For 25 years, PIMF Orchestra Camps have provided a tremendous opportunity for students of all ages to work in an orchestral setting under the baton of such outstanding musicians as Mark Gigliotti of The Philadelphia Orchestra; Thomas Hong, Artistic Director and Conductor of the University of Pennsylvania Orchestras; Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra – one of the oldest and most prestigious youth orchestras in the country; Kensho Watanabe, Former Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra; and many others.
The PIMF Symphony Orchestra Program includes three divisions: Our Senior Division (designed for student musicians ages 14-19), our Young Artists’ Division (for students ages 11 – 13), and our Junior Symphony Division (for students ages 8 – 10). The Symphony Program is attended regularly by students from throughout the U.S. and around the world. Auditions are required for acceptance to all PIMF programs. Please do not register online until your official acceptance letter has been received via email. Acceptance is on a rolling basis and spaces are limited. Early registration is highly recommended, as once all orchestra levels are filled to capacity, certain instruments will no longer be accepted and applicants will be put on a waiting list.
Note: Alumni may bypass the audition process if attending the same program (i.e. if a student attended the PIMF Orchestra Program in 2022, they may register without auditioning for acceptance for the 2023 PIMF Orchestra Program). Alumni Placement Auditions are due May 1st, 2023. Information will be mailed upon receipt of online registration form.
"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