How to hold a Play-In: January 28, 2023, 2pm ET on Zoom

The Villiers Quartet Play-In in Nottingham, United Kingdom, December 2022

Join ACMP for an informative discussion on how to hold a Play-In!

Saturday, January 28, 2pm Eastern (until 4pm)

On Zoom


This free online event will provide an excellent opportunity to tap into the experience and expertise of three very active Play-In organizers from ACMP’s International Ambassadors Council (IAC) and North American Outreach Council (NAOC):

Flutist Michael Knoch (Berlin, Germany)

Violist Phyllis Kaiden (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Violinist Virginia Feldman (Portland, Oregon, USA)

Pianist Robert Myers (Washington, DC, USA)

The discussion will be moderated by ACMP’s Executive Director Stephanie Griffin, in conjunction with Board members Susan Alexander and Peter Aupperle (Chair of ACMP’s Membership and Engagement Committee.)

What is a Play-In?

A Play-In is basically a chamber music party – but it can take on so many forms, from small gatherings in people’s homes to larger scale events taking place in multiple rooms of a home or at a more public venue. The distinguishing feature of a Play-In is that it is a participatory event.

Play-Ins are not concerts! There may be some non-playing listeners, but most of the people in attendance bring their instruments (or voices) and play chamber music together for pure pleasure. You can practice ahead, or sight-read. You can play with old friends or meet many new people through music. Professional musicians may be involved, but there is no coaching. (Play-Ins are also not workshops.)

Topics of Discussion

There are many ways to organize a Play-In, but no matter what your approach, here are some of the elements we will discuss on January 28:

  1. Finding a suitable venue
  2. Finding musicians
  3. Finding repertoire and obtaining it
  4. Matching people up into groups
  5. Matching people with repertoire
  6. Keeping everyone engaged throughout the whole event
  7. Creating a festive party atmosphere

Please come to the Zoom event with your questions and your ideas!

Worldwide Play-In

We hope that this event will inspire you to organize your own Play-In, perhaps as part of ACMP’s annual Worldwide Play-In Weekend:

May 19 – 21, 2023

If you cannot make something happen on the exact dates, please do tell us about any Play-Ins you are holding in the month of May.

May is Chamber Music Month, as declared by ACMP’s collaborator Chamber Music America!

And don’t forget to apply for a Play-In grant from ACMP for your event…

We hope to see you on January 28. If you cannot make it, we will post a video within a few weeks.

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