Berks Summer Band Institute

Monday Evenings, June-August beginning June 10
Muhlenberg HS
End of Summer Concert: Thursday, August 1

New for 2024 – Fightin Phils National Anthem &
Music Night with MS/HS/Adult Band: Friday, August 2


BSBI provides an opportunity to band musicians of all ages to play their instruments in an ability-appropriate ensemble, led by experienced music educators and music education interns. This enables students to continue their music education over the summer months. Adults can also join the ensembles at any level in which they feel comfortable.

First Year & Second Year Band: 7:00 PM;
MS & HS Band: 8:00 PM

Thanks to funding from the Neag Foundation, this program is free to all participants!

Berks Summer Band Registration
Berks Summer Band Institute Website

Berks Summer String Institute

Tuesday Evenings, Beginning June 25, 2024
(date to be confirmed)
Governor Mifflin Intermediate School


Berks Summer Strings was created to simply give the Berks County young string musicians a venue to play and keep up their skills on traditional orchestral strings. We have had as many as 200 students representing 12 public and private schools in Berks County. We have three levels of skills, beginner, intermediate and advanced covering about 4th grade to 9th grade, although we have had both older and younger students participate. The program is typically 5 rehearsals and a public performance in the first week of August. During those sessions we rehearse about 3 works of music in each group. We cover music reading, technique, some basic instrument care and how to play in an ensemble.

Thanks to funding from the Neag Foundation, this program is free to all participants!

Berks Summer String Institute Website

Summer Sing

June 17-21, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Christ Episcopal Church, Reading
July 29- August 2, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing

Berks Youth Chorus offers Summer Sing as a free program, open to all young people entering grades 3 through 12. Campers learn music and vocal fundamentals in a fun, engaging and physically active setting. Students sing in small and large groups, explore their voices, improve music literacy, learn choreography and play games. BYC provides all music and education materials and a snack each day. A mini concert for family and friends is presented, on site, on Friday afternoon.

Monday through Thursday

Entering grades 3-4: 9am-12:15pm
Entering grades 5-7: 9am-2pm

Entering grades 3-7: 9am-2pm

2pm Mini-concert, free, for friends and family

Only cost is a $25 registration fee.
Summer Sing is free for 2024-2025 BYC singers!

Berks Youth Chorus Summer Sing

Get Jazzed Summer Camp

Mike Eben

Berks Arts/getJazzed

Session 1: June 24-28, 2024
Session II: July 15-19, 2024
Immanuel UCC, Shillington
For students entering grades 7-12 (Fall 2024).


  • jazz styles through playing and listening;
  • how to improvise using scales and modes;
  • the role of the rhythm section in accompanying and soloing;
  • how to start your own jazz combo.


  • Participants should be able to read music and have at least some experience playing in jazz style.
  • Drummers should have experience playing basic music styles (swing, rock, etc.) on a drum set.

Costs TBA (Scholarships available through RMF)

Get JazzEd Summer Jazz Camp Website

Reading Symphony Orchestra
Junior String Academy

June 17-21, 2024
June 24-28, 2024

1-2 years of playing – 2 hours/day – $150
Intermediate Level 1

3-4 years of playing – 2.5 hours/day – $200
Intermediate Level 2

5-6 years of playing – 3 hours/day – $240

7 or more years of playing – 3.5 hours/day – $300

Reformation Lutheran Church, Exeter

The Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra Academy is open to any student playing, violin, viola, cello, or bass in the greater Reading area. The program is designed to help students continue improving during the summer months, while learning new techniques. Students will learn about proper posture, playing techniques, practice strategies, musicianship, rhythm and music theory, and chamber and full ensemble playing. Students will meet Monday through Friday in various formats and will have recreation time. Friday will end with a public performance. Former RSJSO and RSYO members will serve as counselors for this camp, who have attended universities such as Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Institute and more.

(Scholarships Available through RMF)

Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra Academy Information

Olivet Boys & Girls Club

Summer Theatre Camp at Olivet CFA, Reading
June 10 – August 2, 2024
Ages 7 through 14
7 years olds should be entering 2nd grade in Fall 2024
Camp Hours: 9 AM – 4 PM
Early drop-off at 8 AM, Late pick-up at 5 PM
$50 membership fee, plus $150 per week
Sliding scale rates available based on household income
Weekly tuition includes breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks.

Get ready for a Great Summer in the Spotlight! If you love to sing, dance, act, learn a new instrument and make “forever-friends”, Olivet’s Summer Theatre Camp is calling for yoooooooou! This Summer, Theatre campers have 3 opportunities to take the stage! Week one is our Mini-Opera Camp presented by Berks Opera Company; weeks 2 and 3 are filled with guitar, piano, African Drum and singing classes sponsored by Reading Musical Foundation to get you ready for your Face The Music concert; and then (drum roll & jazz hands, please!) the main event! Every Theatre Camper will begin rehearsals for your show that opens on July 31st! Titles under consideration for this summer are, Suess-i-cal, The Jungle Book and Willy Wonka! Once show rehearsals begin, daily attendance is expected. Each instructor and director is a highly trained music, dance and theatre professional! You’ll be working with some of the best artists in Berks County!

But wait! There’s more! Take all of the above and add in weekly trips to the pool, trips to Olivet’s Blue Mountain Camp in Hamburg (also, A POOL!), a field trip to see live theatre with professional actors, throw in some bowling, or maybe a roller-skating party, and you’ll have a summer, and friends, you will never forget!

In 2018, Olivet Summer Theatre Camp was recognized as “The Best of the Best” by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts! Come play your part this summer!

Register today! Spaces in Theatre Camp are limited and fill quickly!

Olivet Boys & Girls Club Website

Albright Science Total Experience Learning Summer Camp

Grades 5-12

June 22 – August 2, 2024
Tuition: $1,063/Five Weeks (Check Website for Weekly Pricing)
(Scholarships available for students doing “Music Production Track” through RMF)

Our acclaimed summer program provides an exceptional Total Experience Learning® (TExpL) atmosphere that spans various creative, technological, and educational fields. Employing our exclusive student-driven learning approach, our instructors introduce cutting-edge topics while assisting participants in crafting individual projects within their areas of interest

About the Music Production Track:
Step into the world of music production with our exciting program designed to ignite your passion for creating soundscapes that captivate and inspire. Our program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to utilize industry-standard tools like Logic Pro, unleashing your creative potential. Join us this summer for a sound journey, where you’ll drum up not only lasting memories but a deep understanding of the music industry.

TExpL Summer Camp Information
TExPL Website

Kutztown University
Summer Chamber Music Festival

July 6-13, 2024, Kutztown University
Junior Division – Ages 12-17 | Senior Division: 18 & Up
Tuition: $1,200 (with housing) | $1,110 (no housing) | Application Fee: $50
Scholarships available through KU and RMF

Nurturing the love of great music and developing the young artists of the future, KU’s Summer Chamber Music Festival allows emerging musicians to experience the Art of Chamber Music with internationally acclaimed artists.

Talented students from around the world join forces for one week for a fully immersive musical experience. This camp provides opportunities that go beyond the traditional music camp experience, creating a stimulating environment for musical and personal growth through and international exchange of talent and ideas.

KU Chamber Music Festival Website

Yocum Institute
for Arts Education

Ages 8-15
Specialty & Performance Camps

Older campers work with professional directors, actors, dancers, and artists to develop performance, writing, and/or artistic skills. These camps help to build confidence, collaboration, and creativity while working in a safe and encouraging environment. Performance and Teen Camps range in length (1 – 3 weeks) and many result in performances held in the Yocum Institute’s Schumo Black Box Theater. All camps are led by talented teaching artists and creative professionals who work in education and their chosen discipline.

Camp times and age ranges vary, please click the links below for details. Snacks and lunch are not provided.

Yocum Institute Website

Music Studio of Patricia Keith

Summer Classes, Camps, & Workshops
Two Locations!

Our summer programs include many diverse camp experiences for high school students all the way down to preschool age, offering performance-based programs in singing, dancing, piano, & pop music, as well as summer preschool options! We also offer summer workshops for ages 6 through adult! Weekly classes in voice and piano for all levels of student musicians, ages 4 through 18. Private lessons in voice, piano, and strings are enrolling on an ongoing basis. Prices vary, see website for details.

Patricia Keith Website

Summer Music in Berks


Available through RMF


RMF provides need-sensitive scholarships for students who attend school in Berks County and attend school in Berks County (or are homeschooled) who are looking to purchase an upgraded instrument. Awards are available for any type of instrument, with the maximum award being $500.

Applications should by submitted by April 28 or May 31. Applications available on RMF’s website and must include student essay and teacher recommendation.

RMF Instrument Upgrade Application


Available through RMF


RMF provides need-sensitive scholarships for students who live in Berks County and attend school in Berks County (or are homeschooled) who are looking to begin or continue private music lessons. Students may study with any private teacher of their choosing. Awards are available for any type of instrument, with new awards up to $350 available, and renewal awards up to $500 available.

Applications should by submitted by April 28 or May 31. Applications available on RMF’s website and must include student essay and teacher recommendation.

RMF Private Study Application


Available through RMF


RMF provides need-sensitive scholarships for students who live in Berks County and attend school in Berks County (or are homeschooled) who are looking to attend summer music camp. Students may select any summer music camp of their choice, and camps may be sleep-away or day camps. Awards up to $500 are available.

Applications should by submitted by April 28 or May 31. Applications available on RMF’s website and must include student essay and teacher recommendation.

RMF Summer Camp Scholarship Application