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!
Note: Alumni may bypass the audition process if attending the same program. In this case, a placement audition will be required by May 1st, 2021.
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.
Two-Week Resident Fee: $4150
One-Week Resident Fee: $2475
Two-Week Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $3500
One-Week Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $2125
Two-Week Extended-Day Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.): $3750
One-Week Extended-Day Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.): $2275
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.
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?
The audition deadline is April 30, 2021. However, all auditions are processed on a rolling basis. Once spots are filled, everyone accepted will be placed on a waiting list. Early audition is highly recommended.
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 Operations Director, Jake Heil, at email@example.com; or contact Accept’d 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.
"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
"Awesome - my daughter’s playing improved with the high level of music instruction. She also met quite a few kid musicians from all over the world that she’s been keeping contact with. I really loved the focus on practicing. She will be returning next year!”
- James M., 2018
"Our son loves PIMF and improves his level of play and repertoire for percussion. He loves the experience and time with friends in the dorms. He is going into his fourth summer in 2019. Thank you PIMF!”
- Jeff D., 2018
"The 2019 PIMF season will be my 3rd year at this camp and I absolutely love it!! Working with the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra has made me learn and grow so much and being able to work with other musicians my age is so much fun! I am so excited for this upcoming year and many years of PIMF!!!!”
- Kate F., 2018
“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.”
- Jean F., 2019