The Berks Summer Band Institute and Berks Summer String Institute are free summer enrichment programs open to students and adults in Berks County, supported by Reading Musical Foundation. With a simple goal of keeping young musicians active over the summer, these programs maintain a balance of serious playing and fun music to keep students engaged and excited about music. RMF invites the press and music lovers to attend the final concerts to mark the end of these programs for 2017.
Berks Summer String Institute
Final Concert: Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at 7:00 PM
On Tuesday, August 8, about 100 Berks county students from ages 9 – 14 will be performing their end-of-summer FINALE concert at 7PM at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School Amphitheatre. Students from 10 public schools, three private school and several home schools participate in weekly rehearsals and sectionals staffed by local educators (public school and private teachers). The program celebrates four years this summer and hopes to continue its mission to keep Berks string students playing over the summer.
Berks Summer Band Institute
Final Concert: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM
The Berks Summer Band Institute, now in its 14th year, attracts band students of all ages (elementary school through adult). More than 300 musicians from nearly every Berks County school district participate in this weekly program at Muhlenberg High School. Bands are broken down into four groups by years of playing experience. In addition to public school music teachers directing the program, recent Berks County graduates are invited back to intern and conduct as part of their college music experience.
Over 80 years old, RMF is a public charity that provides financial support for music presenters in Berks County, music scholarships by audition and in response to financial need, and extensive music outreach, including programs in most of Berks County’s public and parochial schools. RMF is governed by a self-perpetuating board of volunteer trustees and is administered by two full-time employees.