The PIMF Viola Intensive Program (VIP) is designed to equip new and developing violists with the tools necessary to serve them at each respective level of development. This exciting new program will review, enhance, and uncomplicate the growth process.

In addition to supporting the skill level of each student, the VIP initiative will encourage each student’s uniqueness, motivate his or her curiosity, and introduce and explore a wide range of opportunities throughout the developmental process.

This hands–on course will review and support the necessary requisites to enhance and identify the right-hand and left-hand sequential learning that leads to playing with ease, developing a beautiful tone, shifting with confidence, understanding vibrato, and appreciating the viola as it emerges to significant recognition and popularity.

Transcribed Bach Cello Suites will be incorporated for players at all levels of advancement to introduce their value as audition material. Additional viola repertoire information will be provided for students to consider as they progress. An interactive discussion of the role of the viola in a chamber music ensemble and an orchestra (including as a section leader) will also be covered.

Open dialogue, questions, and observations by the students will be encouraged and respected as the enrollees discover the many options available to them throughout their development and future relationship with the viola.

A summer music program like no other!

"Can't wait for next year!"

"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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"Loved the focus on practicing"

"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

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"Thank you PIMF!"

"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

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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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"The staff are always so courteous and helpful"

“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

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