Yellow Barn Program

July 2 – August 6, 2017
Seth Knopp, Artistic Director
David and Janet Wells, Founders

2017 Application for Individual Musicians

2017 Application for Summer Ensemble Residency

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.


Application Deadlines
Materials must be received by the following dates:
Live auditions (strongly recommended):
Applications for European auditions: January 10, 2017
Applications for U.S. auditions: January 16, 2017
Videotaped auditions (only if a live audition is not possible):
January 30, 2017
Late and walk-in applications will be accommodated where possible. Contact or call (802) 387-3108 if you have any questions or concerns.
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 Locations
Berlin, Germany: January 15
Vienna, Austria: January 16
London, England: January 17
Baltimore, MD: January 20*
New Haven, CT: January 26
New York, NY: January 27, 28, 29
Boston, MA: February 3, 4, 5
Cleveland, OH: February 10
Los Angeles, CA: February 11, 12
San Francisco, CA: February 13
Houston, TX: February 14
*Note that the Baltimore audition date has changed from January 21st to January 20th to accommodate those who wish to participate in the march in Washington.


Curtis Macomber
Nicholas Mann
Anthony Marwood
Violaine Melançon
Donald Weilerstein

Kim Kashkashian*
Maria Lambros
Katherine Murdock
Roger Tapping

Natasha Brofsky
Jean-Michel Fonteneau
Bonnie Hampton
Michael Kannen
Laurence Lesser*

Christina Dahl
Peter Frankl
Gilbert Kalish
Seth Knopp
Vivian Hornik Weilerstein

Mark Hill, oboe
Alan Kay, clarinet

Eduardo Leandro

William Sharp, baritone
Lucy Shelton, soprano

The Peabody Trio

Stephen Coxe
Jörg Widmann, Composer in Residence

Body Awareness
Aliza Stewart, Feldenkrais
Sarah West, bodywork therapist

*Guest faculty

For more information, please contact:

Stacia Cutler, Production 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.