Young Artist Seminar

Adam Grabois, Director

June 4 – 11, 2023

The Young Artist Seminar is an intensive, one-week program dedicated to the study of the chamber music repertoire. Open to college and pre-professional students, YAS is committed to offering an experience with the most meaningful artistic and educational benefit possible, and one squarely in line with Kinhaven’s core values. In this spirit, in a pilot program for 2023, all students who attend the Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar will do so tuition-free. These student fellowships will cover the cost of tuition, housing in cabins on our beautiful 31-acre campus, and delicious meals prepared by our wonderful cooks. The faculty will consist of the finest coaches, many drawn from the rosters of Kinhaven’s Senior Session.

The Program

Over the course of the week at Kinhaven, each chamber group learns, rehearses and performs one complete work and receives daily coachings from our faculty. Other musical activities may include master classes and studio classes as well as opportunities for singing and organized discussions on musical topics. This summer, we will be offering house concerts in addition to our performances in and around southern Vermont. Students who attend the program are wonderful ambassadors for chamber music and for Kinhaven’s founding principles — community, rigor and joy in music-making — and we are eager to share these with our friends and neighbors.

Chamber Groups for 2023

For 2023, we will be accepting 34 students to fill positions in the following chamber groups:

  • 2 string quartets
  • 2 piano trios
  • 1 piano quintet (string quartet, piano)
  • 1 piano quintet (violin, viola, cello, bass, piano)
  • 1 woodwind quintet
  • 1 brass quintet

Students are invited to apply individually or as part of a pre-formed group.

Housing and Food

Kinhaven has camp facilities consisting of communal cabins with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. There is electricity in all cabins. The Common Room in the Main House will be available during the day and in the evening for reading, visiting and relaxing in front of the fireplace.

Meals will be provided from dinner on Sunday to breakfast the following Sunday. The Kinhaven kitchen is famous for its homemade fare—fresh, nutritious and delicious. Vegetarian and vegan meals will be available.


For 2023, all students attending the Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar will do so tuition-free. Any costs associated with transportation to and from campus are the responsibility of students. 

Learn More

How to Apply

To submit an application, complete the form at the link below.

Audition Requirements

Auditions are to be recorded and submitted without editing.  We may request a follow-up on Zoom.

Prepare two movements which demonstrate contrast in style and technique. Movements should be played in their entirety. Selections may be taken from a live performance or prepared in a studio. If you have any questions about acceptable formats, please write to us at

Group Auditions

The audition requirements (repertoire and guidelines) for Groups and Individuals are the same. If you are applying as a group but are unable to submit materials as a group, you may apply as individuals and request to be considered as a group.

The deadline for applications is January 27th, 2023.