Sulphur sisters Sarah and Sophie Medwick have been raising funds to attend the Philadelphia International Music Camp and Festival this summer.

PIMF will be held June 16-29 on the grounds of Bryn-Mawr in Bryn-Mawr, Pa. The camp  offers music students from around the world the chance to study all genres of music, from musical theater to classical chamber music, with renowned musicians. “Each program is tailored to the student’s musical needs and curiosities,” the girls’ mother Elizabeth Medwick said.

Sarah is a junior at Sulphur High, and Sophie is an eighth grader at LeBlanc Middle School in Sulphur. According to Elizabeth, both have been involved in music “almost every day of their young lives.”

Sarah is one of only 22 students worldwide selected to enter the camp’s most competitive program, the Solo Performance Preparation. “The camp as a whole is very competitive and the girls need help in order to experience this wonderful educational opportunity,” said Elizabeth.

“Music is expression that keeps expressing even when silence falls and the last note is played,” Sarah said of her passion in a poem she wrote. “Music never fails to emote what cannot be spoken. This is why I study music.”

But that study is not free,” said Elizabeth. “The program is very prestigious and well-respected, and is also quite expensive.”

The $7,600 total for both girls’ tuition is due May 24. The sisters have already raised some of the funds, but need a boost from the community.

Fees include on campus living. Elizabeth said any additional money raised will go toward private instrumental and vocal lessons, pop up classes, chamber music fees, personal instrument supplies and repairs, travel expenses to and from Philadelphia, and any miscellaneous expenses.

Musicmakers2U 501(c)(3) has set up a fund for the sisters. Those wishing to help can make a tax-deductible donation to The Medwicks Rock Philly by writing a check to  MusicMakers2u and write Medwick in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to MusicMakers2U, P.O. Box 7964, Lake Charles, LA, 70606.

Donors can also call Elizabeth Medwick at 504-975-5627 or visit their GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-medwick-sisters-to-pimf.