Yellow Barn Program

July 4 – August 8, 2021

Seth Knopp, Artistic Director
David and Janet Wells, Founders

2021 Individual Application

2021 Ensemble Application

Yellow Barn's core program is a five-week intensive summer chamber music program for outstanding students and young professionals. Participants explore chamber music repertoire with an internationally renowned faculty, rehearsing and performing together in 20 concerts at the Big Barn, Yellow Barn's intimate concert hall in Putney, Vermont. Repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to the present day, and often affords participants the opportunity of working with visiting composers. Participants are housed, share their meals, and have access to rehearsal and practice studios on Yellow Barn's summer campus at The Greenwood School.

Activities for pre-formed ensembles will be tailored to the needs of each group invited to participate. Performance opportunities for the ensemble, and the involvement of its individual members in projects outside the ensemble, will be determined accordingly. Ensembles should be full-time groups who have been playing together for a minimum of one year, and who have the shared desire to establish themselves as a lasting entity. All instrumental combinations are considered.

Yellow Barn alumni have founded and joined major chamber ensembles, are members of the world's finest orchestras, and are respected educators in the music world. Yellow Barn alumni ensembles include eighth blackbird, So Percussion, Due East, and the Ariel, Chiara, Jupiter, and Parker Quartets.

This program is open to 36 musicians in the early stages of their professional careers. Most participants in this program are currently enrolled in, or have graduated from conservatory, or graduate school.

For more information about Yellow Barn's unique program, please read our educational philosophy.

Please note: If you are 20 years old or younger, please visit the page for our Young Artists Program.


Important note to those applying for Yellow Barn 2021:

Those musicians who would have participated in Yellow Barn 2020 have been invited to participate in the summer of 2021, should we be able to go forward as hoped. Although the great majority have accepted this invitation, we do have a few positions available, and are welcoming applications for violin, viola, cello, voice, and string quartet.

In addition, we are accepting applications for alternates in all instrument categories, in the event that a position becomes available later in the process due to unforeseen circumstances.

If a position does not become available, you will have the option of being considered this year for the summer of 2022. If instead you decide to withdraw your application, your application fee will be refunded.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for submitting your application is January 15, 2021.

The deadline for submitting your accompanying audition videos is February 1, 2021.



Application Fee: $80 for individuals and $120 for ensembles (non-refundable and due with application)
All participants receive a full scholarship to cover tuition, room, and board.
Individuals (strings, piano, woodwinds, harp, voice, and percussion) and pre-formed ensembles are invited to apply.  
Audition Requirements
Individuals: Prepare three works, or substantial movements from three works of your choosing, that make very different demands on you as a player.
Ensembles: Prepare two contrasting works in their entirety that make very different demands on you as an ensemble. 
Questions regarding audition repertoire are welcome.


Curtis Macomber
Nicholas Mann
Anthony Marwood
Donald Weilerstein

Kim Kashkashian*
Maria Lambros
Katherine Murdock
Roger Tapping

Natasha Brofsky
Jean-Michel Fonteneau
Bonnie Hampton
Michael Kannen
Laurence Lesser*
John Myerscough

Peter Frankl
Gilbert Kalish
Seth Knopp
Dénes Várjon
Vivian Hornik Weilerstein

Mark Hill, oboe
Caleb Hudson, trumpet
Alan Kay, clarinet
Stephen Stirling, horn

Eduardo Leandro

William Sharp, baritone
Lucy Shelton, soprano

Stephen Coxe
James MacMillan

Body Awareness
Aliza Stewart, Feldenkrais
Sarah West, bodywork therapist

*Guest Faculty

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.