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Summer Camps and Festivals

YYSO Summer Music Camp Scholarships

Purpose: Scholarships are granted for summer music camp attendance for the purpose of improving the student’s ability - the ultimate goal being the improvement of the York Youth Symphony.

Summer Music Program Scholarship Application [MS Word]

Application Due Date: Closed

Audition Date: Video Submission Required

Summer Camps and Festivals

Below are organizations the York Youth Symphony Orchestra are partners with. Please check each camp and festival out when considering your summer experiences. 

The 2019 Appell Center for the Performing Arts Summer Music Academy provides an intensive music academy for middle and high school students in the greater York area. Students will participate in the Academy Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Music Ensembles and will attend lectures and master classes taught by leading professionals in the music field. The week will conclude with an evening performance by the Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Ensembles. The Summer Music Academy will feature guest conductor Dr. Christopher Cicconi, Director of Bands and Orchestras and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Towson University.

Date & Time: Canceled

Location: Appell Center for the Performing Arts (50 N. George Street, York, PA)

Age Group: Students in Grades 7-12

Lunch: Not provided

"The Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) features principal players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and regularly includes some 250 students from throughout the U.S. and around the world. Participants choose one of six program options: Orchestra, Solo Performance, College Audition Preparation, Chamber Music Intensive, Piano, or Music Theatre & Opera. All programs are open to musicians ages 11 –19. There is a separate program, Music House, for college students and young professionals. All program options include: private lessons, master classes and faculty recitals with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra; solo performance opportunities; concerto competitions; an optional chamber music program; daily private practice; daily ensemble rehearsals; daily music course options including sight reading, ear training, music history, theory, composition, or conducting; and festival-ending grand finales. Students may attend PIMF at Bryn Mawr College for one, two, three, or four weeks."

The York Symphony Orchestra will hold its 19th Annual Summer Music Camp, “My Opus Magnum” at Logos Academy in York the week of July 8-12, 2019. The camp will offer youth musicians in grades 3 through 12 immersion in the composition process, learning about harmony, melody, counterpoint and rhythm as they compose their very own musical work.


The camp emphasizes a hands-on creative approach with group instruction on individual keyboards and computer software as well as individual coaching through the songwriting process. Students will be divided into two sessions: Beginning Composition and Advanced Composition. The cost is $110 per student.


Highly qualified instructors will offer level specific instruction and will creatively guide elementary to high school students through the process of composing a masterwork all their own. 


Camp will conclude with a performance of each students composition and a pizza party. Each student will also receive two vouchers to a York Symphony Concert. Students of all levels of ability are encouraged to attend; however, it is suggested that they have some private lesson experience with the instrument of their choice.

Dates:  July 8 to July 12, 2019

Location:  Logos Academy (250 W. King Street, York, PA; FREE parking)

Age Group:  Students in Grades 3-12

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