Residencies give PMP students the opportunity to travel to a new place, meet and reconnect with friends, and participate in rehearsals, coachings and performances with their mentors. In 1999, Toby and Itzhak Perlman brought PMP students to Israel for PMP’s first international residency.  Since then, PMP has returned to Israel nine times, performed in Shanghai, China, and Stowe, Vermont, and established an annual residency in Sarasota, Florida.

DECEMBER 19, 2019 - JANUARY 4, 2020

Hosted by the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, with leadership support from the Perlman Music Program Suncoast, the Winter Residency has been a perfect wintertime home away from home for PMP since 2003. Invited from the Summer Music School, students and faculty love returning each year for rehearsals, Works in Progress concerts and performances in a warm and friendly atmosphere guided by Toby and Itzhak Perlman.

Visit the The Perlman Music Program/Sarasota, Inc. website for schedules and concert ticket information.


In 1999, Toby and Itzhak Perlman brought PMP students to Israel for PMP’s first international residency. Since then, PMP has returned to Israel nine times with its incredible faculty and alumni, and is planning a tenth visit with a full residency in April 2020.

PMP's most recent trip to Israel took place in April 2019, and brought PMP Israeli students together with PMP alumni and chamber music director Merry Peckham at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. PMP alumni Molly Carr, SuJin Lee, Rachel Lee Priday, Michelle Ross, and Max Tan played side-by-side with alumni of past PMP residencies in Israel, guided by Itzhak Perlman and Merry Peckham. A public concert took place on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM, at the Israel Conservatory of Music. 

In 2014, PMP began a partnership with The Lin and Ted Arison Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv, which has hosted three full residencies with a combined group of international and Israeli students as well as three shorter "mini"-residencies focusing on chamber music with Israeli students.

The first full residency in Tel Aviv in April 2014 welcomed recent "Littles" from Shelter Island and talented Israeli students to study with the stellar PMP faculty for two and a half weeks, encompassing private lessons, chamber music, chorus and orchestra, as well as trips and group activities. Students, along with fellows, were housed at the Bnei Dan Youth Hostel. Visits to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Old Jaffa, and other historic sites were highlights of the trip.

In May 2015, PMP returned to the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv to engage 15 alumni of the 2014 Israel Residency. Activities included orchestra and studio classes with Itzhak Perlman, chamber music coached by Merry Peckham with PMP alumni Sean Lee, Molly Carr and Areta Zhulla serving as “player-coaches”, and private lessons and studio classes with Merry Peckham, Molly Carr and Sean Lee. A group of 12 11-15 year-old string players joined the 2015 residency participants to perform one movement of the Bach Double Concerto conducted by Itzhak Perlman.

The second full residency in 2016 brought together a new group of PMP Littles and Israeli students, with support from the incredible PMP faculty. Read the 2016 Israel Residency story, and see photos from the residency here!

Toby and Itzhak Perlman and PMP faculty and alumni returned in March 2017 for intensive study of solo and chamber music repertoire with alumni of the 2016 Israel residency. Public events included open master classes with Itzhak Perlman, Carol Rodland and Clara Kim, as well as chamber music masterclasses with Itzhak Perlman and PMP students. 

The third Israel Residency welcomed the PMP faculty and international students back to Tel Aviv in March/April 2018. Maintaining the core curriculum of the 2014 and 2016 residencies, the 2018 program additionally included community engagement with young musicians in Tel Aviv, an Arab-Israeli orchestra, and a Gala performance with the young musicians in the 2018 Perlman-Genesis Strings Program. Cultural highlights included visits to the Masada and Dead Sea, the Gardens of Gesthemane in Jerusalem, and the beautiful beaches of Tel Aviv. 


In its four years of existence, the Fall Residency brought a new dimension to PMP. Alumni and faculty enjoyed four days of chorus, orchestra, and chamber music study, in preparation for a Celebration Concert in the beautiful Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

How do I attend a PMP travel residency?

PMP does not accept applications for the Sarasota residency; students who attend Sarasota have already attended one of our Shelter Island programs. Please contact for more information. 

The Perlman Music Program's Israel Residency is open to young Israeli musicians by application, run biannually. Information about the 2020 application will be available soon. Please send any questions to 

How old do I have to be to attend the Israel Residency, and what instruments do you accept?

We accept students of the violin, viola, cello and bass age 12 to 19 as of the first day of the program. Please note that students who play multiple instruments are required to choose a focus of study before applying.

How do I apply to the next Israel Residency, and what is the deadline?

For the 2020 residency: applicants will be required to complete a brief questionnaire and submit up to four video* samples of their playing through an online form. The admissions office suggests several samples that demonstrate a variety of styles and skills, decided in consultation with the applicant’s teacher. The repertoire is open-ended for violists, cellists, and bassists. Violinists are asked not to submit performances of Bach E Major Partita and Shostakovich Concerto. Piano or orchestral accompaniment is required for all concerto submissions. Audio is not acceptable.

The application is currently closed. Please send any questions to

*Video submissions for future programs will be made via WEBLINK to Unlisted YouTube or Vimeo files. Please prepare accordingly. 


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