Welcome to the State Street Academy of Music
Music, Children, Community: Put simply, that is what the State Street Academy of Music is and has always been about.
SSA offers private lessons in piano, voice, stringed instruments, woodwinds, guitar and percussion, as well as three levels of string ensemble. Individual lessons allow our students to progress quickly and can enhance their ensemble experience in school music programs. Our ensembles give our strings students the opportunity to learn alongside their peers.
SSA, located at the St. Lawrence Chapel, 110 State Street, Harrisburg, is a classical music academy for everyone — Harrisburg’s first, opened in 2005. Our mission is to provide high-quality music instruction and activities to the broadest constituency in Harrisburg and the surrounding areas, regardless of age, gender, race, color, creed, national origin or ability to pay.
SSA, while housed in a historic religious structure, is open to students in grades 1 through 12, as well as adults. We welcome students of all beliefs and backgrounds from public and private schools, as well as those being home schooled and cyber schooled.
SSA offers ample scholarship funds awarded by need so that all musically talented children in the greater Harrisburg area have equal access to the kind of tutoring and musical nurturing that only a true music academy can provide.
SSA instructors are professional musicians and music educators, specialists who provide high-quality instruction that encourages students in the development of their musical talents. Instructors’ credentials include Westminster Choir College, Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, Messiah College, Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Kutztown University and Lebanon Valley College, as well as their individual voice and instrument studies and performance experience.
SSA brings together the art of music and its appreciation and mastery through the emerging talents of our young people to help make ours an ever-more vibrant, diverse and culturally aware community.
SSA is a resource for school music teachers and directors in the community. It is a place where they can send promising students to enrich their musical experience while enabling the students to contribute even more to their school programs.
SSA offers a week-long Classical Kids Camp each July that is open to children in grades 3 through 8.
SSA music events include student recitals, given twice a year in the St. Lawrence Chapel. The Honors Recital, an auditioned student recital, is given in June.
The SSA semester calendar
• The fall semester begins in early September and runs through mid-December.
• The spring semester begins in early January and runs through mid-May.
• The summer semester begins in early June and runs through late August.
The State Street Academy of Music is a registered 501(c)(3) organization with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.