Chamber Music WorkshopHow to Apply
An unparalleled opportunity for focused study and performance of chamber music masterpieces
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. In just a decade, 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, Kim Kashkashian, Joel Krosnick, Merry Peckham, Itzhak Perlman, Patrick Romano, Joel Smirnoff, Roger Tapping, Don Weilerstein and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.
For an up-to-date listing of all Program events, please visit our Calendar of Events.
Young artists join their mentors for a special weekend of collaborative chamber music and chorus concerts presented at beautiful venues in the Hamptons. Each concert is followed by a festive reception. Past venues have included Jewish Center of the Hamptons, 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 week 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 two weeks of intensive coaching and study, student ensembles perform their repertoire at public concerts at the Clark Arts Center.
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 2018 Chamber Music Workshop will be available on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and will be due on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Admissions decisions will be announced by mid-March 2018.
Please note that repertoire requirements have changed:
All individual applicants are required to complete a short questionnaire about their personal and musical history, and submit up to 5 video samples of their playing (audio not acceptable). 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. New for the 2018 program admissions, individual applicants must also submit an excerpt recording as follows:
VIOLINISTS: Measures 1 – 9/downbeat and measures 22 – 30 of Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Opus 59, No. 1, movement II
VIOLISTS: Including the eighth-note upbeats, measures 1 – 8 and measures 17-24 of Brahms Sextet in B-flat Major, Opus 18, movement II
CELLISTS: Measures 11 – 18 and measures 31- 42 of Dvorak String Quartet in F Major, Opus 96, “American”, movement II
PIANISTS: Including the 3rd and 4th beat pick-ups, measures 1 – 9/downbeat and 17 – 25/downbeat of Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D Minor, Opus 49, movement II.
Pre-formed 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.
All applicants are encouraged to submit early to avoid slow upload speeds at the deadline. Links to external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and mailed DVDs or USB keys will not be accepted.
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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 classified as “Fellows” and awarded full tuition scholarships. Each Fellow will be 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?
LAST UPDATED AT 3:00 PM EST ON 9/29/2017.
Upon admittance, the Intent to Enroll Form and your non-refundable deposit of $250* is due on March 20, 2017.
The check should be sent to:
The Perlman Music Program
19 West 69 Street, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10023
* Payments can be submitted online here on our secure website or by check. Checks should be made out to The Perlman Music Program in US Dollars and sent to The Perlman Music Program attn: Anna Kaplan, 19 West 69th Street, Suite 1101, New York, NY, 10023. Online payments incur an additional 3% processing fee.
The remaining payment of $250* is due on April 1, 2017.
The following forms must be submitted by May 1, 2017:
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: Tuesday, May 30
Departure: Sunday, June 18
Students may not arrive earlier than 9:00 AM on Tuesday, May 30. Food service begins on the evening of May 30. All accepted participants MUST arrive no later than 5:00 PM on May 30, and shall not be departing until June 18 (those flying should make flight reservations on June 18 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.
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