Educating and inspiring generations of musicians and audiences

Each season, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) hosts The Perlman Music Program (PMP) Sarasota Winter Residency. Founded by Toby Perlman, and with a world-renowned faculty led by her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, PMP augments its seven-week summer school program in Shelter Island each December with a 17-day winter residency in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The residency provides valuable mentoring and performance opportunities for approximately 35 young international string musicians, ages 12-20+, and offers 20+ free and low-cost musical events on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee.

PMP Alumni: In Schools – (November/February/April)

Each year, PMP/Suncoast brings stellar alumni of The Perlman Music Program, now professional musicians, into public and private elementary, middle and high schools. In-school experiences are based upon school preferences and may include: interactive performances and Q&A for entire grade levels of students and/or string classes; master class experiences (for intermediate and advanced string players); and/or playing side-by-side with students in a school orchestra class. Program goals include supporting recruitment into string programs and getting students excited about classical music. Thanks to generous grants and sponsorships, PMP Alumni: In Schools is presented to schools at no charge.

The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency – (family programs: Winter Break)

Complete schedule of free events is available online at after November 1. This intensive 17-day program offers unparalleled musical training for international violin, viola, cello and bass students, ages 12-20.  With a faculty led by internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman, and his wife and founder of The Perlman Music Program, Toby Perlman, the program offers an experience that changes students’ lives forever.

Audiences of all ages are invited to attend 20 FREE musical events presented on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Events include PMP orchestra rehearsals led by Itzhak Perlman, chorus rehearsals featuring PMP string students and faculty led by Patrick Romano, master classes led by PMP faculty, and Works-in-Progress Student Recitals. The majority of events are presented in a heated performance tent in the courtyard of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243).

Free early-admission tickets are available to the public for in-person pick-up in early December in the USF Sarasota-Manatee Rotunda (main entrance) and other locations.  Tickets can also be purchased online for $7.50 each and enable ticket holders early admission 30 minutes prior to event start time. Non-ticket holders are admitted 15 minutes prior to start time. Special seating is offered to families with children (first-come basis).

Super Strings Program

Local students who play violin, viola, cello or bass (ages 8-18) are invited to play with the PMP String Orchestra and under the baton of Itzhak Perlman during the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency. Information about the 2019-2020 Super Strings program, along with the application and sheet music, will be available online beginning May 1 at

For more information and a complete schedule of events and programs, visit  or  call 941-955-4942


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