The best of both worlds, Weeks 1 and 2 combined!

Ensemble Week

This event has been canceled for 2020. We are offering Virtual Summertios for 2020 June 21-24





Focus on two works at Intensive Week with in-depth coaching, rehearsal and performance opportunities. Individuals are placed in well-matched ensembles.  Pre-formed groups are welcome (limit 1 per participant). Daily coached sessions with Summertrios' gifted and supportive Faculty allow for a deep exploration of the composer's musical language. Daily Lab Sessions cover topics such as instrumental technique, tools for effective preparation, and the finer points of rehearsal. 

Want to be busier?

We may be able to place you in a third group or sign up for Play in the Key of Rhythm with Shem Guibbory (details below). Bring your performance to the next level and leave with tools to use at home.

Scroll down for registration instructions and link.

Guaranteed registration closes on March 1. After that time you may still register and we will place you if we can accommodate you.

Cancellation: No refunds after April 30, 2020. 



  • Multiple daily coached sessions on your repertoire

  • Daily Lab Sessions 

  • Piano Night master class with Jan Deats 

  • Two Faculty concerts

  • Informals/performance workshop - feedback from playing for others without the pressure of performance

  • Three participant concerts 

  • Opportunities for reading with other participants

  • Nightly receptions


  • Rehearsal techniques

  • Collaborative piano

  • Musicianship/musical notation

  • Instrument specific technique session

  • Performance technique



Work with Summertrios faculty member Shem Guibbory on Steve Reich’s exciting, iconic work Music for Pieces of Wood. Play tuned claves (provided) and breakthrough musical barriers with Shem’s guidance in this fun, 6-session intensive program designed to develop your feeling for rhythm, listening and ensemble skills.


An original member of “Steve Reich and Musicians”, Shem performed this work many times with the master percussionists of the ensemble. He will show you how rhythm sings.


Shem offers a webinar in March, showing you how to prepare, and stay focused on the creative simplicity of Reich’s musical material.


Practice at home with your own drumsticks (inexpensive) or clave; tuned claves will be provided to you at Summertrios.


This ensemble will perform on one of the Participant Concerts.


When forming groups, there are often open slots that need filling to complete the ensemble. We would be happy to include you if you are a match. There is no repertoire choice for a third group, we will place you as needed.

If you are interested in a 3rd group, please indicate so on the registration form.





Registration for pianists opens December 1, 2019. Because of facility limitations, we can accommodate a maximum of  10 pianists per Workshop.

Please enter your repertoire selections on the form, including, if you wish to participate, for Piano Night with Jan Deats. Piano Night 2020 looks at the short works of Brahms Op. 76, 116.,117,118, 119

Changes to Piano Registration

There are changes to piano registration for 2020 which are reflected on the form.  We will include your repertoire selections in the choices for winds and strings who register beginning January 1, 2020.

  • Your repertoire consists of 1 work of your choosing (trio or greater) and 1 work selected from the list of choices on the repertoire page. If none of the selected works are to your liking, please contact Leslie at to discuss your options. 

  •  There will be a surcharge of $95 for trios (limit 1 trio per participant).

Why were these changes made?

For both musical and budgetary reasons.

  • It gives wind players an opportunity to play with pianists which is oft-requested and for more mixed wind/string/piano works of greater size.

  • As part of a trio, your tuition dollars do not stretch as far towards hiring your coach. Rather than raise costs for pianists across the board, the trio surcharge will help offset these costs.



Repertoire is listed on the registration form. New this year,  pianists’ repertoire selections are included as part of wind and string choices.


Please select and rank repertoire from each section. We will form groups with priority  given to first choices. You will be placed in 2 groups. On the rare occasion that we cannot fulfill either of your first choices, we contact you to discuss options before placing you. 


Your level should accurately reflect your current playing. Please review the repertoire lists we’ve provided and make comfortable choices appropriate to your level.​

Additions can be made to your schedule if you would like a third ensemble. (Please scroll up for complete details).:


Play in the Key of Rhythm with Shem Guibbory (additional fee applies), 


Add a Third Piece -we place you where you are most needed. 


Please select one of these on the registration form to include it in your schedule.

Email if you have questions.

 Guaranteed registration closes March 1st, 2020.

How do I guarantee that I’ll play the piece which I want?

Attending as part of a pre-formed group is the only way to guarantee a particular piece.

 All other group assignments are made based on enrollment. While forming ensembles, careful consideration is given to participant preferences, level and is impacted by available instrumentation.

While we try to honor 1st choices in forming groups, it sometimes isn't an option based upon enrollment.

Why do some people have a coach in their group?

All assignments are based on enrollment. Occasionally, the only way to fill a hole in an ensemble is with a playing coach. Or a group has chosen to pay for a coach to join their group. 

My coach doesn’t play my instrument. Am I missing something?

No,! Summertrios’ fine faculty are chosen for their skill in coaching chamber music, Their focus is on your ensemble, rehearsal and performance techniques, and the music. Individual instrumental concerns can be addressed through a private lesson with a coach (arranged between you and coach and for an additional fee) or in an instrument-specific Lab session

How do I make my Intensive Week more intense?

This year we offer the potential for a 3rd group. We often have open spots to fill when forming groups and would be happy to include you if you are a match.  We will place you as needed, there is no repertoire choice for a third group, If you are interested and match a group, we will contact you for approval of the group. Please indicate your interest on the registration page. 

Play in the key of Rhythm. Work with Summertrios faculty member Shem Guibbory on Steve Reich’s exciting, iconic work Music for Pieces of Wood. Play tuned claves (provided) and breakthrough musical barriers with Shem’s guidance in this fun, 6-session intensive program designed to develop your feeling for rhythm, listening and ensemble skills.

Reading with fellow participants is a good way to increase your playing time. Indicate on your registration form what pieces you are interested in reading and we will facilitate that. 

How do I guarantee that  I have a coach in my group?

You may arrange to have a faculty member play in your group (your pre-formed or other) is available for an extra fee. See the registration form for further information.

Housing and F&M

Summertrios takes place at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Participants may choose to stay on or off-campus. Accommodation details and pricing information can be found on the registration page. 

F&M is a safety and security conscious campus. The Summertrios office, information board, and nightly receptions are located in our dorm which is accessible only with an electronic fob.  

F & M issues fobs only to residential participants or commuters who have a non-residential room. Those without a fob will need to be allowed in by another person.


Guaranteed registration closes March 1st, 2020. 
We will begin assigning groups on March 15, 2020.

You may still register after March 1st and we will place you if possible.

All payments are due by April 30th.


Refund of tuition/housing costs minus a $300 administrative fee will be given through April 30th.  


No refunds can be given after May 1, 2020,

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip insurance.



Tuition is $1175.

Trio surcharge is $95

Play in the Key of Rhythm add on fee $95

Add a faculty player/coach to a group $450-billed after registration and the ensemble has decided how to divide up the fee.

Faculty members are available for private lessons; time and fees to be arranged by the participant with the faculty member directly.