2021-2022 Artist Residencies

In 2008, Yellow Barn instituted its Artist Residencies, the first retreat program in the United States created specifically for performing musicians. The purpose of the Artist Residencies is to further the art of the performance of classical music by providing an environment conducive to undistracted study, an exchange of ideas and opportunities for performance. Their content is defined by artists’ proposals and Yellow Barn’s artistic vision, and musicians have come to Yellow Barn to create new repertoire, to prepare for major performances, to explore new interpretations of important works, and to stage theatrical events.

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Past event (2021)

Merz Trio

Merz Trio (piano trio) and mover / mime / director Emma Jaster embark on a collaborative exploration of music and movement: how the differing art forms inform and speak to one another. Drawing from an eclectic repertoire (Korngold, Price, Matteis, Vasks, Bolcom, Schubert, Poulenc, Britten, Enescu, Thelonius Monk), the Trio will work towards create a dynamic program of musical miniatures interwoven with Emma's own storytelling through movement and gesture.

20 minutes of action

Sandbox Percussion with vocalists Elspeth Davis and Melissa Wimbish will work alongside composer Jessica Meyer to develop an hour-long program for two vocalists and percussion quartet. The central work is Jessica Meyer’s 20 minutes of action, a work commissioned for this program and scored for all six performers. In 2016, the trial of Brock Turner was yet another controversial episode in an ongoing debate about rape culture, privilege in the criminal justice system, and campus safety.