Acceptance to the Soloists Ensemble Program, which is for string instruments only at this time, is by audition or invitation only. There are limited openings in this exciting new PIMF program. Early registration is highly recommended!
Senior Soloists Ensemble: June 17-29 or July 15-27, 2017 | Ages 13-18
The Soloists Ensemble Program offers students a unique opportunity to perform for a portion of the 13-day festival as an ensemble player and on three occasions as a soloist with the same ensemble. Students accepted to the program will perform a wide variety of repertoire from the Baroque Period. Within the ensemble, students will gain experience as both a section and principal player, as each section will rotate seating throughout the program.
Additionally, the Soloists Ensemble Program – open to strings students only – includes: daily ensemble rehearsals; daily chamber music rehearsals; private lessons, master classes and faculty recitals with principal players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra; solo performance opportunities – including two concerto competitions through which winners perform on-stage duo concertos with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra or as soloists with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and/or other community and professional orchestras; daily music courses including ear training, sight reading, choir, jazz ensemble, conducting, or composition; daily private practice time; evening concerts; an off-campus outing to a Philadelphia Orchestra concert, and much more.
- Daily Open Soloists Ensemble Rehearsal.
- Two – four private lessons with members of our world class faculty! Additional private lessons are available.
- Master Classes with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra.
- Faculty concerts featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
- Required daily private practice, with limited practice coach availability.
- Solo performance hours with faculty pianist.
- Concerto Competition – winners will perform as soloists with the the Ocean City Pops Orchestra in Ocean City, NJ.
- Daily music education courses including: Ear Training, Sight Reading, Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Conducting, Composition, and other courses.
- Chamber Music Program included for all participants.
- Gala Grand Finale Concert featuring all Philadelphia International Music Festival orchestras.
- Swimming, volleyball, basketball and more during free time.
- Exciting evening activities and presentations. Previous festivals have included private presentations by Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.
- Kimmel Center Competition for violin and cello students. Winners of this competition will perform an on-stage duo concerto performance at the Kimmel Center with Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist, Philadelphia Orchestra or other member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Sample Daily Schedule
A limited enrollment of only 18 students enables our world-class faculty to work closely, and often individually, with students in the PIMF Soloists Ensemble Program.
- 8:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Soloists Ensemble Rehearsal. Each participant will be rehearsing and/or performing as a soloists with the ensemble a minimum of three times throughout the duration of the festival!
- 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
- 12:50 p.m. -3:00 p.m.: Private Practice
- 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Daily Chamber Music Rehearsals
- 5:30 p.m.: Dinner (Day Campers Dismissed)
- 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!
Both Senior and Junior Soloists Ensemble Programs at the Philadelphia International Music Festival are by audition only. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The first step in applying to this program is to submit the required online registration form. Audition files should only be uploaded after you have registered for the Philadelphia International Music Festival. When you are ready to upload your files, visit our online auditions portal. Acceptd is the audition platform for the Philadelphia International Music Festival and no other audition submissions can be processed. Applicants will receive acceptance notification within 4-6 weeks of audition file submission. Again, please do not upload audition files until after you have submitted your online registration form. (Please also note that there is a $25 non-refundable audition fee.)
Students not accepted to the Soloists Ensemble Program will receive a full refund of the required $250 registration deposit. The Soloists Ensemble Program at PIMF fills to capacity and is limited to 18 students. Early application and audition material submission is recommended.
Auditions Requirements: 5-10 minutes of current, well-prepared solo repertoire. Performances may be accompanied or unaccompanied. We recommend (but do not require) that audition recordings include two contrasting pieces. Please refer to and include your instrument-specific scale requirements with your audition. Visit our audition requirements page for more information.