Led by esteemed cellist and teacher Merry Peckham, PMP’s Chamber Music Workshop (CMW) continues to grow into one of the country’s most prestigious summer chamber music programs.  The workshop invites young artists ages 18 and up to devote two and a half weeks to studying masterworks of the chamber repertoire. Intensive rehearsals and coachings, absorbing master classes, late night sight-reading sessions and a marathon final concert weekend are all much-loved hallmarks of the workshop. Since 2003, the Chamber Music Workshop has truly become a cherished part of the East End’s cultural life. 


The CMW is led by an all-star roster of artist-faculty: Kirsten Docter, Joseph Kalichstein, Joel KrosnickMerry Peckham, Director, Itzhak Perlman, Patrick Romano, Peter Salaff, Roger Tapping, Don Weilerstein, Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein, and Areta Zhulla.

Learn more about applying to the Chamber Music Workshop here. For an up-to-date listing of all Program events, please visit our Calendar of Events

TUTTI SUONARE ("Everyone Plays")

On Tutti Suonare weekend, the CMW young artist participants join their mentors for a special weekend of collaborative chamber music and chorus concerts presented at beautiful venues on the East End. Each concert is followed by a festive reception. Past venues have included PMP's own Clark Arts Center on Shelter Island, Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton, Old Whaler's Church of Sag Harbor, and the Southampton Cultural Center


All young artist participants attend the CMW master classes, which take place on weeknights during the second and third weeks of the program. Each ensemble has a chance to perform for a PMP artist-faculty member and develop their skills before a supportive audience.

After three weeks of intensive coaching and study, student ensembles perform their repertoire at public Celebration Concerts at the Clark Arts Center. 

[Photo Credit to I-Jung Huang, 2018 CMW Participant] 

How old do I have to be to apply? What instruments and ensembles do you accept?

We accept students of the violin, viola, cello and piano ages 18 and older. Students who play multiple instruments are required to choose a focus of study. Pre-formed chamber ensembles of three or more players are encouraged to apply. 

How do I apply for the Workshop? How can my pre-formed ensemble apply?

The application for the 2019 program is accessible at pmpcmw.fluidreview.com. The FINAL deadline is Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

Click here for the 2019 Chamber Music Workshop Admissions Flyer.

Please note that repertoire requirements have changed*:

INDIVIDUAL applicants are required to complete a short questionnaire about their personal and musical history, and submit up to 4 video samples** of their playing (audio not acceptable) AND an excerpt recording detailed below via an online form. All individual applicants must include at least one movement of a chamber music work and one movement of a solo piece, preferably the first movement of a concerto. For the chamber work requirement, a video of the applicant performing as part of a chamber ensemble of three or more players is preferred, however, a video of one movement of a sonata or duo is acceptable. Individual applicants must also submit an excerpt video recording (of your part alone, not with a group) as follows:

VIOLIN: Measures 1 – 29 of Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Opus 60, mvt IV

VIOLA: Measures 4 – 23 of Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, mvt II

CELLO: Measures 6 – 21 of Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127, mvt II

PIANO: Measures 1 – 8 and 16 – 24 of Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D Minor, Opus 49, mvt II

*please note these requirements may vary year to year, and cannot be guaranteed for subsequent admissions cycles. 

**IF you have applied to the CMW before, please do not submit videos from previous auditions/applications.

ENSEMBLE applicants (groups of three or more players, with emphasis on piano trios and string quartets) should designate one member of the group to act as primary contact, and complete the questionnaire using their personal information. Upon acceptance to the program, the remaining members will submit their information. For the video requirement, preformed ensembles are asked to include two complete works of contrasting styles.

Ensembles whose members also wish to apply for individual consideration will need to appoint one member of the group to complete the group application and title it with the ensemble name, and have the other members submit their own individual applications. For example, a string quartet whose members would like to be considered as individuals will submit a total of four applications. When prompted in the application form, please be sure to indicate on all of the applications the group name and that you are an individual applying also as a part of a group.

Please send any questions to info@perlmanmusicprogram.org.

Is there an application fee?

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $95 to submit by the official deadline of 2/5/2019 (discounted to $75 to submit early, by 1/4/2019). 

How good does the video quality have to be for the submissions? And can I send you audio clips, too?

You will not be penalized for the quality of your video, although it is important that it is good enough to see and hear you clearly. We do not accept audio. 

What else should I keep in mind while making my video?

All concerto performances must be accompanied by piano or orchestra.

What is the level of performance?

The level is very high. Students perform alongside seasoned professionals, including Director and esteemed cellist Merry Peckham and renowned violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. While we wish we could take everyone who is qualified, many talented students who would do well at PMP are not offered a spot because we believe that the secret to our success is the small size of the program.

What is the cost to attend?

All Chamber Music Workshop students will be awarded full tuition scholarships. Each student is expected to pay a partial Room and Board fee of $500.

When will we receive our repertoire assignments? May pre-formed ensembles decide their own repertoire?

Director Merry Peckham will email your repertoire assignments by mid-May, and will consult directly with accepted ensembles to determine the best work for you. 

When should I arrive, and how long is the Workshop? Can I leave for professional or personal reasons mid-workshop and come back?

You may not arrive late, early or during the workshop for any reason other than emergency. 

Where do we stay?

The 28-acre waterfront campus is located on Shelter Island, NY; see here for directions. Faculty, staff and students reside in a variety of modern buildings, dormitories, and rustic cabins. Parking is available on campus. Students are welcome to explore the area on foot and by bicycle.

Sorry, but we cannot accommodate any guests on campus for the duration of the workshop, during the day or overnight.

How is the food?

PMP’s food is the best! Our faculty, staff and students expect nothing less. Chef Tamar will take care of you – be sure to indicate any special needs or allergies on your health form before you come to camp!

I’m in a wheelchair. Can I come to camp?

Of course! PMP is ADA compliant and then some. All our stages and common spaces, and most rehearsal spaces, are accessible, and we have accessible, private living spaces on campus as well. For off-campus venues, we make custom adjustments to ensure the stage is accessible for all.

Upon acceptance, we'll discuss your specific situation to make sure we meet all your needs - from transport to your accommodations and more.  

How do I get to Shelter Island, and what kind of recreation is available there?

For directions, click here. For more information about hotels and local restaurants, look into the Visit Us! section.


LAST UPDATED AT 10:00 AM EST ON 2/6/2019.

Upon admittance, the Intent to Enroll Form and your non-refundable deposit of $250 is due on March 6, 2019.

Checks may be mailed to:
The Perlman Music Program
19 West 69 Street, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10023

Online payments are accepted here on our secure website. Online payments incur an additional 3% processing fee.

The remaining payment of $250 is due on April 1, 2019.

The following forms must be submitted by May 1, 2019:

Arrival and Departure Form (Due 5/1)

Health Form (Due 5/1)

Liability Waiver (Due 5/1)

(Admitted students will incur a late processing fee of US $50 if deadlines have passed)

Arrival: Saturday, May 25
Departure: Sunday, June 16

Students may not arrive earlier than 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 25. Food service begins on the evening of May 25. All accepted participants MUST arrive no later than 5:00 PM on May 25, and must depart on June 16 (those flying should make flight reservations on June 16 after 1:00 PM). The Chamber Music Workshop’s curriculum is an intense two-week musical learning experience and, therefore, dates for attendance are strictly enforced. No exceptions.

Click here for directions and travel suggestions to Shelter Island, New York.

Click here for a packing list.