2021 Application for Summer Ensemble Residency

Application Instructions

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 are welcoming applications from string quartets.

If there is no opening for your ensemble in 2021, you are still welcome to apply for a position in the event that one becomes available later in the process. 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.

About the application process:

This year, all audition performances will be submitted by video. Applicants should submit a video recording of two contrasting works in their entirety that make very different demands on you as an ensemble.

Audition videos made after October 1, 2020 are greatly preferred. However, due to the the difficulties we are all experiencing, 1 of the 2 video performances may be a recording from anytime after November 1, 2019. At least 1 work must be recorded after October 1, 2020.


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: $120 (non-refundable and due with application)
All participants receive a full scholarship to cover tuition, room, and board.


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. (If you are applying as an individual, please use our Application for Individual Musicians.)

Audition Requirements
Prepare two contrasting works in their entirety that make very different demands on you as an ensemble.  Questions regarding audition repertoire are welcome.
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". 

Everyone in the ensemble must submit his/her individual résumé.
Your ensemble's most up-to-date list of chamber music studied and/or performed, as well as a list of chamber music works that you would especially like to play during the Yellow Barn festival. Label each category clearly and include your name. (We cannot promise to fulfill your wishes, but will attempt to do so to the extent possible.)
Explain what your ensemble hopes to accomplish during a summer at Yellow Barn. Please limit to one page.
Letters of Recommendation
Please submit two letters of recommendation from teachers who know your ensemble's playing well. They (or you) may send the letters directly to melody@yellowbarn.org. Please include your ensemble's name in the subject line.
2021 Summer Ensemble Residency Application Form

Please fill out all fields.

Include instruments.
Ensembles should be full-time groups who have been playing together for a minimum of one year.
Contact Person's Information
Please note that Yellow Barn will primarily use e-mail to communicate with you regarding audition schedules and results.
Biographical Information
Please keep in mind that the following information should be about the ensemble and not the contact person.

Please fill out all fields as pertaining to your ensemble and use "N/A" for fields that do not apply.

Please use this format: School, diploma you're working toward, and years attended. Separate with a semicolon for each member of the ensemble.
If the above is not applicable in some way, please briefly note your educational history as a group and present occupations.
Please list years.
Please list years.
Please list years.
Please list years.

After clicking “Submit” you will be asked to pay your $120 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 ensemble's 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.