Young Artists Program

June 14 – July 1, 2017
Seth Knopp and Mimi Hwang, Artistic Directors

2017 Application for Yellow Barn's Young Artists Program

For outstanding musicians ages 13-20
Strings, Woodwinds, Piano, and Composition

Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program brings together 28 outstanding young instrumentalists and composers from across the United States and abroad for a rigorous and exciting 18-day chamber music workshop that includes intensive study and three public performances. The challenging and supportive learning environment defines a daily schedule that offers coaching sessions, private lessons, public performances, masterclasses, theory workshops, rehearsal and practice time, and the opportunity to enjoy Yellow Barn's beautiful campus. Instrumentalists study three major chamber works, with repertoire assigned well in advance. Composers are completely integrated into the program, working with faculty and collaborating with performers to bring their work to life in performance. Participants are housed, share their meals, and have access to rehearsal and practice studios on Yellow Barn's campus at The Greenwood School.

Young Artists Program alumni, and some college-age participants, attend major conservatories and colleges, including the Juilliard and Eastman Schools of Music, New England Conservatory, the Curtis, Cleveland, and Peabody Institutes, Harvard, Rice, and Yale Universities, and Bard College, among others.

This program is open to 28 instrumentalists and composers between the ages of 13 and 20.

Application Information

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 and composer applications: 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: $60 (non-refundable and due with application)
Tuition, Room, and Board: $2,300 
Limited scholarship assistance is available based on financial need.  Aid applications will be accepted after application decisions have been announced. 

Strings, woodwinds, pianists, and composers are invited to apply.  Live auditions are strongly recommended for instrumentalists. Only in cases where live auditions are impossible, applicants may audition with unedited video files. CDs will not be accepted. Unfortunately, Yellow Barn is not able to return audition materials.
Audition Requirements
Prepare two movements total: one substantial movement each from two contrasting works that make 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.
If you are a composer, please send three recent scores, preferably with recordings.
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
Rochester, NY: February 4
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.


Anna Elashvili, violin
Violaine Melançon, violin
Mark Steinberg, violin*
Marka Gustavsson, viola
Kim Kashkashian, viola*
Natasha Brofsky, cello
Bonnie Hampton, cello 
Mimi Hwang, cello
Gilbert Kalish, piano*
Seth Knopp, piano
Stephen Coxe, composition
Amy Beth Kirsten, composition*
Christopher Theofanidis, composition*

*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.