Young Artist Program

The Birdfoot Festival’s Young Artist Program gives young musicians 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 empowers 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.

Program participants work closely with the program’s Resident Teaching Artists and the Birdfoot Festival’s outstanding chamber musicians. Program instructors are all inspiring artists and outstanding teachers who communicate their enthusiasm for chamber music as well as the skills needed to rehearse and play music in small ensembles.

As a Birdfoot Young Artist, you will also 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.

• View the mini-documentary about Birdfoot’s Young Artist Program and why it has been an integral part of Birdfoot’s programming since the festival’s very first season.

• Download the 2017–2018  Young Artist Chamber Music Program brochure HERE

• Read more about Birdfoot’s Young Artists Program in this feature article in The New Orleans Advocate here.

• Listen to an interview with a Young Artist Program coach and view a photo essay on the Young Artist Program by New Orleans photographer Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee here.

What does it cost?
The mandatory October 22 workshop fee is $65. Tuition for the full program is $300/student (contact the Birdfoot office to request a need-based scholarship or arrange a payment plan). In addition to monthly coachings, the February workshop, and masterclasses, participating Young Artists receive free admission to all Birdfoot Festival concerts and interact with Birdfoot artists as VIP guests for the 2018 Birdfoot Festival concerts on May 30, 31, June 1, and 2, 2018.

When does it take place?

Young Artist Program participants must be available for coachings and masterclasses on:

• Sunday, October 22, 2017 (12:30–4 PM): Introductory workshop in New Orleans at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall.

• Sunday, November 5, 2017 (1 PM–4 PM): Ensemble coaching

• Sunday, December 3, 2017 (1 PM–4 PM): Ensemble coaching

• Sunday, January 14, 2018 (1 PM–4 PM): Ensemble coaching

• Sunday, January 28, 2018 (1 PM–4 PM): Ensemble coaching

• Sunday, February 25th, 2018 (10:30 AM–5 PM): Workshop, performance class, and Community Concert

• Sunday, March 11, 2018 (1 PM–4 PM): Ensemble coaching

• Sunday, April 15, 2018 (1 PM–4 PM): Ensemble coaching

• Sunday, May 6, 2018 (1 PM–4 PM): Ensemble coaching

• Sunday May 27, 2018 (2–4:30 PM): Young Artist Day at the Birdfoot Festival Artist Residency

• Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (3:30–5 PM): Birdfoot Festival Young Artist Program Performance Class, Downtown New Orleans

• Thursday, May 31, 2017 (7–7:45 PM): Young Artist Program Showcase Concert

• Saturday, June 2, 2018 (7–7:45 PM): Young Artist Program Showcase Concert

• All participants are expected to attend the Birdfoot Festival’s evening concerts on May 30, 31, June 1, and 2, 2018.

How to apply for the 2017–2018 Young Artist Program:

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 registration for the mandatory, October 22, 2017 Fall Workshop using the link below by the end of Sunday, October 15, 2017.
  2. Participate in the workshop on October 22, 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 registration) that will be explored during the October 22 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. Workshop participants will be notified by October 29 if they are accepted into the full program. Upon acceptance, Young Artists will participate in monthly coachings with this program’s resident teaching artists, a full-day workshop (February 25, 2018), coachings and masterclasses with Birdfoot Festival Artists (May 27 and 29, 2018), Showcase Concerts before Birdfoot Festival concerts (7–7:45 PM on May 31 and June 2, 2018), and a final concert for all program participants (6 PM on June 3, 2018).

Download the 2017–2018  Young Artist Chamber Music Program brochure HERE

Step 1: Fill out and submit the 2017–2018 Young Artists Program Fall Workshop online registration form for each participant by midnight on Friday, October 20, 2017.


Step 2: Submit workshop fee ($65 per student) by the end of Friday, October 20, 2017 online:

Pay workshop fee online

or by sending a check (on or before October 16, 2017) to:

Birdfoot Festival
6055 General Meyer Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70131