If your child loves expressing his creativity through the arts, then these summer arts camps in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania are a perfect way to nurture those talents. These summer camps for kids will bring music, dance and theatre to life in new and exciting ways. Each camp offers a variety of activities, dates, times and age ranges to fit the needs of your child. And if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for here, go to my profile to read Part 1 of this guide, filled with even more summer arts camps for kids including visual arts right here in the Lehigh Valley.
FEST CAMP from The Lesson Center
This unique summer arts camp in the Lehigh Valley allows students ages 9 to 18 to bring the dream of being a rock star to life. The students work together with their teachers to form 4 different bands ; each band will get to perform 2 songs on stage at Musikfest for a camp recital. Each day will include vocal instructions, warm-ups, guest speakers and one-on-one instruction with The Lesson Center’s staff of musician teachers. Space is limited, and students must meet specific prerequisites or have a recommendation from their teacher to attend. This unique music summer camp meets at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. My kids and I saw the concert last year at Musikfest, and it was so much fun to watch. The kids did a great job, sang fun songs and were really talented. For kids who are serious about music, this camp is a must.
Dates: July 26-29 &August 2-5; 10am-1pm
Fees: $275 per person, $225 for current Lesson Center students
The Lesson Center
6 E. Broad St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
FEST CAMP meets at:
The Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts
675 E. Broad St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
MADCAP Music Camps
If your child enjoys playing his stringed instrument and wants to learn more, then MADCAP Music Camps are the perfect place. 2 different camps are being offered for 2010: Chamber Camp and MADCAP Harp. In Chamber Camp, violin, viola and cello students are given the opportunity to play in trios and quartets with their peers. Each group has its own professional coach and prepares music to play at the final concert at the end of the camp week. Abilities range from beginner to advanced, and students must be able “hold their own” when playing with peers. MADCAP Harp is brand new this year and will teach students the basics of playing the harp as well as other aspects of the musical world. This camp is open to anyone 10 and over, even adults, but space is limited to 12 people, so register early. The only requirement is that students have basic music reading skills (bass and treble clefs).
Dates: June 28-July 2, 2010; 9am to 12 noon
Ages: Chamber Camp, ages 10-17; Harp Camp, ages 10 and over
Fees: $235 per student; $220 per student for siblings or parent/child pairs (Harp Rental is an extra $50)
MADCAP Music Camps meet at
Christ Lutheran Church
Corner of 13th and Hamilton Streets
Pennsylvania Playhouse Young Actors Studio
This 2-week summer arts camp for kids in the Lehigh Valley teaches kids skills in acting, singing and dance in a fun and non-competitive environment. Kids are divided into three groups by age to practice their skills, and each group performs in a recital at the end of camp to share what they’ve learned. Two different dates are offered, and the content is the same for both camps to allow for flexibility with your schedule. For kids who love to perform, this summer arts camp is the perfect way to encourage their talents.
Dates: June 21-July 3 & August 2-14, 2010; 9am-3pm
The Pennsylvania Playhouse
390 Illicks Mill Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Pennsylvania Youth Theatre Summer Camps
The Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT) is a nonprofit organization that educates and enriches young people’s lives through the art of theatre. PYT offers a wide variety of summer courses for many ages in acting, singing and dancing. Children as young as 3 ½ can participate in Storybook Theatre, learning how to act out and sing some favorite stories. Other classes include bringing stories to life through drama, song and visual arts, learning theatre techniques from around the world, comedy & clowning training, Broadway musical theatre, dance, vocal training and even a 2-week camp in which kids practice and perform a musical. Each camp is taught by qualified instructors and helps kids gain advanced skills in the theatrical arts while having fun.
Dates: June14th-August 21st, 2010; dates and times vary depending on the specific program
Ages: 3 ½ – 18; ages vary depending on the specific program
Fees: $160-$525; Additional $25 registration fee per program, 5 % sibling discount
Pennsylvania Youth Theatre
Located in the Banana Factory
25 W. Third St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
For more Summer Arts Camps in the Lehigh Valley, read Part 1 of my guide, found on my profile here.