Category: Philadelphia International Music Festival

Why, thank you Facebook.

Facebook is making it easy to talk about the Philadelphia International Music Festival this year! Just in time for camp, clickable hashtags will be a reality:

Get practicing: #PIMF2013!


Thinking packing? THINK Camp Store!

Is packing is on your mind? Are you dreading that heavy suitcase?  Did you know our camp store is stocked to meet your every need? We will be selling towels, bedding, toothpaste and brushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lip balm and combs at great prices. Pick up your supplies during registration!

Are you planning to purchase festival t-shirts, sweatshirts, or water bottles prior to your arrival at Bryn Mawr College? If “yes” – celebrate PIMF 2013 in style with our brand new gear!  We have clothing and memorabilia for everyone in the family.

Finally, keep a lookout online for festival notices about upcoming promotions, activities, concerts and events! From now through July 5th we will be posting daily information on our social media platforms.

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Benefit Concert Success

PIMF, Ocean City New JerseySaturday night’s Hurricane Sandy benefit concert, sponsored by the Philadelphia International Music Festival, in Ocean City brought over 200 visitors to down to shore. Donations totaling over $1,000, have gone directly to the American Red Cross, who have sent over 15,000 skilled workers to the Jersey Shore to help with clean up and take care of the Sandy survivors since October.  Now, months after the storm, the Red Cross has turned their focus on long-term goals for shore restoration.

Noelle Casella, an American born cellist who recently completed her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Ellen Hannigan-Youssefian, a wonderful a pianist and graduate from Ocean City High School, accompanied the Marcucci sister’s Madison and Michal- daughters of PIMF co-founder Sandy Marcucci, while they delighted classical music lovers with pieces like Vivaldi’s Winter and Handel-Halveoson’s Passcaglia.  These talented young women have performed, worked, or studied with the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and PIMF for a number of years prior to this concert.

This one night only event, could not have been made possible without the dedicated staff of Ocean City Tabernacle, the talented musicians, and classical music lovers like yourselves. PIMF would also like to thank the media coverage we received from the Press of Atlantic City and 6 ABC.

Please check back later this week for photos and video from the performance. 

A Classical Evening in Celebration of Ocean City’s Restoration

Press Release 

Philadelphia International Music Festival announces a concert celebrating the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore

Madison MarcucciOcean City, NJ– The Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) will be hosting a free concert at the Ocean City Tabernacle in Ocean City on Saturday, April 20th to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at the Jersey Shore. Two young violinists, Madison Marcucci, a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, and her sister, Michal, a Junior at Baptist Regional School in Haddon Heights, will be accompanied by pianist Ellen Youssefian – an Ocean City High School graduate who studied at Germany’s Wurzburg School of Music on an International Rotary Foundation Scholarship from the Ocean City Rotary – in an evening of classical music celebrating the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore.

Hammonton native Sandy Marcucci, Co-Founder and President of PIMF and mother of the Marcucci sisters, said, “Ocean City is dear to the hearts of everyone who grew up in Southern New Jersey. This is just one small thing that PIMF and my family can do to help!”

Michal MarcucciThe girls, like their mother, also spent their childhoods close to the Jersey Shore and have fond memories of summers spent with friends and family on the Ocean City boardwalk. They will be performing pieces by Mozart and Bach, along with others. “We wanted to give back to the community that helped us grow up,” Madison said. “Music is a wonderful way to bring beauty to those who have been through disaster. We are delighted to have this opportunity.”

Marcucci daughtersThis free one-night concert event will start at 7:00 p.m. The Ocean City Tabernacle is located at: 500 Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, New Jersey. For further details or to reserve tickets, contact Sean McGrellis from PIMF at (856) 875-6816. Guests will also be welcome at the door.

About the Philadelphia International Music Festival:

The Philadelphia International Music Festival began as a 40-student program founded in the home CEO Sandra Marcucci. It has grown in 15 years to include three camp programs in two states and two countries, with more than 300 young musicians attending programs over annually. This year, we hope to mark the festival program’s largest attendance count. PIMF is a series of music programs offering students of all ages and skill levels in the U.S. and abroad the unique opportunity of spending 14-days immersed in classical music education and performance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The summer music program includes full symphonic repertoire and is conducted on the exquisite, estate-like grounds of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.


Ocean City Restoration Concert

Ocean City Tabernacle Event!

by Emily KreifelsOcean City has been one of New Jersey’s top summer vacation spots for years. Since the end of October, residents and volunteers from throughout the country have been hard at work to rebuild their beloved home and get the town ready for vacation season 2013. Businesses, homes, and beaches a like, were torn apart and ravaged when Sandy made her way through our coast. Ocean City’s South end was among the hardest hit on October 29th. Stewart Farrell, founder and director of the Coastal Research Center at Richard Stockton College, and staff have estimated that as much as 600,000 cubic yards of sand may be needed to replenish the south-end beaches due to the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. The town was left with crumbling bridges and sections of boardwalks and washing away protective dunes and chunks of beachfront along New Jersey’s 127-mile coastline. Estimated costs to rebuild this once dream time are over $16 million.

by Emily KreifelsLooking For A Way You Can Help?

This Saturday, April 20th, the Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) will be hosting an event featuring Madison and Michal Marcucci, both PIMF alumni.  The Marcucci sisters will be performing a one-night only classical music concert to help raise money for Ocean City’s rebuilding efforts. This evening of beautiful music, to bring tourism and beauty back to the shore will begin at 7pm. Madison is a graduate of the Juilliard School, while Michal student with the Baptist Regional School in Haddon Heights. The Marcucci sisters have spent almost every summer of their lives at the Jersey Shore. They will be performing pieces from Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach, and Vivaldi at Ocean City Tabernacle.

To reserve your ticket for this event, please call us at (856) 875-6816 or contact Sean McGrellis for more information!

Marcucci’s Making Their Mark

Super Storm Sandy

Superstorm SandyJust this past October, Hurricane Sandy, the second costliest hurricane in America’s history made it way up our coastal shoreline. Early estimates assessed damage at nearly $75 billion, Hurricane Katrina being the only storm to surpass it. At least 285 known people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries it hit. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Damage to businesses in New Jersey alone totaled to $30 billion.

For those fortunate enough to not have been affected, you many not know that more than two million homes throughout the Garden State were without power due to the super storm. Close to 346,000 homes ranged from slightly damaged to completely destroyed; sadly, 37 people lost their lives. New Jersey was left in such disrepair that Governor Christie postponed Halloween until November 5th. The price to fix New Jersey totaled to over $36 billion.

Roger, Red Cross, and Relief

Hurricane Sandy aftermathOn March 12, 2012, Madison Square Garden hosted a 6 hour-long benefit concert to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy in October.  Performers like Bruce Springsteen, Billie Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, and many more gathered together and successfully raised over $30 million dollars for Sandy relief efforts. Time Warner Cable donated $500,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and $50,000 each to the Red Cross of Northeastern New York and the Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. FEMA reported on November 4, $31 million in federal aid was approved for residents of New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Christie has assured New Jersey residents and tourists alike that the Jersey Shore will be open for business by this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, but the truth is without tourism, the money to rebuild may not be available.

PIMF Does Their Part

Marcucci sistersSandy Marcucci, founder of the Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) is delighted to announce a one-night performance at Ocean City Tabernacle in Ocean City, New Jersey on April 20th to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Her daughters, PIMF alum, Madison Marcucci and Michal Marcucci, both born and raised in New Jersey, the girls have happy memories of their childhood summers being spent at the Jersey Shore and jumped at the opportunity to give back to a community that played such a major role in their upbringing.

Please come out and join the Marcucci’s and other members of the Philadelphia International Musical Festival on Saturday, April 20th at 7pm for a night of classical music to help bring beauty back to our beaches.

For more updates from the Philadelphia International Music Festival, visit our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter. You can also stay updated on the latest from Ocean City Tabernacle by visiting their website.

Who’s Nannerl?

Mozarts Sister, PIMFWhen the word composer comes to mind, many people often jump to thinking about men such as Mozart, Handel, or Bach. It is rare that a woman’s name comes to mind even among classical musicians. The unfortunate truth is that up until somewhat recently, there were very limited opportunities for women in the arts especially in music and more specifically composition.

One particular instance to examine would be that of Wolfgang Mozart’s older sister, Maria Anna or Nannerl as she was often called. At seven years old she was taught by her father to play the harpsichord. Shortly after, both Wolgang and Nannerl toured throughout Europe with their father. From 1769 onwards however, Nannerl was no longer permitted to show her artistic talents while traveling with her brother. She was no longer able to be a cute little girl on stage; she had reached an appropriate marriageable age.

Nannerl at Phila Music Fest

There is evidence that Nannerl wrote musical compositions, letters from Wolfgang praising her work have survived throughout history, but in the extensive correspondence from her father, the compositions are never mentioned, and sadly none of her work has surfaced. She passed away at the age of 78, while her high stressed child prodigy brother passed away at the young age of 35.

Times have now changed; women are encouraged to join the arts community. With March being Women’s History Month, we want to encourage young men and women alike across the globe to join us this summer at the Philadelphia International Music Festival. We offer the opportunity of spending 14 days immersed in classical music education and performance with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Please visit for more details.