Symphonic Winds and Concert Band Program with J. Michael Stanley

As the Symphonic Winds & Concert Band Program includes multiple ensemble levels, all musicians will be accepted into this program. Auditions are required for placement purposes only and should be uploaded after completing a registration. For more information about auditions, please visit our Audition Requirements page.

About the Program

Two-Week and One-Week Program Sessions Available:

June Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates: June 17 – June 30, 2017
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates:  June 17 – June 23 / June 24 – June 30, 2017

July Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates – July 15 – July 28, 2017
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates – July 15 – July 21 / July 22 – July 28, 2017

Featuring members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, the PIMF Symphonic Winds and Concert Band Program offers an enriching curriculum that includes daily wind ensemble, concert band, and/or orchestra rehearsals, music education and performance classes, optional chamber music participation, solo performance and competition opportunities, private lessons, master classes, faculty recitals, and much more. The program is open to musicians of all skill levels ages 8-18. Students may attend as resident or day campers.


Sample Daily Schedule

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Full Festival Meeting
9:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Ensemble Rehearsal
12:00 p.m.: Lunch
12:50 – 1:50 p.m.: Electives: (Intonation Training, Choir, Kreutzer Technique, Sight Reading,
Jazz Ensemble (Ages 13 and Above), Conducting, Composition or Written Music Theory)
2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.: Private Practice
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Optionals: (Private Practice, Chamber Music Program*, Sports or Drama*)
*Additional fees may apply.
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!

Symphonic Winds and Concert Band Director:
J. Michael Stanley

J. Michael Stanley is currently the Assistant Conductor of the U.S. Marine Corps Band in Okinawa, Japan. A veteran conductor with the U.S. Marine Corps Bands, he has traveled internationally and throughout the United States presenting concerts and serving as a clinician for wind ensembles at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels as well as having adjudicated for the United States Scholastic Bands Association. Mr. Stanley has received acclaim for his involvement with “Living History” programs throughout the east coast of the United States and has been instrumental in programming concerts that support reenactments of important historical events. He continues to actively serve as a clinician throughout the Mid-Atlantic and National Capital regions and in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area.

As a performer, Mr. Stanley has been featured as a soloist on numerous tours throughout the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, parts of the Middle-East, and the United States. He was also part of a U.S. State Department goodwill mission to East Africa where he led his horn quartet on a tour through the African nations of Ethiopia and Eritrea. He has also performed with the Maui Festival Orchestra, Savannah Festival Orchestra, Hilton Head Orchestra, and several other freelance positions with regional symphony orchestras. Mr. Stanley has toured with productions of Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and Lullaby of Broadway and has backed up jazz giants like Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, and Rodney Jordan.

horn_player1Audition Information

The Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) includes various levels of orchestra, symphonic winds, and concert band ensembles.  Consequently, it is possible to include in our dynamic summer music program student of all ages and skill levels. Students are therefore NOT required to submit audition files before registering. Audition files are required for placement purposes only – and should only be uploaded after you have registered for the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

Please do not upload any files if you are not registered for a PIMF Summer Program. Once registered, you will receive a detailed confirmation packet through which you will choose a preference of: Symphony Orchestra or Symphonic Winds. Placements in said ensembles will be posted on-site at the start of the festival.

Auditions must include five to ten 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.

Auditions will determine: Ensemble Placement, Chamber Music Placement (if applicable), Master Class Selection, and Private Teacher.

Registered and ready to submit audition materials?