Play Week East

Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Sunday, July 31 to Friday, August 5, 2022

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About Play Week East


This summer, Play Week East will be held on the campus of Monmouth University, where we have in the past held the Summer String-In workshops. 

Monmouth is one mile from the beautiful northern New Jersey shore. Many of our activities take place in the auditorium within the Great Hall, a grand 130-room mansion that is a National Historic Landmark and a world-famous architectural treasure. 


The six-day format provides ten ensemble coachings, special-topic sessions, and participant and faculty concerts. The workshop begins with an initial coaching session on Sunday late afternoon and runs through the participants' concert on Friday afternoon.


Individuals and pre-formed groups are welcome to apply.

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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.

Accommodations & Dining

We will stay in the campus Garden Apartments, where each participant will enjoy their own private, air-conditioned room within a four-bedroom suite. Each suite has its own bathroom with shower, kitchen, and large living room. For commuters, parking is adjacent to the area. The dining hall and concert hall are within easy walking distance.


Most ensembles meet in the spacious living rooms of the suites. The faculty and participants' concerts and special sessions will take place in the auditorium of the Great Hall. All facilities are within easy walking distance from the Garden Apartments.

Simon Quartet

Play Week East faculty includes The Simon Quartet, pictured here, along with additional faculty coaches Kim Foster and Joe Kimura, pictured (with bios) below.

Play Week East Coaches 2022 - The Simon Quartet & Friends


  • Tuition, room, and meals: $1,350

  • Tuition for commuters: $975

  • Room and board for guest/spouse: $650

* Bed Linens & Towels can be reserved for an additional fee.

Applications will be accepted between March 15th and May 15th*. A deposit of $200 is due at the time of application. Acceptance notifications will be sent on a rolling basis, with final payments due by May 22nd. Assignments will be sent no later than the end of June. Some scholarship funds are available, based on need.

*If you are interested in applying after the cut-off date or joining a wait list, please email may still have spaces available. 

Location and Directions

Monmouth University is approximately 60 miles from New York City, 80 from Philadelphia, and 220 miles from Washington, DC.  For the location of the campus and directions, click here.