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This event has been canceled for 2020. We are offering Virtual Summertios for 2020 June 21-25


Summertrios welcomes you to delve further into the chamber music you have always wanted to play, or try it for the very first time. Approaching Chamber Music is a Workshop designed for both pianists and string players with previous chamber music experience AND those who are curious but have yet to give it a try. This immersive three-day program welcomes instrumentalists into a supported learning experience led by expert coaches violinist Jill Schultz and pianist Rosemary Caviglia who guide every step of the way. Ensembles will celebrate their efforts by sharing their work at the conclusion of the program.


  • Ensemble Coaching

  • Rehearsals 

  • Lab Sessions devoted to topics of interest Strings or Piano such as instrumental or  technique Individual practice time 

  • Daily Ensemble Lab Sessions devoted to sharing progress with fellow participants 

Repertoire will be determined based on participant suggestion and their general level. Please imagine a "dream concert" of chamber pieces. Indicate three favorite movements from your “dream chamber works” and rank in order of preference.  We will inform you of your repertoire after March 15th.


Jill Schultz Ed.D. grew up in NJ and began studying the violin with Janina Robinson before studying with Burton Kaplan. She attended City College for a BA and Stony Brook University for a masters in performance with Isidore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She studied chamber music with Felix Galimir, and Julius Levine and was twice a participant at the Cleveland Chamber Music Conference where she worked with Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree and Joseph Gingold. She has performed with many organizations in the tri-state area, including the Goldovsky Opera Company, Lake George Opera Company, NYC Ballet, NJ  and Stamford Symphonies, Radio City Music Hall among others. 

She taught in the Pre-College Division of Manhattan School of Music for many years as well as the Lucy Moses School, Third Street Music Settlement,  and Opus 118 ( Harlem, NY)  before taking her current position in the Scarsdale Schools. 


She has been an active participant a presenter in the American String Teacher Association (ASTA), and has recently started the String Teacher Collective with Dr. Katherine Sinsabaugh to bring new and exciting ideas to string teaching. She began working with Summertrios in 2000.

Rosemary Caviglia has been teaching piano for three decades to students of all ages, but over the past 5 years, she has dedicated her work to teaching adults exclusively. It was early in her teaching life that she discovered an affinity for mature students. In 1991, she produced her first adult-only recital which featured 13 performers, from early to advanced levels of playing. It was the transformative aspect that impressed her the most; it begins with the desire to play a piece and moves toward realizing it with one’s own hands. There was excitement in participating with that meaningful process!


In 2010, Ms. Caviglia retired from Third Street Music School as piano teacher, chamber music coach and Chair of the Piano Department. During those 20 years as a faculty member, she listened thoughtfully to the work of her colleagues and observed effective methods of teaching. She learned that adults who study the piano learn differently from kids, and when she created the Adult Piano School in 2011, she designed the school to support the particular needs of the adult pianist. The school takes into consideration the issue of time commitment and schedule as well as provides a framework for developing the pianist. The overall tone is one of “no guilt” piano lessons where one can learn at any pace, while building a strong foundation as a musician.


At the heart of Adult Piano School is Works-In-Progress, which is a group playing class. It is a place to share one’s work at the piano within a community of kind and supportive musical peers. It encourages the practice of music as one of the performing arts, allowing the pianist to experience performance in an informal environment. WIP is a non-recital; pieces may be shared in part or whole, and sharing music with ones peers becomes one of the most effective tools for learning. Ms. Caviglia grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area to parents who are artists. Her father, a trumpeter, taught instrumental music in the public school during the day and played with the orchestra at night. Her mother had the desire to paint all of her life and began to study at age 55. It was perhaps her mother’s bold move, recognizing herself as an artist, that most inspired Rosemary to value and appreciate the adult learner.


As a teenager, Ms. Caviglia studied with Janet Goodman Guggenheim, who is Itzhak Perlman’s accompanist. She encouraged chamber music and collaboration. The greatest influence came from her teacher Aiko Onishi, who cultivated the relationship between expression and sound through touch at the keyboard, and this remains her work of a lifetime.


In 1987, Ms. Caviglia moved to New York City to study music. She explored Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Robert Abramson, and continued on to earn a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music. At New York University, she became enamoured with the music of Leo Kraft, whose music became the subject of her doctoral dissertation “The Piano Music of Leo Kraft.”



The guaranteed registration deadline is March 1st, 2020. 

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

All payments are due by April 30th.



Tuition is $715, including housing and meals.



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


No refunds can be given after April 30, 2020,

A minimum of 7 participants must register by March 1st in order to hold the workshop. In the event of too few registrations, a full refund will be given.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip insurance.

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