The Daily Routine
Students will start each day with Composition Workshop, which will be led by one of our primary composition faculty members. Students will learn traditional (and non-traditional) methods of composition, write counterpoint exercises, participate in group compositions and improvisations, etc. Students will also have Theory, Chorale, and individual composition time daily, in addition to one private composition lesson each week.
The list of classes & sample schedule below are from 2018 - slight changes may be made for 2019.
8:45–9:00 - Students arrive at Presser Hall
9:00–9:50 - Composition Workshop
10:00–10:30 - Theory & Ear-Training
10:40–11:20 - Chorale
11:20–11:40 - Snack/Break
11:40–12:30 - Writing for Brass Instruments
12:30–1:30 - Lunch
1:30–2:20 - History of Electronic Music
2:20–3:00 - Individual Composition Time
3:00–3:30 - Private Composition Lesson
3:30 - Dismissal
Composition Workshop (daily)
Private Composition Lessons (once a week)
Writing for String Instruments
Writing for Brass Instruments
Writing for Wind Instruments
Writing for Percussion
Writing for Voice and Setting Text
Electronic Music Composition
History of Electronic Music
Jazz Composition and Improvisation
College Prep and Concert Organization
Orchestration (one session per instrument family)
Engraving and Notation
General tuition for 2019 is $700. This covers daily lunch & snacks, all coursework materials, a t-shirt, transportation to/from Princeton for SōSI, and the cost of a high-quality recording at the final concert. Tuition does NOT include the cost of housing and/or additional meal plans for resident students, which averages $700–900 in total.
We will provide several partial ($350) and full scholarships in 2019 based on financial need. Students who wish to apply for financial aid scholarships will be asked to fill out an additional application.
The Boyer College of Music and Dance is split between two buildings: Presser Hall (where the majority of the camp will take place) and Rock Hall (where the final performance will be). Both buildings are located on the main campus. Students will have access to over 60 practice rooms with pianos, two music technology labs, the Presser Listening Library, and several classrooms with Steinway grand pianos. Students will also receive a tour of the state of the art Boyer Recording Studio, located on the third floor of Presser Hall.
Security guards are stationed 24-7 at the entrance to every university building. Students will be provided with an ID card at the start of the festival that they will show to the guard in order to enter the building. Any parent or guardian who wishes to enter the building for any reason will need to sign in at the desk or wait in the lobby.
The Temple University Police Station is located two blocks from Presser Hall at 11th and Montgomery. Students who stay in the area after camp hours may request a police escort by dialing 215-777-9255 between the hours of 4pm and 6am. For more information, visit the Campus Safety Services website.
Daily lunch will be provided at the Johnson and Hardwick Dining Hall, located at 2029 N. Broad street. Students will be able to choose from a variety of food options, including a pasta bar, various made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, and more. Students with dietary restrictions will be accommodated.
Temple campus hosts several food vendors that are open through the summer, including several nearby food trucks, Master Wok, Subway, 7-11, Saxby's Coffee, and Maxi's Pizza. Students will eat lunch every day as a group in the dining hall, but are welcome to explore these other food options after camp is over at 3:30. There is also a PNC bank on campus.
By car: take the Girard street exit on Interstate 95. Continue straight for a mile or so until you get to Broad street. Make a right - you will see Morgan Hall a few blocks up on your right with the big Temple "T". Make a right on Montgomery street, then a left on 13th - Presser Hall is on the northwest corner of 13th and Norris, connected to the Tyler School of Art. There is ample street parking on Diamond and further east on Norris, or you can park in the Diamond street lot at the corner of Diamond and 12th ($15 per day).
By train: any SEPTA train going to or through Center City will stop at the Temple University train station. Once you arrive at the station, exit on the Berks street side. Walk west past 10th street towards campus. Make a right on 12th street, and then a left on Norris street. Presser Hall is on your right, connected to the Tyler School of Art.
By subway: take the Broad Street Line to the Cecil B. Moore stop. Exit on the left side towards Montgomery street and continue walking down Broad towards Montgomery. Make a right on Norris after a few blocks, and Presser Hall will be on your right between 13th and 12th streets.