2023 Application for Yellow Barn's Young Artists Program

Application Instructions

At this time, Yellow Barn is planning for live auditions in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. If Covid-19 safety guidelines make it impossible for us to conduct live auditions, all applicants will be required to submit video auditions.  Please note that for live auditions, we will be requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination (including the booster) for all applicants and accompanists. If you have any questions, please email melody@yellowbarn.org.

UPDATED Application Deadlines

Live Auditions in Europe—January 4*
Live Auditions in US and Canada—January 13*
Video Auditions—January 30

*Late applications for live auditions will be considered if space is available.


Application Fee: $60 (non-refundable and due with application)
Tuition, Room and Board: $3,150 (due in full by April 15, 2023, and non-refundable after May 1, 2023)

Scholarship assistance is available based on financial need. Those wishing to apply for assistance will be able to do so after application results are announced.
Strings, woodwinds, pianists, percussionists, 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 11, 2023.

Audition Requirements

Applicants should prepare two works, or substantial movements from two works, that make different technical and interpretive demands on you as a player.

Strings and Winds: Audition selections can include duo sonatas or concertos, but must be presented with piano parts or orchestral reductions. Applicants must perform with their own pianists.

Live auditions are typically 15 minutes in length but may vary from audition to audition.

Composers: Please submit three recent scores, preferably with recordings.

Percussion Auditions

Please be prepared to play one work (or movements as indicated) from each of the following categories:
1. Any movement from one of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites, Violin Sonatas, or Partitas
2. 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 one of the 4 movements)
Paul Smadbeck - Rhythm Song
-or equivalent
3. 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

Video Auditions

Live auditions are strongly encouraged. However, if you are unable to travel to a live audition location, video applications are acceptable. Applicants should submit a video recording of three works, or substantial movements from three works.

Two of the three videos must be made after October 1, 2022. One video may be a recording from anytime after November 1, 2021.
Contact Melody Lin, Admissions Coordinator, at melody@yellowbarn.org or
(802) 387-3108, if you have any questions or concerns.



Please submit the following items with your application. Please include all information. We accept .doc, .docx, .pdf filetypes. Please limit file uploads to 2MB.

Your application cannot be saved and we will not receive any of your information until you click "Submit". 

Your most up-to-date list of chamber music studied and/or performed. Label each category clearly and include your name.
For composers only. Please submit three recent works.
For composers only: Please provide recordings of the works you are submitting, if available. Please enter a single link to a playlist or folder of recordings.
Please upload your vaccination card here. If you would like to speak to someone about a vaccination exemption, please email melody@yellowbarn.org before applying.
Letters of Recommendation
Please submit two letters of recommendation from teachers who know your playing well. They (or you) may send the letters directly to melody@yellowbarn.org. Please include your full name and instrument in the subject line.
2023 YAP Application Form

Please fill out all fields.

Please list all instruments you play and indicate which one you are applying with.
Please note that Yellow Barn will primarily use e-mail to communicate with you regarding audition schedules and results. Do not use an necmusic.edu email address.
Biographical Information

Please fill out all fields and use "N/A" for fields that do not apply to you.

Please use this format: School, diploma, and years attended. Separate with a semicolon for multiple schools.
Please list years.
Please list years.
Please list years.
Audition Request

Live auditions are strongly recommended.  Recorded auditions should be submitted only when live auditions are impossible.

Audition city, date, and time
Percussionists: please email Melody Lin after application submission to confirm audition logistics. If you need to change your audition time, please do not submit another application. Email melody@yellowbarn.org for assistance.

After clicking “Submit” you will be asked to pay your $60 application fee by PayPal. You may pay with a PayPal account or with a credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, please write a check payable to “Yellow Barn”, and on the memo line include your name as it appears on your application. Send your check to Yellow Barn, PO Box 507, Putney, VT 05346.

By clicking "Submit", you are agreeing to the following:

The information presented in this application is true and complete, to the best of my knowledge. A recording, if submitted, is my own unedited performance.