As the pandemic progressed, it became clear that online music study at PIMF wasn’t going to be just an alternative to in-person learning, but a new outlet for creativity and personal expression. The platform grew to include individual lessons and practice rooms, and was perfectly positioned to host a fully virtual Philadelphia International Music Festival last summer for over 100 students around the world for the first time in the camp’s history.
“We have to seize all of the opportunities that are available right now,” explained Jack Naglick. “Every virtual opportunity is a chance to learn something new that can inspire you to be better or give you a completely fresh way of looking at your music.”
“I most enjoyed meeting and connecting with new people,” Jack continued. “I was exposed to so many new ideas and ways of thinking about music. Faculty members were all inspiring and taught me so much.”
Like the in-person camp, the offerings of PIMF’s online sessions let music students delve into diverse areas of music study along with other students and last summer even allowed for full orchestra and ensemble work – even if the ensemble was video boxes across a screen instead of chairs across a stage. The day’s schedule even included much-needed chat rooms for socializing.
Faculty concerts in the evenings gave students a peek into how their future lives as musicians might look, as their teachers performed from their own homes, like Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales and his wife, Amy Oshiro-Morales, a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s second violin section.