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.
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 shortened, 4½-day version.
Late afternoons and evenings offer time for practice, “pick-up” groups, and relaxation. Our usual readings of string literature in larger ensembles will not take place this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. We may still have a couple of afternoon special sessions, such as an open rehearsal of the faculty.
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 Friday evening of the Maryland workshop and Saturday 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 eight coachings at Play Week East.
West Long Branch, New Jersey
Returning in 2022
For another program later in the summer, you may be interested in the Summer String-In, held on the beautiful campus of Monmouth University, one mile from the Jersey shore. Look for our program to return in 2022.
The Simon String Quartet is the resident ensemble. Intensive chamber music coaching and faculty demos take place during the day while larger ensemble readings and faculty concerts occur in the evenings.
For more information: www.summerstringin.org or call 646-692-9446.