Yellow Barn Program

July 5 – August 9, 2020

2020 APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: You will receive the results of your audition by no later than March 1st. If this causes difficulties for you, please contact Ellen Hwangbo right away at (802) 387-3108.

Seth Knopp, Artistic Director
David and Janet Wells, Founders

2020 Individual Application

2020 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.


Application Deadlines

Materials must be received by the following dates:

Live auditions (strongly recommended):
Applications for European auditions: January 13, 2020—New deadline
Applications for U.S. auditions: January 15, 2020

Videotaped auditions (only if a live audition is not possible): January 31, 2020
Video auditions must be recorded after October 1, 2019. Earlier recordings will not be accepted.

Late and walk-in applications will be accommodated where possible.

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. Live auditions are strongly recommended. Only in cases where live auditions are impossible, applicants may audition with unedited video files. Audio files will not be accepted.
Note to ensembles: In general, live auditions are required for summer ensembles. If a live audition is absolutely impossible, please contact Melody Lin about the possibility of a mutually agreeable alternative.
Audition Requirements
Individuals: Prepare at least one substantial movement from two contrasting works that make very different demands on you as a player. You must bring your own pianist unless you are performing only unaccompanied works. Auditions are typically 15 minutes in length but may vary from audition to audition.
Ensembles: Prepare two contrasting works in their entirety that make very different demands on you as an ensemble. Auditions are typically 30 minutes in length but may vary from audition to audition.
Questions regarding audition repertoire are welcome.
Audition Locations
London, England (January 14)
Brussels, Belgium (January 15)
Paris, France (January 16)
Berlin, Germany (January 18)
Boston, MA (January 21, 22, 23)
New Haven, CT (January 24)
Philadelphia, PA (January 27)
New York, NY (January 28, 29, 30, 31)
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 3)
San Francisco, CA (February 4)
Baltimore, MD (February 8)
Chicago, IL (February 9)
Cleveland, OH (February 10)

Important note to former participants:

Former participants who audition and are invited to return for a 2nd summer at Yellow Barn, are automatically welcomed back for a 3rd summer, provided that it is consecutive to their 2nd summer. Participants wishing to do this should notify Melody Lin at Yellow Barn by the application deadline.

Participants who have taken one or more summers off after their 2nd summer and wish to return for a 3rd summer, must submit a request for a 3rd summer with Melody Lin by the application deadline.

After 3 summers of participation at Yellow Barn, alumni may request to return for additional summers. Participants wishing to request additional summers should notify Melody Lin by the application deadline.


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.