Play Week East - The "Weekette"

Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Tuesday, June 15 to Saturday, June 19, 2021

Registration for 2021 is now closed. If you would like to be on a waiting list for last minute cancellations, email

About Play Week East


Play Week East returns to the lovely tree-lined campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The campus is located just 8 miles from the charming and culturally vibrant town of Princeton, NJ, and is easily accessible from New York City and Philadelphia.

The four-and-a-half day format provides eight ensemble coachings, special-topic sessions, and participant and faculty concerts, but in a condensed time frame that fits into your busy schedule! The workshop begins Tuesday late afternoon and runs through late Saturday afternoon.


Individuals and pre-formed groups are welcome to apply.

String and Wind Players

While our program is mostly strings, some slots may be available for wind players. Wind players, please be sure to review COVID-19 policies as there are special requirements for wind players per venue policy.


We will stay in the West Village Apartments, Rider's newest and nicest residence hall. Participants will enjoy their own private, air-conditioned room within a comfortable four-bedroom suite; this year, we do not anticipate having more than two participants per suite. Each suite has a full bath and a large living room. For commuters, parking is adjacent to the building.



Meals at Rider are served in Daly's Dining Hall (this year, all meals will be served by staff versus self-serve). The college's food provider has a myriad of options for us, including gluten-free and vegetarian meals. The lovely 10-minute walk from West Village to Daly's passes by Centennial Lake and through the Campus Green. Those not wishing to walk may drive and park nearby.


Most ensembles meet in the spacious living rooms of the suites. The faculty and participants' concerts will take place in the beautifully restored Gill Memorial Chapel, which is used by the Westminster Choir College. 

Play Week East Coaches 2021

* Bed Linens & Towels will not be provided this year

This year, the deposit will be due by Wednesday, May 12th. Acceptance notifications will be shared by Wednesday, May 19th.  Final payment is due by Tuesday, May 25th . Some scholarship funds are available, based on need.

If you are interested in applying after the Wednesday, May 12th cut-off date, please email to check availability. 

Location and Directions

Rider University is just 60 miles from New York City, 40 miles from Philadelphia, and 180 miles from Washington, DC.  For the location of the campus and directions, click here.