Yellow Barn Program

Summer 2016 Dates: July 3 – August 7, 2016
(Note: Information below is for the 2015 summer festival. Please check back soon for 2016 application information.)

Seth Knopp, Artistic Director
David and Janet Wells, Founders

For individual musicians (strings, piano, woodwinds, harp, voice, and percussion) and pre-formed ensembles

2015 Application for Individual Musicians
Download the brochure for individual musicians

2015 Application for Ensembles
Download the brochure for summer ensembles

Yellow Barn's core program is a five-week intensive summer chamber music program for outstanding students and young professionals. Participants explore chamber music repertoire with an internationally renowned faculty, rehearsing and performing together in 20 concerts at the Big Barn, Yellow Barn's intimate concert hall in Putney, Vermont. Repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to the present day, and often affords participants the opportunity of working with visiting composers. Participants are housed, share their meals, and have access to rehearsal and practice studios on Yellow Barn's summer campus at The Greenwood School.

Activities for pre-formed ensembles will be tailored to the needs of each group invited to participate. Performance opportunities for the ensemble, and the involvement of its individual members in projects outside the ensemble, will be determined accordingly. Ensembles should be full-time groups who have been playing together for a minimum of one year, and who have the shared desire to establish themselves as a lasting entity. All instrumental combinations are considered.

Yellow Barn alumni have founded and joined major chamber ensembles, are members of the world's finest orchestras, and are respected educators in the music world. Yellow Barn alumni ensembles include eighth blackbird, So Percussion, Due East, and the Ariel, Chiara, Jupiter, and Parker Quartets.

This program is open to 36 musicians in the early stages of their professional careers. Most participants in this program are currently enrolled in, or have graduated from conservatory, or graduate school.

For more information about Yellow Barn's unique program, please read our educational philosophy.


Materials must be received by the following dates:

Live Auditions (strongly recommended) 
The live audition deadline has passed. 

Videotaped Auditions (only if a live audition is not possible)
The video audition deadline has passed. 

Application Fee: $80 for individuals and $120 for ensembles (non-refundable and due with application)
All participants receive a full scholarship to cover tuition, room, and board.
Individuals (strings, piano, woodwinds, harp, voice, and percussion) and pre-formed ensembles are invited to apply. Live auditions are strongly recommended. Only in cases where live auditions are impossible, applicants may audition with unedited DVDs or video files. CDs will not be accepted. Unfortunately, Yellow Barn is not able to return audition materials.
Audition Requirements
Prepare at least one substantial movement from two contrasting works that make very different demands on you as a player. You must bring your own pianist unless you are performing only unaccompanied works. Auditions are typically 15 minutes in length but may vary from audition to audition.
Audition Dates and Locations
Los Angeles, CA: January 20
San Fransisco, CA: January 21
Houston, TX: January 22
Baltimore, MD: January 24
Boston, MA: January 28, 29, 30
Cleveland, OH: February 2
London, England: February 6
Berlin, Germany: February 8
Salzburg, Austria: February 9
New Haven, CT: February 12
New York, NY: February 13, 14, 15
For a description of the venues, please click here:

For more information, please contact:

Dan Nitsch, Operations Manager
(802) 387-3108

Yellow Barn does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Yellow Barn-sponsored activities.