In 1954, Mr. Chaplan started studying and playing violin in Los Angeles with Ben Berzinsky, a previous member of the New York Philharmonic and teacher of Albert Einstein. Mr. Chaplan joined the California Jr. Symphony in 1959 where he remained a member for 9 years. He attended UCLA for 3 ½ years, studying violin and chamber music with Stanley Plummer. He then moved to New York City where he attended CUNY and received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Mr. Chaplan studied and performed with John Lewis, Joel Lester, Tiny Grimes, and Albert Hirsh. He played as a freelance violinist in New York for 18 years, working with various symphonies, pit orchestras, rock bands, and jazz bands. In 1989, Mr. Chaplan moved to Cape Cod and joined the Cape Symphony, the Plymouth Philharmonic, and Woods Hole Choral Society.