Young Artists Program

June 13-July 3, 2021

Seth Knopp and Mimi Hwang, Artistic Directors

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

2021 Young Artists Program Application

Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program brings together 32 outstanding young instrumentalists and composers from across the United States and abroad for a rigorous and exciting three-week chamber music program that includes intensive study and four 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. Composers are completely integrated into the program, working with faculty and collaborating with instrumentalists to bring their work to life in performance. Participants live, share their meals, and work in 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.

Application Information

Important note to those applying for the 2021 Young Artists Program:

Those musicians who would have participated in the 2020 Young Artists Program have been invited to participate in the summer of 2021, should we be able to go forward as hoped. If we are not able to go forward with an in-person Young Artists Program, we will again offer an online program with additional availability. We ask that 2020 participants commit to attending this online program by February 1, 2021. After that, their participation will be considered along with new applications received.

Although all of the positions are filled for an in-person program, we are accepting applications for alternates for both instrumentalists and composers, in the event that a position becomes available later in the process due to unforeseen circumstances. If a position does not become available, you will have the option of being considered this year for the summer of 2022. If instead you decide to withdraw your application, your application fee will be refunded.

About the application process:

This year, all audition performances will be submitted by video. Applicants should submit a video recording of three works, or substantial movements from three works of their choosing, that make very different demands on you as a player. Works can be from the solo, duo sonata, or concerto repertoire.

Performances of duo sonatas must be with your sonata partner.

Performances of concertos must include the orchestra part.

Audition videos made after October 1, 2020 are greatly preferred. However, due to the the difficulties we are all experiencing, 2 of the 3 video performances may be a recording from anytime after November 1, 2019. At least 1 work must be recorded after October 1, 2020.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for submitting your application is January 15, 2021.

The deadline for submitting your accompanying audition videos is February 1, 2021.


Application Fee: $60 (non-refundable and due with application)
Tuition, Room, and Board: $3,000
Scholarship assistance is available based on financial need. Applications for financial aid will be accepted after admission decisions have been announced. 
Strings, woodwinds, pianists, and composers are invited to apply.  
Please note: Musicians must be at least 13 years old, and no older than 20 years old, on June 13, 2021.
Audition Requirements
Strings, Woodwinds, and Piano: Prepare three works, or substantial movements from three works of your choosing, that make different demands on you as a player. 
Percussion: Please prepare one work (or movements as indicated) from each of the following categories:
  • Any movement from one of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites, Violin Sonatas, or Partitas
  • Keyboard Percussion:
    George Hamilton: Green Xylophone Rags
    Keiko Abe: Michi; Variations on Japanese Children's Songs; Wind in the Bamboo Grove; or another Abe work of your choice
    Akira Miyoshi: Conversation
    Ross Edwards: Marimba Dances (at least one of the 3 movements)
    Eric Sammut: Four Rotations (at least two of the 4 movements)
    Paul Smadbeck: Rhythm Song
    (or equivalent)
  • Snare drum or multi-percussion:
    Jacques Délécluse: Douze Etudes (at least two of the etudes)
    Anthony Cirone: Portraits in Rhythm (at least two of the etudes)
    Rick Tagawa: Inspirations Diabolique
    Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds a or Rebonds b
    Frederic Rzewski: To the Earth
    Dave Hollinden: Cold Pressed
    (or equivalent)
Composers: Please submit three recent scores, preferably with recordings.

2020 Young Artists Program Faculty

Anna Elashvili, violin
Eunae Koh, violin
Ayano Ninomiya, violin
Marka Gustavsson, viola
Misha Amory, viola*
Natasha Brofsky, cello
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Mimi Hwang, cello
Pedro Borges, piano
Seth Knopp, piano
Gilbert Kalish, piano*
Terry Sweeney, percussion
Ji Hye Jung, percussion*
Eduardo Leandro, percussion*
Stephen Coxe, composition
Nathan Davis, composition*
Christopher Theofanidis, composition*

The Other Mozart ^
Sylvia Milo, actress ^

*Guest faculty
^Guest artist

For more information, please contact:

Melody Lin, 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.