Our 27th season of workshops
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2014 Schedule
Play Week East Kutztown, Pennsylvania June 15-22
Play Week West Denver, Colorado June 29-July 6
Play Week Virginia Lexington, Virginia July 20-27
     

A week of joyous music-making

Princeton Chamber Music Play Week provides adult musicians the opportunity to expand their musical horizons through a week of concentrated ensemble playing and outstanding coaching from our faculty. While our participants come from all walks of life and many locales, they all have in common a deep love of chamber music. Many return year after year to refine their skills, learn new repertoire, collaborate with others, greet old friends and make new ones. “Princeton” in our name comes from the early days of the workshop when our one venue was in the vicinity of Princeton, New Jersey.

We limit the size of the program to ensure personal attention. Players with moderate to excellent abilities are welcome, and either individuals or pre-formed groups may apply. Acceptance is based on instrumentation needs and the date of application. While our program is primarily for string players, we can occasionally accept a few good wind players and pianists. Pre-formed groups may attend for part of a week, space permitting; tuition will be adjusted accordingly.

Schedule

The heart of our program is the schedule of twice-daily ensemble sessions, which are each coached for half of their duration. Players are assigned to three ensembles for the week. The first one meets in the mornings for all six days, in order to focus on one piece of music in depth for an extended period. The second ensemble will be together for the first three afternoons, and the third one meets for the last three afternoons. These two afternoon groups offer the opportunity to cover more repertoire and to play with a greater number of people. By week’s end, you will have had a total of twelve coachings. Assignments for morning groups and for the first of the afternoon groups are made three weeks prior to the start of the workshop in order to give players time to prepare. The second of the afternoon groups will be formed in consultation with the faculty during the week. Late afternoons and evenings offer time for practice, “pick-up” groups, the readings of string literature in larger ensembles, special sessions offered by the faculty such as an open rehearsal, and relaxed socializing.

Groups and Repertoire

We make every effort to match players of similar ability and to assign appropriate repertoire based on the information provided via self-evaluation forms. This repertoire ranges from the classical through the romantic and contemporary, accommodating special requests whenever possible. Participants have the opportunity to share their work with colleagues in performance three times during the week, with the main recital taking place on the last evening of the workshop.

Faculty

Play Week boasts a first-class faculty of consummate chamber players. Collectively, they have studied with great masters, played with celebrated ensembles on several continents, and won many prizes and accolades.

As teachers, they are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and insights in a constructive and supportive manner to help you to achieve your musical goals. You will hear them collaborate in the faculty concert during the latter part of the week, and a private lesson or two can be arranged if you wish.

Contact Information

924 Riverside Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08618
Phone: 888-255-6322
Email: playweek@playweek.net
David Bakamjian, Director
Jerry Bank and Mary Ann Thomas, Assistant Directors

Summer String-In, West Long Branch, New Jersey
August 3 - 8 (Sunday to Friday)

For a program that combines chamber music and some larger ensembles, you may be interested in the Summer String-In at the beautiful campus of Monmouth University, one mile from the Jersey shore. The Simon String Quartet is the resident ensemble and David Bakamjian is the director. Chamber groups meet in the morning and larger ensembles in the afternoons. There are concerts most evenings.

For more information, go to www.summerstringin.org or call at 646-692-9446.