Yellow Barn's 2016 Summer Season

celebrating the infinite riches of chamber music for 47 years

Yellow Barn Concerts: July 8 – August 6
Composer in Residence Stefano Gervasoni: August 2 – 6
Young Artists Program Concerts: June 24 & 30 | July 1
Masterclasses: July 9, 16, 18, & 25
2016 Gala—Music Inside/Out: June 25

Each summer Yellow Barn presents over 30 public events between mid-June and early August. In addition to 23 concerts, Yellow Barn invites the public to four masterclasses each summer, and Saturday night concerts are preceded by a pre-concert discussion at the Putney Public Library. We also welcome visitors on campus for a meal and open rehearsals during our annual Open House, and invite families of all ages to enjoy Yellow Barn's annual Children's Concert.
"By the conservative calculus that governs the agendas of so many mainstream summer chamber music festivals, concerts like those at Yellow Barn shouldn’t really exist. And yet they do."—The Boston Globe Read more

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For information about Music Inside/Out, please call Catherine Stephan, Executive Director, at (802) 387-6637, or send an email to

Programming at Yellow Barn

Consideration for the continued artistic growth of Yellow Barn’s musicians is the primary focus of our programming each summer. Repertoire presented during Yellow Barn’s summer season is chosen after the conclusion of our admissions process in March, and the full schedule of programs and performers will be available in May. In the meantime, we invite you to peruse the 2015 summer programs and enjoy listening to selected performances.

Peruse last season's programs

Listen to performances from the 2015 summer season

All Yellow Barn venues are handicapped accessible.

Season overview

Yellow Barn Concerts
July 8 – August 6

Since 1969, Yellow Barn has gathered together an international community of musicians ranging from conservatory students to renowned professionals. For five weeks, Yellow Barn creates an ideal environment for creative exploration and expression, resulting in a series of extraordinary public performances. Each season’s repertoire is unique, spanning a wide range of eras and genres, offering infinite insights into chamber music—for performers, composers and audiences alike.

Preceding the main season is the Young Artists Program for outstanding composers and performers ages 13–20, with three concerts that include classical repertoire and world premiere performances of works created during the program.

Pre-Concert Discussions
July 9, 16, 23, & 30 | August 6

On Saturdays, audience members are invited to the putney public library for an intimate introduction to the evening’s concert given by Yellow Barn musicians.

July 9: Gilbert Kalish, piano
July 16: Donald Weilerstein, violin
July 18: Kim Kashkashian, viola
July 25: Laurence Lesser, cello

At Yellow Barn masterclasses, audience members are invited to sit in the Big Barn with Yellow Barn musicians and witness the interpretive process as yellow barn faculty and guests coach participants on a wide range of repertoire.

Children’s Concert
July 20

The annual Children’s Concert welcomes families to campus for a special performance and opportunity to interact with Yellow Barn's international community of musicians.

Open House
July 16

Yellow barn’s open house affords audiences the chance to spend an afternoon attending open rehearsals, participating in discussions, and sharing a meal with Yellow Barn musicians on campus.

Composer in Residence: Stefano Gervasoni
August 2
 – 6

Since the 1970s, composers of all nationalities have enriched yellow barn’s summer season with their music, the work they do with musicians, and interactions with audiences. This summer yellow barn welcomes renowned italian composer Stefano Gervasoni. His residency week offers multiple performances of his music, including the annual composer portrait, an evening of music and conversation with Yellow Barn musicians.

The Parker Quartet
June 16

Yellow barn welcomes alumni ensemble The Parker Quartet back to putney for a special pre-season performance, including Webern's Five Movements for String Quartet, Bartók's String Quartet No.1, and Schubert's String Quartet in G Major, D.887.

2016 Gala: Music Inside/Out
June 25

Drawing inspiration from Charles Ives, John Cage, and Walt Disney, Yellow Barn Music Haul lifts the curtain on seven world premieres that transform a Vermont village through music and soundscapes. A troupe of Yellow Barn composers and players create the unexpected moment, redefining what a concert hall can be, and realizing music’s inherent ability to communicate in ways that defy definition and move us without explanation.

All proceeds benefit the Yellow Barn Scholarship Fund for young musicians.