Young Artists Program

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

Seth Knopp and Mimi Hwang, Artistic Directors

The Young Artists Program takes place during the last three weeks of June each year. Dates and applications for 2018 will be online soon.
If you would like to be notified when applications are online, please email Emely Phelps, Admissions Coordinator, at

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.

Application Information


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
Note: Audition venues and remaining dates will be announced soon.
London, England (January 17)
Oslo, Norway (January 19)
Berlin, Germany (January 20)
Basel, Switzerland (January 22)
Boston, MA (January 26, 28)
New Haven, CT (date to be determined)
New York, NY (February 1, 2, 3)
Baltimore, MD (date to be determined)
Cleveland, OH (February 9)
Chicago, IL (February 10)
Los Angeles, CA (February 11, 12)
San Francisco, CA (February 13)


Violaine Melançon, violin
Marka Gustavsson, viola
Natasha Brofsky, cello
Bonnie Hampton, cello 
Mimi Hwang, cello
Seth Knopp, piano
Stephen Coxe, composition
Christopher Theofanidis, composition*

*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.