Premier Orchestral Institute and Summer Music Festival

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Premier Orchestral Institute and Summer Music Festival

New for 2024! A two-week POI experience.
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The impacts extend beyond music and last a lifetime.

MSO’s highly esteemed string orchestra camp brings together talented individuals from around the world, including faculty and students from Mississippi. POI creates an engaging and enriching week-long summer string camp experience that fosters artistic growth, cultural appreciation, and offers a transformative journey that extends beyond music.

International Composers Competition

The POI International Composition Competition (started in 2023) provides an opportunity for composers of all nationalities to premiere their compositions and encourages composers to include folk music elements in their compositions to preserve cultural heritage. The competition by design provides a wider music range of music for the institute faculty and advanced students orchestra (Master Camerata), during the Premier Orchestral Institute summer Music Festival.

Educating the “next generation of musicians” through 4 orchestra experiences.

This immersive string instrument summer music experience with four orchestras, kicks off in Jackson at Millsaps College and continues in Hattiesburg at the University of Southern Mississippi. Middle school, high school and college age musicians are invited to learn from world-class faculty from around the globe.

Young Haydns is like a musical treasure chest for beginner students! It’s where they discover all the cool tools to inspire their musical journey.

Da Capo Strings Orchestra is perfect for students who are transitioning from the beginner level to the next, having a more in depth orchestra training, keep improving their instrument technique, all while enjoying a fun and rewarding experience!

Virtuosi is an ensemble for middle school and high school age participants. Students engage in daily lessons and rehearsals, benefit from sectional rehearsals and master classes led by POI Faculty, and showcase their talents at the closing concert of POI, all while enjoying a fun and enriching experience!

The Master Camerata orchestra is the pinnacle ensemble at POI, featuring our faculty members and pre-college/college-level students. Participants of all ages (with no age limit) are welcome. Within the string section, students have the great opportunity to learn in real-time by collaborating closely with their professors and other seasoned musicians during rehearsals and performances. This professional atmosphere provides invaluable preparation for aspiring musicians.