Play Week Maryland

Chestertown, MD

July 17-24, 2022 (Sunday to Sunday)

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Play Week East

West Long Branch, NJ
July 31-August 5, 2022 (Sunday to Friday)

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Play Week West will not be held this summer but may return for Summer 2023.
Summer String-In is now merged with our Play Week offerings.

A Week of Joyous Music-Making

 

Play Week Chamber Music 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.

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 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 repertoire for two ensembles. For Play Week Maryland, the first group meets in the mornings for all six days and the second meets in the afternoons. This allows for in-depth focus and coaching on the music while offering the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of other musicians. Play Week East follows the same general format but in a slightly shortened version.

Late afternoons and evenings offer time for practice, “pick-up” groups, and relaxation. Our usual readings of string literature in larger ensembles may or may not take place this year, TBD, due to Covid-19 restrictions, which are ever-evolving. We will likely be able to offer our usual afternoon special sessions, such as open rehearsals of the faculty or workshops on technique. 

​"Play Week is like a well oiled machine, humming along with perfect pitch! There are just too many good things to say about it to fit it into one sentence. The camaraderie, support, enthusiasm, motivation, organization that it exudes while being surrounded by others who share a love for music is a week of sheer bliss!"

Kay Danzico

Play Week East

"At the end of the week I am always a better player."

Barbara Munisteri

Play Week West

“The highlight of my summers: such an interesting and varied mix of people, all sharing an intense desire to make music. Coaching is to the point, yet gentle. A lovely campus—even the campus food is terrific! What fun! Thanks!”

Darci Wolcott

Play Week Virginia

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Groups, Repertoire, and Assignments

Assignments are made three to four weeks prior to the start of the workshop in order to give players time to prepare. 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 once or twice during the week, with the final recital taking place on Saturday evening of Play Week Maryland and Friday afternoon of Play Week East.

Faculty and Coaching

 

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 if you wish, you may arrange a private lesson or two for an additional fee.

Each session is coached for half of its duration. By the workshop’s end, you will have had a total of eleven coachings at Play Week Maryland and ten coachings at Play Week East.

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An evening session of large ensemble/"multiples" playing

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A Faculty Open Rehearsal as an afternoon special session