Young Artist Chamber Music Program
“I love the communication and joy of playing with other musicians” — Participant
About Birdfoot’s Young Artist Program:
“Playing in a chamber ensemble is a little bit like driving a really agile car.”
—Kristopher Tong, Birdfoot violinist
The Birdfoot Festival’s award-winning Young Artist Program gives you, the young musician, the chance to “be in the driver’s seat.” Guided by international-caliber musicians and working with a small group of your peers, the Young Artist Program will empower you to make musical decisions and develop your musical voice. This series of intensive chamber music coachings, workshops, masterclasses, and performance opportunities will expand your musical abilities, imagination, and leadership skills.
Young Artist Program participants have gone on to study music at Harvard, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Peabody Conservatory, among others.
As a participant in the program, you will work closely with the Birdfoot Festival’s outstanding chamber musicians in addition to being mentored by the Logos String Quartet. As a Birdfoot Young Artist, you will participate in workshops and masterclasses while collaborating with like-minded peers. At the end of the program, selected ensembles will perform before Birdfoot Festival concerts, and all groups will play a final concert.
Private teachers of participating Young Artists are recognized in the Birdfoot Festival concert program.
• Listen to an interview with a Young Artist Program coach and view a photo essay from the 2013 and 2014 Young Artist Programs taken by New Orleans photographer Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee here.
“The synergy between the musicians is just fantastic.” —Prach Boondiskulchok, Birdfoot pianist
2016–2017 Young Artist Program Resident Teaching Artists
The Logos String Quartet, joining the Young Artist Program as resident Teaching Artists for the 2016–17 season, is formed of internationally acclaimed artists and teachers Espen Lilleslåtten, Roxana Pavel, Elias Goldstein, and Dennis Parker. All deeply devoted to education, the quartet members are on the faculty at Louisiana State University’s School of Music. They enjoy sharing their ideas and inspiration with music students from around the world while exploring the ever-expanding canon of great quartet literature.
How to participate:
The Young Artist Program is open to advanced high school–age musicians. Exceptional younger musicians and undergraduate ensembles are occasionally accepted.
Both individual musicians and pre-formed chamber ensembles (duos, piano trios, string quartets, woodwind or brass quintets, etc.) are invited to apply for the Young Artist Program. Individual applicants, whenever possible, will be placed in an ensemble with other musicians of similar age and level, which will work together throughout the year.
1. Submit your application using the link below by the end of Sunday, October 16, 2016.
2. Participate in the mandatory introductory workshop on October 23, 12:30 PM–5 PM. All participants will prepare a short set movement of chamber music (which will be sent to you upon receipt of your application) that will be explored during the October 23 workshop. Pre-formed ensembles may also bring repertoire that they are learning. Please contact the Birdfoot Festival if you have questions about repertoire and musical level.
3. Young Artists accepted into the full program will participate in monthly coachings with members of the Logos String Quartet, a full-day workshop (February 12, 2017), coachings and masterclasses with Birdfoot Festival Artists (May 28 and 30, 2017), Showcase Concerts before Birdfoot Festival concerts (7:15 PM on June 2 and 3, 2017), and a final concert for all program participants (June 4, 2017). Full program dates and participation requirements are listed on the Birdfoot Festival website.
Participating Young Artist Program ensembles must be available for coachings and masterclasses on:
• Sunday, October 23, 2016 (12:30–5 PM): Introductory workshop and Community Concert at the University of New Orleans’ Performing Arts Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive.
• Sunday November 13, 2016 (1 PM–4 PM): Coaching with Logos String Quartet
• Sunday January 22, 2017 (1 PM–4 PM): Coaching with Logos String Quartet at the UNO Performing Arts Center
• Sunday February 12th, 2017 (10:30 AM–5 PM): Workshop, performance class, and Community Concert at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation George and Joyce Wein Center
• Sunday March 12, 2017 (1 PM–4 PM): Coaching with Logos String Quartet at the UNO Performing Arts Center
• Sunday April 23, 2017 (1 PM–4 PM): Coaching with Logos String Quartet at the UNO Performing Arts Center
• Sunday May 7, 2017 (1 PM–4 PM): Coaching with Logos String Quartet at the UNO Performing Arts Center
• Sunday May 28, 2017 (2–4:30 PM): Young Artist Day at the Birdfoot Festival Artist Residency at Madewood Plantation in Napoleonville, LA
• May 30, 2017 (3:30–5 PM), Birdfoot Festival Young Artist Program Performance Class at the Contemporary Arts Center
• Young Artist Program Showcase Concert: Friday, June 2, 2017 (7–7:45 PM) at the Contemporary Arts Center
• Young Artist Program Showcase Concert: Saturday, June 3, 2017 (7–7:45 PM) at location TBA
• Young Artist Program Final Concert: Sunday, June 4, 2017 (6 PM) at Lafargue Pianos, Metairie
• All participants are expected to attend the Birdfoot Festival’s evening concerts on May 31, June 1, 2, and 3, 2017.
Step 1: Fill out and submit the 2016–2017 Young Artists Program application for each participant here by midnight on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
Step 2: Submit workshop fee ($65 per student) by the end of Sunday, October 16, 2016 online here:
or by sending a check (on or before October 17, 2016) to:
6055 General Meyer Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70131
What does it cost?
The mandatory October 23 workshop fee is $65. Tuition for the full program is $250/student (contact the Birdfoot office to request a need-based scholarship or arrange a payment plan). Participating Young Artists receive free admission to Birdfoot Festival concerts and interact with Birdfoot artists as VIP guests for the 2017 Birdfoot Festival concerts on May 31, June 1,2, and 3, 2017.