Young Artists Program

June 12-July 1, 2022

Seth Knopp and Mimi Hwang, Artistic Directors

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

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.


At this time, Yellow Barn is planning for live auditions both in the United States and in Europe. 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 vaccinations for all applicants and accompanists.

2022 Application for Young Artists Program

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.

Vocalists: Applicants should prepare a program of at least 15 minutes in length, and must perform with their own pianists.

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

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, 2021. One video may be a recording from anytime after November 1, 2020.

Audition schedule for 2022:

Rome - January 14
Basel - January 16
Berlin - January 18
London - January 20
Baltimore - January 27
New York - February 1-3, 8
Boston - dates to be determined
Putney - date to be determined
Chicago - date to be determined
Los Angeles - February 20
San Francisco - date to be determined
Montreal - February 25

2022 Young Artists Program Faculty

Anna Elashvili
Mark Steinberg
Eunae Koh

Marka Gustavsson

Natasha Brofsky
Jean-Michel Fonteneau
Mimi Hwang
Seth Knopp
Ji Hye Jung
Ayano Kataoka
Terry Sweeney
Stephen Coxe
Guest Faculty
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Elizabeth Ogonek, composition
Lucy Shelton, voice
Christopher Theofanidis. composition

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.