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World renowned cellist and Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica Zuill Bailey and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University announce the second season of the Young Artist Development Series, a partnership designed to bring the study of musical performance beyond mastery of technique and musicianship and into the context of community engagement.

About the Young Artist Development Series

The Young Artist Development Series provides immersion in aspects of classical performance that are often relegated to the sidelines of a conservatory education but critical to success in today’s classical music market: excellent verbal communication, venue- and audience-specific performance programming skills, flexible response to varying concert venues and formats, poise and warmth in engaging with diverse audiences, and community outreach. Through coaching, practical application, written reflection, and follow-up assessment with YADS staff, participating Young Artists will gain invaluable skills to enter today’s professional arena.

YADS’ 2015 participants violinist/pianist duo Nikita Borisevich and Margarita Loukachkina traveled to El Paso November 12-18, 2015 to give multiple public school concerts; master classes and performances at the University of Texas at El Paso; programs at El Paso Museum of Art; two donor cultivation events; and frequent media appearances. Throughout the week they were coached by Zuill Bailey and Felipa Solis, El Paso Pro-Musica’s Executive Director. Unlike other young artist training programs, there was no critique of technique or musicianship but instead a focus on communication skills, audience engagement, and programming experimentation.

When asked to describe the overall experience, Maggie and Nikita leapt to respond: “inspiring,” “thrilling,” “very professional and well-organized,” and “perfect!” Zuill reported that they “transformed over the week. Ninety percent of performers try to be someone they’re not rather than sharing who they really are.” The duo learned from watching Zuill onstage that sharing oneself is a powerful way to further artistic development and to connect with audiences.

The Young Artist Development Series will take place in two locations in the 2016-17 academic year: November 8-12, 2016 in El Paso, Texas, and April 10-15, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona.

El Paso Pro-Musica will provide each Young Artist with a $1,000 performance stipend, room, board, and ground transportation during the program. Peabody will provide round-trip airfare and academic credit. Young Artists will give performances of varying lengths in diverse venues including schools, museums and community organizations; lead master classes; and take part in media engagements. All activities will be coached by El Paso Pro-Musica Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and Executive Director Felipa Solis.


Open to soloists and chamber ensembles (of up to five players) comprised of second year MM, GPD, AD, and returning DMA students.

Application Instructions

A call for applications will be announced later in the school year.  Thank you.