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

Ensemble Week




Focus on two works at the Intensive Workshop with in-depth coaching, rehearsal, and performance opportunities.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. Lab Sessions may 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.

Scroll down for registration instructions and links.

Guaranteed registration closes on June 12. After that time you may still register and we will place you if we can accommodate you.

Cancellation: No refunds after July 1, 2021. 



  • Multiple daily coached sessions on your repertoire

  • Lab Sessions 

  • Piano Night master class with Jan Deats 

  • Faculty concert

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

  • Final participant concerts 

  • Opportunities for reading with other participants


  • Rehearsal techniques

  • Collaborative piano

  • Musicianship/musical notation

  • Instrument specific technique session

  • Performance technique



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 first. Because of facility limitations, we can accommodate a maximum of 8 pianists at Intensive.

Enter your repertoire selections on the form, including, for Piano Night with Jan Deats if you wish to participate,  

Piano Night 2021 looks at the Chopin Mazurkas.

Details About  Piano Registration

  • We will include your repertoire selections in the choices for winds and strings who register.

  • Unless otherwise arranged, participants will be in 2 different ensembles. Choose at least 12 minutes of music per selection. Single movements are permissible. 

  • Your repertoire will be part of the choices for wind and string participants.

  • You may play  2 works (trio or greater) of your choice and/or include a work from the repertoire list on the registration page.

  • For reasons of grouping, pianists are encouraged to choose works larger than a trio. 

  • If you play 2 trios, there will be a $80 surcharge.  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.

  • Questions? Please contact Leslie at to discuss your options. 




Repertoire is listed on the registration form. 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.​

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

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


Please select this on the registration form to include it in your schedule.

Email if you have questions.

Guaranteed registration closes June 10.

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 the coach and for an additional fee) or at 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.  There is no choice of repertoire for a third group. We will place you as needed. We will contact you for approval of the group prior to including it in your schedule. Please indicate your interest on the registration page. 

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.


Summertrios takes place at Rider University in Lawrence Township, NJ. Participants may choose to stay on or off-campus. Accommodation details and pricing is on the registration page. 

The Summertrios office and information board are located in our dorm (Koner). 


Guaranteed registration closes June 10, 2021. 
We will begin assigning groups as soon as we receive registrations. Please be patient!

You may still register after June 10, and we will place you if possible.

All payments are due by June 30..


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


No refunds can be given after July 1, 2021,

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip insurance.



Tuition is $980

Trio surcharge for pianists playing 2 trios is $80.


Add a faculty player/coach to a group $375-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.