Young Artists Program

Summer 2016 Dates: June 15 – July 2, 2016
(Note: Information below is for the 2015 summer festival. Please check back soon for 2016 application information.)
Seth Knopp and Mimi Hwang, Artistic Directors

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

2015 Application for Yellow Barn's Young Artists Program
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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.

2015 Young Artists Program Faculty

Violaine Melançon, violin
Marka Gustavsson, viola
Mimi Hwang, cello
Seth Knopp, piano
Stephen Coxe, composition

Guest Faculty

Donald Weilerstein, violin
Misha Amory, viola
Natasha Brofsky, cello
Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano
David Ludwig, composition
Christopher Theofanidis, composition

Application Information

Materials must be received by the following dates:

Live Auditions
The live audition deadline has passed. 

Videotaped Auditions
The video audition deadline has passed. 

Application Fee: $60 (non-refundable and due with application)
Tuition, Room, and Board: $2,300 (due in full by April 14, 2015, and non-refundable after May 1, 2015)
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 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
Rochester, NY: February 7
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) 387-6637

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.