Young Artist Life

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Young Artists are housed at the charming village of Taos Ski Valley. Located at 9300 ft (2834 m), the Village is surrounded by beautiful forests and meadows making it an ideal setting for the School.


Housing and Meals

Closed to visitors, the Columbine Inn is exclusive to the Young Artists and provides guest rooms, dining area, rehearsal studios and a gathering area. Young Artists are housed either in a single or double room at the Inn.


School Format

The TSoM is unique because music is not preassigned prior to the Young Artists’ arrivals. On day one, groups are formed (usually consisting of three string quartets, one piano trio and one piano quartet). The faculty then chooses the repertoire – works unfamiliar to the musicians – with performances taking place 12 to 13 days later.

All string players play in a piano ensemble and all violinists play both first and second violin. Ensembles are shuffled so no two people play together more than twice. Young Artists perform four separate concerts every two weeks with Mondays being a day of rest allowing Young Artists to explore the mountains or the historic town of Taos.

Typical Daily Schedule

Breakfast

8AM – 9AM 

Personal Practice

9AM – 10AM

Rehearsal / Coaching

10AM -12PM 

Lunch

12:15PM – 1PM

Rehearsal / Coaching

1:30PM – 3:30PM

Rehearsal / Coaching

4PM- 6PM

Dinner

 6:15PM – 7PM

Daily schedulesare flexible and each group sets a schedule that works for them and their coach. This may vary day to day. They are also able to schedule free time to get out and enjoy the mountains.

Off Time

Taos Ski Valley has a myriad of hiking trails. The tallest peak in New Mexico, at 13,161 feet is located at Taos Ski Valley and is one of the area’s most popular hikes. In addition to incredible hiking, you might encounter a slew of amazing wildlife from the smallest mammals and birds to bighorn sheep and black bears.

If you’re looking for a small, remote setting to study chamber music for eight weeks, then the Taos School of Music is the place for you.

Breakfast

8AM – 9AM

Personal Practice

9AM – 10AM

Rehearsal / Coaching

10AM -12PM

Lunch

12:15PM – 1PM

Rehearsal / Coaching

1:30PM – 3:30PM

Rehearsal / Coaching

4PM – 6PM

Dinner

6:15PM – 7PM

Daily schedules are flexible and each group sets a schedule that works for them and their coach. This may vary day to day. They are also able to schedule free time to get out and enjoy the mountains.

Off Time

Taos Ski Valley has a myriad of hiking trails. The tallest peak in New Mexico, at 13,161 feet is located at Taos Ski Valley and is one of the area’s most popular hikes. In addition to incredible hiking, you might encounter a slew of amazing wildlife from the smallest mammals and birds to bighorn sheep and black bears.

If you’re looking for a small, remote setting to study chamber music for eight weeks, then the Taos School of Music is the place for you.

“My time at Taos was truly a life changing experience. The extraordinarily high level of music-making and the intimacy of the environment inspired tremendous growth in me, both as a musician and as a person. In my career now, not a day goes by where I don’t draw upon the knowledge and wisdom gained from my two summers there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Robert Anemone
Violinist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Applications for the 2023 season will open November 1, 2022.