Orchestra teachers are always the best. Thank you for all your hard work.”

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