Perlman Music Program Suncoast

Education Outreach

LK String Quartet, Harry Kinnan, and Dr. Sherry Lawrence  

Mimi Yu in the classroom at Haile Middle School  

PMP/S Education Outreach Program

In 2009, PMP/Suncoast, with the support and cooperation of The Juilliard School, Columbia University’s Teacher College, Toby and Itzhak Perlman, and the faculty of The Perlman Music Program, began offering education outreach programs for Sarasota and Manatee county schools. Our year-round Education Outreach Program brings alumni of The Perlman Music Program, who are now professional musicians, into elementary, middle and high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. These curriculum-based, in-school experiences include performances and interactive, hands-on training for students and teachers.

In the past three years, members of such celebrated string ensembles as the LK String Quartet, the Vinca Quartet and the Ariel String Quartet have visited more than 25 regional schools, interacting with thousands of students and teachers. These three-week, in-school residencies are sponsored and entirely funded by PMP/Suncoast through grants and sponsorships. The Education Outreach Program is led by long-time music educator and PMP/Suncoast board member Barbara Staton. Cindy Balistreri, the former fine arts program specialist for the School Board of Sarasota County, serves as the program's consultant for developing the curriculum-based programming.

"The PMP/Suncoast Education Outreach Program brings the experience of professional music-making to area students and teachers. Students learn directly from professional - and acclaimed - musicians.  It's a rare opportunity."
- Barbara Staton

  PMP/Suncoast proudly participates in EdExplorerSRQ, a Sarasota County School District website to connect classrooms to community arts, science, and culture organizations.  



NOV 2012, FEB 2013, MAY 2013:
  Ariel String Quartet
Gershon Gerchikov, Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Gruning, Amit Even-Tov
OCT 2011, JAN 2012, MAY 2012:

  Ariel String Quartet
Gershon Gerchikov, Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Gruning, Amit Even-Tov
OCT 2010 (2 weeks), JAN 2011:

  Vinca String Quartet
Jessica Tong, Aaron Requiro, Laura Seay, An-Lin Bardin
JAN 2010: 

PMP Alumni Trio
Megan Griffin, Laura Seay, Mimi Yu
OCT 2009, MARCH 2010: 

LK String Quartet
Sean Lee, Areta Zhulla, Laura Seay, Jordan Han




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