Summer Program

Summer Camp 2019

June 24-August 2nd, 2019

Registration is now OPEN

Register before April 1 to secure your child’s spot!

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*

*optional after care 3:15-5:15pm

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 (optional 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

New for Summer 2019, High School Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with Shakespeare in Clark Park to perform the score of July’s production of King Lear!

As a Junior Teaching Artist, students will have the opportunity to work with a teacher to prepare and facilitate lessons for younger campers.


Summer Registration and Participation Fees – Each session is unique. Families may register for one, two or all three sessions!

Summer Camp is included in the yearly Play On Philly participation fee.

All students, including POP families, must pay a one time $25 registration fee with their enrollment documents.

Breakfast and lunch are provided.

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


Community Participation Fees

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

# of Sessions Community Rate
1 (2 weeks) $200
2 (4 weeks) $350
3 (6 weeks) $525


High School (Rising 9th – 12th graders)

# of Sessions Community Rate
1 (3 weeks) $300
2 (6 weeks) $550


Ready to register?

Click Here for online application

To download a PDF for:

POP 2019 Summer Music Camp (Current POP)

POP 2019 Summer Music Camp (Community)

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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