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Keep Music Alive Summer 2023!

The Reading Musical Foundation is proud to share more than a dozen music opportunities in Berks and beyond for student musicians, beginner through advanced!

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INSTRUMENT UPGRADE SCHOLARSHIPS

Available through RMF

RMF provides need-sensitive scholarships for students who attend school in Berks County and attend school in Berks County (or are homeschooled) who are looking to purchase an upgraded instrument. Awards are available for any type of instrument, with the maximum award being $500. 

Applications should by submitted by April 28 or May 31. Applications available on RMF's website and must include student essay and teacher recommendation.

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PRIVATE STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS

Available through RMF

RMF provides need-sensitive scholarships for students who attend school in Berks County and attend school in Berks County (or are homeschooled) who are looking to begin or continue private music lessons. Students may study with any private teacher of their choosing. Awards are available for any type of instrument, with new awards up to $350 available, and renewal awards up to $500 available. 

Applications should by submitted by April 28 or May 31. Applications available on RMF's website and must include student essay and teacher recommendation.

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SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

Available through RMF

RMF provides need-sensitive scholarships for students who attend school in Berks County and attend school in Berks County (or are homeschooled) who are looking to attend summer music camp. Students may select any summer music camp of their choice, and camps may be sleep-away or day camps. Awards up to $500 are available. 

Applications should by submitted by April 28 or May 31. Applications available on RMF's website and must include student essay and teacher recommendation.

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BERKS SUMMER BAND INSTITUTE

Thursday Evenings, Beginning June 15, 2023
(date to be confirmed)
Muhlenberg HS

BSBI provides an opportunity to band musicians of all ages to play their instruments in an ability-appropriate ensemble, led by experienced music educators and music education interns. This enables students to continue their music education over the summer months. Adults can also join the ensembles at any level in which they feel comfortable.

First Year & Second Year Band: 7:00 PM; MS & HS Band: 8:00 PM

Program is Free to Students!

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BERKS SUMMER STRING INSTITUTE

Tuesday Evenings, Beginning June 27, 2023
(date to be confirmed)
Governor Mifflin Intermediate School

Berks Summer Strings was created to simply give the Berks County young string musicians a venue to play and keep up their skills on traditional orchestral strings.  We have had as many as 200 students representing 12 public and private schools in Berks County. We have three levels of skills, beginner, intermediate and advanced coving about 4th grade to 9th grade, although we have had both older and young students participate. The program is typically 5 rehearsals and a public performance in the first week of August. During those
sessions we rehearse about 3 works of music in each group. We cover music reading, technique, some basic instrument care and how to play in an ensemble. 

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SUMMER SING

July 24-28, 2023
Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing

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Berks Youth Chorus offers Summer Sing as a free program, open to all young people entering grades 3 through 12. Campers learn music and vocal fundamentals in a fun, engaging and physically active setting. Students sing in small and large groups, explore their voices, improve music literacy, learn choreography and play games. BYC provides all music and education materials and a snack each day. A mini concert for family and friends is presented, on site, on Friday afternoon.

Grades 3 through 7 attend Monday through Friday.

Grades 8 through 12 attend only Friday.

Only cost is a $10 registration fee.

Summer Sing is free for 2023-2024 BYC members!

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GET JAZZED SUMMER CAMP with MIKE EBEN

Session 1: June 26-30, 2023  |  Session II: July 17-21, 2023
Immanuel UCC, Shillington

For students entering grades 7-12 (September 2023).

 

STUDENTS WILL LEARN…
• jazz styles through playing and listening;
• how to improvise using scales and modes;
• the role of the rhythm section in accompanying and soloing;
• how to start your own jazz combo.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Participants should be able to read music and have at least some experience playing in jazz style.
• Drummers should have experience playing basic music styles (swing, rock, etc.) on a drum set.

$90 per session

$170 both sessions

(Scholarships available through RMF)

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READING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JUNIOR STRING ACADEMY

Advanced Orchestra (4th, 5th, 6th year players)

June 19-23/9 AM-12 PM or June 26-June 30/12:30-3:30 PM


Beginning Orchestra (1st, 2nd, 3rd year players) 

June 19-23/1-3 PM or June 26-June 30/9-11 AM



Reformation Lutheran Church, Exeter

The Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra Academy is open to any student playing, violin, viola, cello, or bass in the greater Reading area. The program is designed to help students continue improving during the summer months, while learning new techniques. Students will learn about proper posture, playing techniques, practice strategies, musicianship, rhythm and music theory, and chamber and full ensemble playing. Students will meet Monday through Friday in various formats and will have recreation time. Friday will end with a public performance. Former RSJSO and RSYO members will serve as counselors for this camp, who have attended universities such as Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Institute and more. 

Cost: $70/Beginner Session | $90/Advanced Session

(Scholarships Available through RMF)

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OLIVET BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

Summer Music Theater Camp at

PAL Center for the Arts, Reading

June 12 - August 11, 2023

Camp Hours: 9 AM - 4:00 PM (building open 8 AM -- 5 PM) 

Tuition/Fees: $50 membership fee; $50 per week. 

Sibling and Paid In Full Discounts available.

Tuition includes breakfast & lunch

Members participate in daily workshops and classes in creative drama, acting, music, art and dance.  Members of Theatre Camp will be preparing for 2 shows during Summer Camp: our Face The Music mini-concert (end of June) and our August Musical Theatre Show (possible titles: Finding Nemo, Jr. or Spongebob Squarepants, Jr.).  Members work with trained theatre, dance and music professionals as they prepare for their shows.  After July 4th, daily attendance is expected at daily rehearsals for the August 9, 10 & 11 show.  Each week Theatre Camp will spend the day at Olivet’s Clinton Street Pool, as well as occasional trips to Blue Mountain Camp (Hamburg) and other field trips.  Olivet’s Summer Theatre Camp was recognized with the “Best of the Best” award in 2018 from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.

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ALBRIGHT SCIENCE SRI RESEARCH INSTITUTE

SRI Summer Program (NOT UPDATED)

Grades 5-12

June 28 - July 28, 2022 (Tues.-Thursday)

Tuition: $600 (Scholarships available for students doing music-related research/projects through RMF)

SRI Science Research Institute’s summer program is a unique Total Experience Learning (TEL) environment with inventive STEAM-based processes across all disciplines. This summer’s program will facilitate student innovation and agency (Student VOICE & CHOICE). SRI Science Research Institute facilitators will introduce cutting-edge topics in all disciplines while assisting individual students in personalized project development in each student’s interest area. We will help students identify their passions and act on them through: problem statement identification, research, testing and prototype development, assessment, iteration and intellectual property protection (if needed).

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 1-9, 2023, Kutztown University
Junior Division - Ages 12-18  |  Senior Division: 18 & Up

Tuition: $950 (with housing) | $825 (no housing) | Application Fee: $50

Scholarships available through KU and RMF

Nurturing the love of great music and developing the young artists of the future, KU's Summer Chamber Music Festival allows emerging musicians to experience the Art of Chamber Music with internationally acclaimed artists. 

Talented students from around the world join forces for one week for a fully immersive musical experience. This camp provides opportunities that go beyond the traditional music camp experience, creating a stimulating environment for musical and personal growth through and international exchange of talent and ideas.

YOCUM INSTITUTE FOR ARTS EDUCATION

Performance Workshops: 10-Minute Musicals

Theater Camps (NOT UPDATED)

Broadway Junior Camp (NOT UPDATED)

Older campers work with professional directors, actors, dancers, and artists to develop performance, writing, and/or artistic skills. These camps help to build confidence, collaboration, and creativity while working in a safe and encouraging environment. Performance and Teen Camps range in length (1 – 3 weeks) and many result in performances held in the Yocum Institute’s Schumo Black Box Theater. All camps are led by talented teaching artists and creative professionals who work in education and their chosen discipline.

Camp times and age ranges vary, please click the links below for details. Snacks and lunch are not provided.

MUSIC STUDIO OF
PATRICIA KEITH

Summer Classes, Camps, & Workshops

Boyertown 

Two Locations!

Our summer programs include many diverse camp experiences for high school students all the way down to preschool age, offering performance based programs in singing, dancing, piano, & pop music, as well as a summer preschool options! We also offer summer workshops for ages 6 through adult! Weekly classes in voice and piano for all levels of student musicians, ages 4 through 18.  Private lessons in voice, piano, and strings are enrolling on an ongoing basis. Prices vary, see website for details.

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