Seth Knopp

Seth Knopp, Artistic Director, has been Artistic Director of Yellow Barn since 1999. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, a concert series at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. He is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Peabody Trio, and serves as a member of the piano and chamber music faculties at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Seth has recorded on the CRI, Analekta, New World Records, and Artek labels.

Catherine Stephan

Catherine Stephan, Executive Director, started this phase of her Yellow Barn life in 2010. Formerly a cellist and student of David Wells, she spent three summers at Yellow Barn in the mid-90s. Before returning to Putney she was Executive Director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and its record label, BMOP/sound, from 2000-2010. She holds degrees from Wellesley College (B.A.) and Brandeis University (Artist Diploma).

Fiona Boyd

Fiona Boyd, General Administrator, graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in music and French in May 2016. At Wellesley, she studied violin with Gabriela Diaz and spent a semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. In her senior year, Fiona was awarded the Pamela Daniels Fellowship, which allowed her to carry out ethnographic research for her senior honors thesis on old-time music in North Carolina. Previously, Fiona has interned for several arts organizations in the Boston area, including Musicians of the Old Post Road and Boston Lyric Opera.

Emely Phelps

Emely Phelps, Admissions Coordinator, is a pianist and Yellow Barn alumna. Currently a D.M.A. Candidate at Stony Brook University, Emely performs frequently as a collaborator and as a member of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, coaches undergraduate chamber music, and serves as a teaching assistant in the music history department.

Summer Staff

Crystal Fielding, piano technician
William Ballard, piano technician

In addition, Yellow Barn accepts four Festival Interns each summer. Find out more