Master Classes

Through our Music Education Program, with support from the Lois and Julian Brodsky Music Education Fund, PCMS offers free in-school master classes to music students from the Curtis Institute, Temple University, Academy of Vocal Arts, Settlement Music School, Temple Music Prep, Play on Philly, and public and charter schools around the city, providing technical, expressive, and historical insight into the music they perform.

This season, we are working with our partners to continue affording students the opportunity to work with eminent artists online—and, we hope, in live coaching sessions when it is safe to do so. Artists who will participate in these activities include the Aizuri, Daedalus, Dover, Catalyst, Formosa, Harlem, Jasper, Parker, and Takács Quartets; Sphinx Virtuosi; ECCO; violists Kim Kashkashian and Steven Tenenbom; cellist Peter Stumpf; flutist Marina Piccinini; tuba virtuoso Carol Jantsch; guitarist Jason Vieaux; pianists Richard Goode and Shai Wosner; mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron; and others.

Marina Piccinini leads a flute master class

What Students Say

"The opportunity to perform for these visiting artists and open a direct channel of communication to receive musical feedback and constructive advice has been invaluable. Their clear perspective on ensemble skills and deep exploration into the depths of the chamber music were most impactful to me and my colleagues."

Simon Housner, grade 11
Imani Winds at St. Francis de Salles School

What Parents Say

We really appreciate you investing so much into Sophia’s musical endeavors. Arranging this master class wasn’t easy or cheap, I’m sure. Students don’t just get master classes every day, and especially, not for free. I recognize the lessons, exposure, opportunities, support, and encouragement you are offering my daughters are invaluable. So, I want you to know that I’m truly appreciative of all that you and POP do for them.

Play on Philly parent
Mitsuko Uchida leads a piano/voice master class

What Teachers Say

Students at Temple Music Prep are very fortunate to be in a city like Philadelphia. PCMS propels these young musicians forward by connecting them to the outstanding chamber music ensembles presented in its concert series. By creating these interactions through workshops and master classes, PCMS allows our youth to learn directly from and emulate the masters they aspire to become. PCMS goes one step further in providing tickets so the students may then hear the artists in concert. The value is immeasurable.

Mark Huxsoll, Temple Music Preparatory Division