Educating and inspiring generations of musicians and audiences

Each season, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (“Perlman Suncoast”) hosts The Perlman Music Program (PMP) 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 (2021-2022)

Each year, Perlman 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.

PMP Alumni: In Schools – Virtual (Spring 2021)

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast is offering elementary, middle and high school music teachers the opportunity to present a PMP Alumni: In Schools – Virtual education outreach program to their students featuring alumni of The Perlman Music Program, founded by Toby and Itzhak Perlman. PMP Alumni are young string players who studied with The Perlman Music Program, and who are now pursing post-graduate degrees or are professional musicians. Virtual education outreach programs, via Zoom, may include pre-recorded performances, master classes, and/or interactive demonstrations and discussions between alumni and students. We also offer elementary school teachers the opportunity to share fun, family-oriented classical music education pre-recorded videos available via YouTube links.

The Perlman Music Program Winter Residency – (family programs: Winter Break) (2021-2022)

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).

Special seating is offered to families with children (first-come basis).

Super Strings Program (2021-2022)

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 Winter Residency. Information about the 2021-2022 Super Strings program, along with the application and sheet music, will be available online beginning in August 2021 at

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

Explorations Contact: Amy Kagan

Phone: 941-955-4942



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