Young Artists Program

2020 APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: You will receive the results of your audition by no later than March 1st. If this causes difficulties for you, please contact Ellen Hwangbo right away at (802) 387-3108.

June 14-July 4, 2020

Seth Knopp and Mimi Hwang, Artistic Directors

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

2020 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.

2020 APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: You will receive the results of your audition by no later than March 1st. If this causes difficulties for you, please contact Ellen Hwangbo right away at (802) 387-3108.

Application Information

Application Deadlines

Materials must be received by the following dates:

Live auditions (strongly recommended):
Applications for European auditions: January 13, 2020—New deadline
Applications for U.S. auditions: January 15, 2020

Videotaped auditions (only if a live audition is not possible): January 31, 2020
Video auditions must be recorded after October 1, 2019. Earlier recordings will not be accepted.

Late and walk-in applications will be accommodated where possible

Application Fee: $60 (non-refundable and due with application)
Tuition, Room, and Board: $2,750
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.  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. Video audition tapes must be recorded after October 1, 2019. Earlier recordings will not be accepted.
Please note: Musicians must be at least 13 years old, and no older than 20 years old, on June 14, 2020.
Audition Requirements
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.
Strings, Woodwinds, and Piano: Prepare two movements total: one substantial movement each from two contrasting works that make different demands on you as a player. 
Percussion: Please be prepared to play 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.
Audition Locations
London, England (January 14)
Brussels, Belgium (January 15)
Paris, France (January 16)
Berlin, Germany (January 18)
Boston, MA (January 21, 22, 23)
New Haven, CT (January 24)
Philadelphia, PA (January 27)
New York, NY (January 28, 29, 30, 31)
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 3)
San Francisco, CA (February 4)
Baltimore, MD (February 8)
Chicago, IL (February 9)
Cleveland, OH (February 10)

2020 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.