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 five times, performed in Shanghai, and established annual residencies in Florida and Vermont.

DECEMBER 20, 2018 - JANUARY 5, 2019

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.


MARCH 25 - APRIL 9, 2018

PMP will join forces with The Lin and Ted Arison Israel Conservatory of Music again in 2018, and travel to Tel Aviv with its stellar faculty to work with a combined group of international and Israeli students. The two-and-a-half-week residency will take place at the Conservatory and will include private lessons, chamber music, chorus and orchestra, as well as trips and group activities. Students, along with fellows, will be housed at the Bnei Dan Youth Hostel.

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In 1999, Toby and Itzhak Perlman brought PMP students to Israel for PMP’s first international residency. Since then, PMP has returned to Israel five times.

Read the 2016 Israel Residency story, and see photos from the residency here!

Held at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv, the 2016 Israel Residency strengthened the cultural, artistic and personal bonds between exceptionally gifted Perlman Music Program and Israeli string musicians, ages 12-22, through immersive study, collaboration and performance of classical masterworks. Designed to further serve our goal of helping young, talented musicians reach their full potential, the residency connected them with their international peers and world-class faculty in an exciting and meaningful cultural exchange. 

The 2016 Israel Residency was made possible in part ​by the generosity of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.


March 2017

Most recently, Toby and Itzhak Perlman and PMP faculty and alumni returned to the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv 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. 

May 19 - 26, 2015

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 and John Root, 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.

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. 

For questions about admissions in Israel, please contact the Israel Conservatory at

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, which will be March 25 for the 2018 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 2018 Israel Residency, and what is the deadline?

Applicants are required to complete a brief questionnaire and submit up to four video samples of their playing through an online portal. 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 2018 Israel Residency application is now closed. Please send any questions to


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