Orchestra Camps at PIMF

PIMF Orchestra Camps offer 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, Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra; and many others.

Our Orchestra Camp programs are designed to include student musicians ages 11 – 19 and are attended regularly by students from throughout the U.S. and around the world. With up to five orchestras per session, it is possible to accept students of varying levels to these PIMF programs. Consequently, auditions are required for placement purposes only and should be uploaded only after a registration has been completed (but no later than April 30). Early registration is highly recommended, as once all orchestra levels are filled to capacity, certain instruments will no longer be accepted.

Symphony Competition
Pre-formed orchestra and ensemble programs are encouraged to participate in the 2019 PIMF Orchestra Competition in July. Ensembles may come with own conductor, or request to be placed with an American conductor while at the festival. Rehearsals will take place daily from Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26. All ensembles will compete via on-stage performances Friday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the evening’s events. Winning ensemble will be featured online at: pimf.org for a full year. Individual participants will receive partial scholarships to PIMF 2020, in addition to certificates and medals. Ensemble leaders, please contact Orchestra Liaison, Emily Watkins, at: emily.watkins@pimf.org.

An orchestra camp like no other!

  • Two private lessons with members of our world class faculty (additional private lessons available for purchase in most orchestra camp weeks)
  • Masterclasses with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Faculty concerts featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Daily orchestra rehearsals
  • Daily private practice, with limited practice coach availability
  • Solo performance hours with faculty accompanist
  • Concerto Competition – winners perform as soloists with New Jersey’s Ocean City Pops or another regional orchestra
  • Ear Training, Choir, and other music education class electives
  • Optional Chamber Music Program (additional fee applies)
  • Each summer orchestra camp session concludes with a gala Grand Finale Concert featuring all PIMF orchestras
  • Swimming, volleyball, basketball and more during free time
  • Exciting evening activities and presentations; previous festivals have included private presentations by such renowned performers as Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman
  • Duo Concerto Competition for violin students; winners of this competition will perform an on-stage duo concerto with a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra

Orchestra Camp Session Dates:

June 2019

Two-Week Program: June 15 – 28, 2019

One-Week Programs: June 15 – 20, 2019  |  June 22 – 28, 2019

July 2019

Two-Week Program: July 13 – 26, 2019

One-Week Programs: July 13 – 19, 2019  |  July 20 – 26, 2019

Orchestra Camp Sample Schedule

  • 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.: Full Festival Meeting (including orchestra camp participants, PIMF staff, and all other music camp participants)
  • 9:45 – 12:00: Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:50 – 1:50: Electives (Choir, Kreutzer Technique, Sight Reading, Jazz Ensemble, Conducting, Composition, Music History, Ear Training, Music Theory, & more)
  • 2:00 – 3:00: Private Practice (required for all participants)
  • 3:15 – 5:15: Private Practice, Chamber Music Program*, Sports, or Drama
  • 5:30 p.m.: Dinner (Resident & Extended Day Campers only)
  • 7:00 – 9:00: Evening Events (Student Concerts, Faculty Recitals featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Masterclasses, Competitions, Off-Campus trips to Philadelphia Orchestra concert(s), Talent Show, Movie Night, and more!)

*Additional fees apply for Chamber Music Program.

Attendance Options

Students in all PIMF summer music programs have three attendance options:

  • Resident Camper (residing on campus throughout the duration of the session)
  • Extended Day Camper (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily)
  • Day Camper (8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. daily).

Please note that the Extended Day Camp fee includes both lunch and dinner. The Day Camp fee includes lunch only.

PIMF’s flagship Orchestra Camp programs regularly include up to five orchestra levels. Consequently, it is possible to include in these dynamic programs students of all ages and skill levels. Students are therefore not required to submit audition files prior to registering. Audition files are required for placement purposes only and should be uploaded only after a student has registered for the program. Click here for registration information.

Audition Requirements for PIMF Orchestra Camp Programs:

  • 5-10 minutes of current, well-prepared solo repertoire.
  • Performances may be accompanied or unaccompanied.
  • For students desiring to place in higher level ensembles, we recommend that audition recordings include two contrasting pieces.
  • Please include scales appropriate to your instrument. Examples below:

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


Auditions Will Determine:

  • Ensemble Placement
  • Chamber Music Placement
  • Masterclass Invitations
  • Private Instructor (in some cases)

Attending Orchestra Camp as a Resident Student:

Two-Week Resident Fee: $3050

One-Week Resident Fee: $1800

Attending Orchestra Camp as a Commuter:

Two-Week Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $2550

One-Week Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $1550

Attending Orchestra Camp as an Extended-Day Commuter:

Two-Week Extended-Day Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.): $2800

One-Week Extended-Day Commuter Fee (8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.): $1700

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 orchestra camp 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.

Is it necessary to submit audition materials for Orchestra Camp prior to registering?

No. Although many of our summer music camp programs are by-audition-only, the PIMF Orchestra Camp Program includes up to five orchestra levels. Consequently, it is possible to accept students of varying ages and skill levels. Auditions for Orchestra Camp are for placement purposes only.

When is the audition deadline?

Audition materials are due on or before April 30. This applies to all PIMF summer music camp participants.

Is there any required audition repertoire for the Orchestra Camp?

Visit our auditions page for more info. Please note that students registering for the Orchestra Camp must complete online registration prior to submitting audition materials.

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. 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.

Is chamber music included in the Summer Orchestra Program?

Chamber music is an available afternoon option for all summer music camp programs at PIMF (click here for fees and additional information).

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

The Grand Finale concerts for all Orchestra Camp Programs are held on the last day of each session. If attending the first week of any session, Grand Finales are held on Friday afternoon at 7:00pm. If attending a two-week session (or the second week in any session), Grand Finales are held on Friday evening at 5:30pm. All festival orchestras perform at every Grand Finale.

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- Megan F., 2018

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"So excited for this upcoming year!"

"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

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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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