Founded in 1994, The Perlman Music Program has become a life-long mentorship program for over 400 students and alumni who count PMP as a second family and a special part of their lives.

Throughout the year, students and alumni are offered concerts, instruction and guidance by Toby and Itzhak Perlman, the stellar PMP faculty, and each other.  

Click through the next pages to learn more about the PMP Community, Concerts, and Mentorship. Click here for details about the 2017 retreat participants! PMP alumni are encouraged to stay connected with us.  

Under the guidance of Toby Perlman and faculty, students and alumni enjoy performance opportunities throughout the year.

In 2012, PMP inaugurated an off-season concert series at the beautiful Clark Arts Center on its Shelter Island campus. Alumni – now professional musicians – return to their Shelter Island roots and present world-class concerts, and current students play at the off-season Works in Progress concerts for the East End community.

For over ten years, PMP’s fall and spring recital series at the Neue Galerie New York has given students and alumni the chance to refine their repertoire for a welcoming audience of PMP supporters.

PMP alumni play chamber music concerts with Itzhak Perlman at prestigious venues around the world. Recent appearances include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The Kennedy Center in Washington, Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, and The Biologica Festival in Mexico. 

PMP students and alumni get together and share their infectious love of music as often as possible!

Sunday Salons at the Perlmans’ NYC home offer sightreading sessions, companionship and a family dinner several times a year.

PMP’s annual Alumni Reunion Weekend invites graduates to gather for a weekend of companionship, activities, and chamber music readings.

Adopt-a-Little is a program that pairs PMP students applying to colleges across the county with PMP alumni at those colleges to provide guidance and support. Littles can connect with their alumni mentor with questions about college admissions, programs, and life on campus.

The PMP community grows stronger every year with a lasting network of relationships around the world. 

Students and alumni receive guidance throughout their lives from Toby and Itzhak Perlman, faculty, and each other. At PMP, you’re more than just a student – you’re a member of the family for life. As Mr. Perlman says, “we’re here to make the students better people and to change their lives, and that’s what we do.”

Several recent graduates founded the Alumni Support Group (ASG). Alumni are invited to regular meetings at the Perlmans’ New York City home to support each other through the transition to professional musicianship and to perform together and for each other for feedback and support.  

Staying in touch is easy! If you’ve moved or updated your contact info recently, please fill out our alumni survey here or email us at

October 11 - 16, 2017

During the 2017 retreat, sixteen PMP alumni returned to Shelter Island to study chamber music with Merry Peckham and Itzhak Perlman and develop essential skills of community engagement. On Sunday, October 15, the alumni performed a concert at the Clark Arts Center of chamber music. The alumni also performed and taught in local East End schools and music programs on Monday, October 16. 

Sunday, October 15 at 4:30 PM
Chamber Music with PMP Alumni

Monday, October 16 (Throughout the day)
Appearances at Oysterponds Elementary, Peconic Community School, Shelter Island School, Southampton Strings Festival, Southold Elementary School, and more

Meet the 2017 Retreat alumni here, and View photos from the 2016 school events here!

Alice Ivy-Pemberton and Jeremiah Blacklow, violins
Jasper Snow, viola
Connor Kim, cello

Alice, Jeremiah, Jasper, and Connor performed works by Haydn and Schubert, and taught at Southold Elementary and Oysterponds Elementary Schools.


Magdalena Filipczak and Yuri Namkung, violins
Cong Wu, viola
Jia Kim, cello

Magdalena, Yuri, Cong and Jia performed works by Haydn and Beethoven, and taught at Shelter Island School and the Southampton Strings Festival.


James Thompson and Ruben Rengel, violins
DJ Cheek, viola
SuJin Lee, cello

James, Ruben, DJ, and SuJin performed works by Haydn and Shostakovich, and taught at Oysterponds Elementary School and Shelter Island School.


Amelia Dietrich and Brandon Garbot, violins
Bethany Hargreaves, viola
Denise Ro, cello

Amelia, Brandon, Bethany, and Denise performed works by Haydn and Mendelssohn, and taught at Southold Elementary School and Peconic Community School.


The Perlman Music Program sends special thanks to Merry Peckham, Nico Olarte-Hayes, Lin Bogden at Oysterponds Elementary School, Liz Casey at Peconic Community School, Jessica Bosak at Shelter Island School, Jessica Tortorice at Southampton Strings Festival, and Audrey Grathwohl at Southold Elementary School for making the October 16 events possible.