Solo Hour

Each musician accepted to Music House is offered an opportunity to perform a solo work with a faculty accompanist (if applicable) in the Philadelphia International Music Festival’s Music House Solo Hour, typically scheduled mid-way through the 17-day festival. There is no required repertoire for the Solo Hour. Musicians may perform with or without accompaniment, but are strongly encouraged to perform by memory.

 

Concerto Competition

This competition is one of the most intense of the varied performance opportunities at Music House, as winners may be required to perform a movement from their selected concerto with orchestra as early as seven days after the competition. Performers may select any concerto movement or published piece with orchestral accompaniment. Rehearsal with faculty accompanist will constitute preliminary round. Final round is performed in public at Bryn Mawr College and adjudicated by members of our world-class faculty. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to represent the Philadelphia International Music Festival as a soloist with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra in New Jersey, or another regional orchestra. Multiple finalists may be selected as additional winners to perform with other regional orchestras. For more information about the concerto competition, please visit our Concerto Competition page.

 

Duo Concerto Competition

For Violin

Violinists will be given an opportunity at the Philadelphia International Music Festival to compete for an on-stage duo concerto performance with a 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, 2nd violin part. One winner will be chosen for each movement. Rehearsal with faculty accompanist will constitute competition round. The Duo Concerto Competition typically takes place within the first week of the festival, so if you intend to enter this competition, please come to the festival prepared.

For Cello

Cellists will be given an opportunity at the Philadelphia International Music Festival to compete for an on-stage duo concerto performance with a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra. To qualify for this competition, cello students must prepare by memory the first movement of the Vivaldi Concerto in B-Flat Major (F.IV, No. 2) for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra. One winner will be chosen. Rehearsal with faculty accompanist will constitute the competition round. The Duo Concerto Competition typically takes place within the first week of the festival, so if you intend to enter this competition, please come to the festival prepared.

 

Master Classes

Select students will be chosen to perform in master classes presented by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Performers will be chosen via audition submissions and will be notified via email prior to the start of the festival. Please note: if you wish to be considered for master class participation, we recommend submitting your audition materials early!

 

Private Lessons

Music House participants receive a minimum of four one-hour private lessons with a member of our world-class faculty. Extra lessons are available for purchase. Lessons are scheduled throughout the 17-day festival. We attempt to honor teacher requests, but acceptance to Music House does not guarantee placement with requested private teacher.