Summer Program

Summer Camp 2019

June 24-August 2nd, 2019

Registration Opens:  January 22, 2019 – please come back then!

Summers at Play On Philly are an opportunity for musical and social-emotional growth. Students participants, grades 1-12, come from our school-year programming and from across the city of Philadelphia. Ensembles perform regularly for other campers, off-campus and in formal concerts for family and friends. Please read on for information about summer sessions and registration.

Elementary and Middle School Students (rising 1st – 8th graders)   

8:00am – 3:15pm

Session One: June 24 – July 5 (July 4 – No Programming)

Session Two: July 8 – July 19

Session Three: July 22 – August 2

  • Class Offerings: Choir, Group Class, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Instrument Making, Composition, Private Lessons
  • Past Session Themes: POP Goes to the Movies, I’ve Got Rhythm, Musical Passport
  • Musical Focus: Ensemble Playing, Instrument Technique, Creativity and Exploration


High School Students (rising 9th – 12th graders)

10:30am – 5:15pm (option 8:30 am class)

Session One: June 24 – July 12

Session Two: July 15 – August 2


  • Class Offerings: Symphony Orchestra, Instrument Making/Repair, Composition, Recording, Pop Strings, Brass Band, Junior Teaching Artist
  • Past High School Projects: Unapologetically Black, POP Mixtape
  • Musical Focus: Ensemble Playing, Instrument Technique and Refinement, Music and Social Justice

Breakfast and lunch are provided.

*Each session is unique. Families may register for one, two or all three sessions!

If you would like to learn more, please email us at


Poetry & Ekphrastic Music Mixtape – Summer ’18

During POP Summer Institute 2018, students learned about Ekphrastic Art, or art in one medium that is inspired by a piece of art in another medium. Students spent time reflecting on pieces of poetry and art, practicing a variety of compositional and improvisational techniques, and composing music inspired by poems that they chose. Listen below!


Play On, Philly! (POP) provides intensive music education to K-12 students, who would typically lack access, as a vehicle for life skills and academic achievement

For 2½ hours every day, students enjoy instrument instruction and ensemble practice completely tuition-free