Solo Opportunities for Summer Orchestra Camp and Band Camp Participants


Solo Performance Hours:

These informal concerts are open to all students with performance-ready, memorized pieces. Performers should be confident of the repertoire with accompaniment (if appropriate), as rehearsal time is minimal. Students must have selections ready before their arrival at the festival. These concerts provide wonderful opportunities for students to enjoy the experience of performing and sharing music with others, while encouraging each student to seek high performance standards. Please be sure to select repertoire that is ready to perform.

Concerto Competitions:

Musicians participating in competitions must be ready to perform with orchestra if selected. This event is one of the most intense of the performance opportunities at PIMF. Repertoire must be performed by memory and readily available for orchestral accompaniment. Please note that rehearsal with faculty accompanist will constitute preliminary round. Rehearsals may be scheduled as early as Sunday, June 19, so please insure that you arrive at the festival ready to perform competition repertoire. Final rounds are performed in public at an evening concert event at Bryn Mawr College. “As a winner of the 2016 solo competition, winners will receive an exciting opportunity to perform as soloists with one of the following:

  • Ocean City Pops, Ocean City, NJ
  • Northern Neck Orchestra, Kilmarnock, VA
  • Rhythm on the River Concerts, Hayes, VA
  • Bruton Historical Concert Series, Williamsburg, VA
  • Trinity Concert Series, Williamsburg, VA
  • Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra, Williamsburg, VA
  • Pope Benedict XVI Chamber Music Series, Williamsburg, VA”

Violin and cello students will be given an opportunity at the Philadelphia International Music Festival to compete for an on-stage duo concerto performance at the Kimmel Center – or other Philadelphia area venue – with Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist, Philadelphia Orchestra, or other member of The Philadelphia Orchestra! To qualify for this competition, violin students must prepare by memory either the first, second, or third movement of the Bach Double Violin Concerto, 2 violin part. One winner will be chosen for each movement. Cello students must perform by memory the first movement of the Vivaldi Concerto in B Flat Major F.IV, n.2 for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra. Look for similar opportunities for viola and bass in future festivals.

Private Lessons:

Each student musician enrolled in a PIMF program, will be given between one to six, one-hour private music lessons (depending on their program option – Discover Opera excluded), with a member of our world-class faculty. Extra lessons may be available for purchase pre-festival, based on program enrollment. Students should bring practice scales, a music stand, independent study and repertoire music to each lesson. Students enrolled in PIMF summer music camp programs should be prepared to play both polished and newer repertoire in their private lessons.

Musicians in our College and Young Professionals Program, Music House, will receive four one-hour lessons. Program details can be obtained by visiting our website:

Master Class:

Students of varied levels will be selected by adjudicators reviewing placement auditions to perform in Master Classes presented by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Performers with highly polished repertoire will be chosen based not only on advancement, but also on responsiveness and a demonstrated willingness to learn. In addition to these performances, all students will perform with their festival orchestras at the PIMF Grand Finale Concert. Students participating in the PIMF Chamber Music Program will also perform chamber music at one of two Philadelphia International Music Festival Chamber Music Concerts.