Summer 2021 Youth Programs Spotlight
Find the perfect local summer program for your child!
Have a summer program to be listed here? We’d love to hear about it! Please email our Program Coordinator, Emily Bovan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Listed in chronological order*
Michael Buckstein Music Brass Camp: Curtain Call
June 27th-August 2nd
Brass Camp is a summer ensemble made entirely of Pittsburgh-area student brass musicians open to 5th through 12th graders. The group was conceived as an opportunity for these musicians to perform in a unique, fun ensemble during the summer months, supplementing what they had learned in their school’s instrumental program. Age appropriate music is chosen that corresponds with a given theme, and is specifically arranged for the group to provide an appropriate challenge for all students, no matter their level of experience. Individual musicianship as well as the willingness and ability to perform with others are utilized. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer, and the camp culminates in a public performance. Click here for more information!
YMCA Lighthouse Project: Startable Web Design Summer Program
June 28th-August 6th
Startable Pittsburgh is a 6-week summer program that teaches youth ages 13-21 entrepreneurship and web design skills. Participants learn to design their own websites to support their own art and business ventures. Startable is a registered Learn & Earn work site for eligible students. Interested youth can apply here: www.startablepgh.org/apply
Cello Fury Rock Camps
Junior Rock Camp: August 9th-13th
Tuition prices vary
Cello Fury Rock Camp for Strings is an annually held music day camp located in Pittsburgh, PA and run by the members of Cello Fury. Currently entering its 13th year, Cello Fury Rock Camp provides young string players an alternative musical experience beyond the traditional, classical style of playing. Each day, campers play in a rock orchestra, practice with their own rock bands, participate in masterclasses, and attend rock orchestra sectionals. Special workshops take place daily, which change from year to year. Past workshops have included music composition, songwriting, world music, improvisation, world drumming, steelpan, jazz, fiddling, fitness for musicians, music photography, martial arts, music promotion, screen printing, and more! A performance by the campers takes place following camp for parents and friends to attend. In addition, campers have had the opportunity to perform the national anthem for the Pittsburgh Pirates on field at PNC Park! Click here for more information!
Fiddlers Too Inc.: Violin and Viola Boot Camp
Going into our 9th year of boot camp! We are offering 4 weekly sessions at Duquesne or locally (pending institution rules) AND online at the same time (hybrid). This program is for all ages of violinists and violists who are looking to improve their practice techniques and gain a year’s worth of technical skills on their instruments. Click here for more information!
Pittsburgh Music Academy: Musikgarten
Saturdays July 24th-August 14th
Come play with us as we develop your child’s innate musical ability, listening skills, and sense of beat in a loving and nurturing environment! Musikgarten is a leader in the field of early childhood music education – meeting the developmental needs of each child while instilling a love for music that will last a lifetime. Register at www.pghma.com or email email@example.com with questions. For more information check out https://www.beckykeeleymusic.org/musikgarten!
PYCO School of Music: Chamber Music Seminar
10am-1pm (In person)
2pm-4pm (Online clinic)
Join us for a week of fantastic opportunities! Students are instructed by prominent artists and teachers of national and international renown with extensive experience and expertise as educators, chamber musicians, and members of major musical groups.
Seminar faculty and guest artists include musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet, Kassia Ensemble, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University. Click here for more information!
Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra: Band and String Orchestra Camp 2021
Join the Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra in a rewarding five-day immersive program designed to provide orchestra and wind ensemble playing opportunities to students in grades 4 to 9 who play brass, woodwind, percussion, and string instruments! PYCO welcomes returning and prospective members to play challenging and engaging repertoire in keeping with our tradition of excellence in a friendly and welcoming environment. Click here for more information!
Pittsburgh Music Academy: Chamber Music Intensive Camp
Chamber Music Intensive Camp is dedicated to the musical and personal development of the students through chamber music, supervised practice, technique classes and master classes. Our camp will expose young musicians to brilliant literature created for chamber works. Click here for more information!
Pittsburgh Youth Chorus: Summer Singers Camp
August 4th-6th at Grove City location
PYC’s beloved summer camp experiences return for 2021 in Pittsburgh and Grove City! Following all COVID-19 guidelines, camp participants will learn and practice fundamental singing skills, participate in fun musical activities, play outdoors, and make new friends.
On the last day of camp, participants can participate in a singing placement session if they’re interested in registering to sing in PYC choirs for the 2021-2022 school year. Click here for more information!