Yellow Barn Program

July 1 – August 5, 2018
Seth Knopp, Artistic Director
David and Janet Wells, Founders

Individuals: Online Application

Ensembles: Online Application

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.

Please note: If you are 20 years old or younger, please visit the page for our Young Artists Program. If you have any questions about eligibility for either program, please contact Emely Phelps, Admissions Coordinator, at or (802) 387-6637.


Application Deadlines

Materials must be received by the following dates:

Live auditions (strongly recommended):
Applications for European auditions: January 8, 2018
Applications for U.S. auditions: January 15, 2018

Videotaped auditions (only if a live audition is not possible): January 29, 2018
Video audition tapes must be recorded after October 1, 2017. Earlier recordings will not be accepted.

Late and walk-in applications will be accommodated where possible.
Contact Emely Phelps, Admissions Coordinaror, at 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 video files. Audio files will not be accepted.
Note to ensembles: In general, live auditions are required for summer ensembles. If a live audition is absolutely impossible, please contact Emely Phelps about the possibility of a mutually agreeable alternative.
Audition Requirements
Individuals: 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.
Ensembles: Prepare two contrasting works in their entirety that make very different demands on you as an ensemble. Auditions are typically 30 minutes in length but may vary from audition to audition.
Questions regarding audition repertoire are welcome.
Audition Locations
London, England (January 18)
Berlin, Germany (January 20)
Basel, Switzerland (January 22)
Boston, MA (January 26, 28)
New Haven, CT (January 27)
New York percussion auditions (January 31)
New York, NY (February 1, 2, 3)
Baltimore, MD (February 4)
Cleveland, OH (February 9)
Chicago, IL (February 10)
Los Angeles, CA (February 11, 12)
San Francisco, CA (February 13)

Important note to former participants:

Former participants who audition, and are invited to return for a 2nd summer at Yellow Barn, will automatically be welcomed back for a 3rd summer. After 3 summers of participation at Yellow Barn, alumni may request to return for additional summers.

Participants wishing to return for a 3rd summer, or requesting additional summers should notify Emely Phelps at Yellow Barn by the application deadline.


Curtis Macomber
Nicholas Mann
Anthony Marwood
Violaine Melançon
Donald Weilerstein

Maria Lambros
Katherine Murdock
Roger Tapping

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

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

Stephen Coxe
Alexander Raskatov, Composer in Residence

Body Awareness
Aliza Stewart, Feldenkrais
Sarah West, bodywork therapist

*Guest Faculty

For more information, please contact:

Emely Phelps, Admissions Coordinator
(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.