Skip to Main Content

All City Orchestra Summer Academy

ACOSA
All City Orchestra Summer Academy Logo

One year after an exciting inaugural-season, the School District of Philadelphia, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Project 440 return to co-present the second annual All City Orchestra Summer Academy at the Mann!  This summer, ACOSA is going virtual.  We are committed to providing an enriching summer program to students in this adapted format.  The dates of the program remain unchanged: July 20th – July 31st, culminating with a virtual orchestra production.

The adapted ACOSA program will shift from ensemble-based learning to orchestra sectional / instrument-specific learning.  As it stands, the Summer Academy will follow a Monday – Friday schedule, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM with breaks throughout the day.  As of 5/29/20, camp offerings will include:

  • Sectionals
  • Instrumental group lessons
  • Composition workshops
  • Yoga / physical wellness
  • Life skills workshops

As a result of overwhelming interest in the 2020 All City Orchestra Summer Academy, we have met our registration quota and have closed the application to register.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Academy?

ACOSA 2020 will be held Monday - Friday, July 20 – 31, 2020 in a virtual format.
 
The final concert date is to be announced.

How many students get in?

While there is not a limit set for the number of students accepted into the program, ACOSA requires the diverse breakdown of instrumentation as is standard to an orchestra.

Our goal is to facilitate an orchestra comprised of 60-80 musicians.

What is “Summer slide?”

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Most students lose two months of mathematical skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading1. Furthermore, this loss compounds year-after-year, meaning, for every summer without access to educational resources, the achievement gap grows larger and larger between students.
 
Preventing summer slide is most effective when community organizations work together to encourage kids to read, practice their instrument, dribble a basketball, or generally engage with whatever it is they are passionate about2. Utilizing the summer months as a time to stay sharp on a respective skill is paramount to combatting summer slide.

How do I apply?

As a result of overwhelming interest in the 2020 All City Orchestra Summer Academy, we have met our registration quota and have closed the application to register.

What if I am not a student from the Greater Philadelphia area. Can I still apply?

If you are a student from outside of the Greater Philadelphia area, please give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to learn more about your situation and see if we can help you in becoming an instrumental part of the All City Orchestra Summer Academy.

Phone: (215) 546-7900
Email: Education@MannCenter.org 

More Information

For more information on the All City Orchestra Summer Academy, please contact Naomi Gonzalez, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement, at Education@MannCenter.org.

ACOSA 2020 Partners