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About the Young Artist Development Series

In partnership with the El Paso Pro-Musica, the Young Artist Development Series (YADS) 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.

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Nathan Cornelius’ masterclass at Hanks High School, Mesa.

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. Unlike other young artist training programs, there is no critique of technique or musicianship. Instead the focus is on communication skills, audience engagement, and programming experimentation.

The YADS residencies will be in El Paso, Texas, and Mesa, Arizona.  Activities will be coached by El Paso Pro-Musica Artistic Director, Zuill Bailey, and Executive Director, Felipa Solis.

Past participants (and locations) include:

  • duo Nikita Borisevich and Margarita Loukachkina (El Paso, 2015)
  • Marquis Brass (El Paso, Fall 2016)
  • Trio Jinx (El Paso) and Marquis Brass (Mesa, Spring 2017)
  • Nathan Cornelius (El Paso) and Trio Jinx (Mesa, Fall 2017)

Residencies Dates & Locations

The 2018 YADS residencies will take place in two locations during the dates below:

  • November 7-11, 2018 in El Paso, Texas
  • November 12-16, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona

Stipend & Travel

El Paso Pro-Musica provides each Young Artist with a $1,000 performance stipend, room, board, and ground transportation during the program. Peabody provides round-trip airfare and academic credit.


Young Artists are expected to give performances of varying lengths in diverse venues including schools, museums and community organizations; lead master classes; and take part in media engagements.


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

Application Instructions & Auditions

Please submit applications using this form.

Applications should include the following:

  • Letter of interest and list of qualifications for YADS
  • Resumes and bios of each performer (up to five performers for ensembles)
  • Audition repertoire (15-minutes)
  • Proposed concert program (80-minutes)
  • Applications deadline for 2018 cycle is April 6, 2018.
  • Finalists selected for auditions will be notified on April 13, 2018
  • Auditions and interviews will be held on April 24, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Decisions will be announced by May 11, 2018