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Information below reflects details for summer 2020 cancelled on-campus programs.

July 6 - July 17, 2020 (2 weeks)


The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the University of the Arts present this dynamic two-week intensive, where instrumentalists and vocalists explore technique and repertoire while interacting with master-level musicians. You'll work with UArts faculty to uncover a range of creative possibilities through jam sessions, ensembles, lessons and collaborations,  with an emphasis on improvisation and performance.

The Process

The Kimmel's world-class venues and UArts’ brand new music facilities will host this generation's brightest young musicians as they gain invaluable experience in a creative, live performance setting. Philadelphia has deep-seated music roots—transformative figures like Billie Holiday, The Roots, John Coltrane, Kurt Vile, and Questlove have called it home—making the city the perfect place for you to explore music.

The Perks

The curriculum is designed for motivated students who want to hone their musicianship. During the program, you'll work with both legacy and newly commissioned works in ensembles, improvisation sessions, and special concerts.  Master classes with notable visiting artists help hone your musicianship.Additionally, you will take trips to experience live music and have the opportunity to work with dancers to explore the space where music and movement interact.

The Proof

You will emerge from this two-week program with new skills and confidence as a musician, connections to both a network of peers and actively touring and recording faculty, as well as  three college credits.  The program culminates in a free concert performance for friends, students and family in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater.

Core Classes

You’ll participate in the following courses.

Working in small instrument groups you will focus on improving style, technique, phrasing, interpretation, improvisation and sight-reading skills on your primary instrument.

Become a stronger performer by working closely with faculty to build your vocabulary, rhythm, and ear training, as well as your understanding of music theory fundamentals. 

Work alongside three to six classmates interpreting and harmonizing melodies, improvising, and playing as a cohesive ensemble. Music will include a mix of both legacy repertoire and newly commissioned original repertoire written specifically for your ensemble.

You’ll take part in a specialty ensemble. Auditions will be used for placement.

Perform, phrase and harmonize within a large section. Featuring a variety of both original and legacy repertoire, you will work on rhythm, sight-reading, collective improvisation, large group dynamics, and more.

Sharpen your technical and improvisational skills while strengthening your command of repertoire and style. A rhythm section will support your work on harmony, sight-reading, timbre, and more.

Featuring a variety of guitars, pianos, bass, drums and vibes, you will have the opportunity to work in trios and focus on time, feel, musical communication and instrumental interaction.

Students in the Music program work with professional musicians. Many of our faculty teach in the degree programs at UArts. Our expert instructors are seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of musicians.

Summer 2020 Faculty Include

UArts Pre-College Creative Jazz Institute Faculty Randy Kapralick
Randy Kapralick

Coordinator, Music
Mark Allen

MM '11

UArts Pre-College Creative Jazz Institute Faculty Steve Beskrone
Steve Beskrone

UArts Pre-College Creative Jazz Institute Faculty Tim Brey
Tim Brey

Matt Davis

Tiffany Jones

MAT '11

Mike Kennedy

UArts Pre-College Creative Jazz Institute Faculty Tom Lawton
Tom Lawton

Liz Radigonda headshot
Liz Radigonda

MM '07

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)

Additional 2019 Music faculty include:

  • Joe Anderson
  • Chris Mele
  • Conner Saltzer
  • Matt Scarano

Past guest artists have included: 

  • Ralph Alessi
  • Marcus Belgrave
  • Wayne Bergeron
  • Brian Blade
  • Randy Brecker
  • Jimmy Bruno
  • Steve Coleman
  • Robin Eubanks
  • Dwayne Eubanks
  • Orrin Evans
  • Jonathan Finlayson
  • Matt Garrison
  • Maria Grand
  • Doug Hammond
  • Gregory Hutchinson
  • Vijay Iyer
  • Joe Magnarelli
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Pat Martino
  • Wayne Krantz
  • Linda Oh
  • Joanna Pascale
  • John Patitucci
  • Dafnis Prieto
  • Venissa Santi
  • Tyshawn Sorey
  • John Swana
  • Sumi Tanooka
  • Gerald Veasley

2020 Music sample schedule


Student Life & Housing

  1. Review the Music application requirements
  2. Complete the application, including audition, and submit the program deposit online or by mail.  

*Thanks to the generosity of our funders, full scholarships are available.  The deposit requirement is waived for full scholarship applicants.    View scholarship requirements    

I loved being around musicians and artists all day, every day in an inspiring environment.
— Music student


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