Apply to the Taos School of Music


We are so glad you’re interested in applying to the Taos School of Music Summer Chamber Music Festival. The 2022 summer session runs from June 13 – August 8.

Applications will open on November 1, 2021
We accept students between the ages of 18 and 29. All successful applicants must commit to the full eight weeks of the festival.

Take advantage of discounted early bird fee!  Submit your application before January 19, 2022

2021 Audition Requirements  



• Schumann String Quartet A Major, Op. 41 no. 3,
1st violin – mvt. 4, mm. 1-48
• Bartok String Quartet No. 3,
1st violin Coda – beginning to #9
Mendelssohn String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 no. 2, 1st violin – mvt. 3, opening to m. 18
Any Fugue from a Bach solo sonata or the Chaconne from the D in minor Partita
• One movement of any major concerto


• Beethoven String Quartet Op. 95
4th movement – m. 123 to end
• Brahms String Quartet Op. 51, No. 2
1st movement – m. 214 (L) – m. 272
• One movement of any major concerto
• One movement from an unaccompanied work of your choice


• Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, No. 1
2nd movement – m. 337 – 423
• Brahms String Quartet Op. 51, No. 2
2nd movement – m. 92 – 107
• One movement of any major concerto
• One movement of solo Bach cello


Unfortunately, for the summer 2021 season, Mr. McDonald will not be holding live or recorded auditions. We invite you to apply next fall for the 2022 season.

Video Auditions (all instruments)

Please provide a link (YouTube) to a current video file of you performing your audition repertoire. The audition repertoire may be recorded in separate takes but please combine the takes on one track before submitting the link to us. Video auditions must include exact audition requirements. Applicant’s name must be clearly labeled on the filename of the recording. Do not use an accompanist.

Tips for making a good recording:

  • Choose a space that looks and sounds good for your recording
  • Choose a recording devise that records good sound quality
  • Check your recording before submitting for sound quality and video quality.
  • Remember, this is your first impression.

Video links must be received by February 1, 2022

Applications are due January 27, 2022

2022 Costs



up to January 19, 2022

$90 from Jan 20-Jan 27





($300 due upon acceptance, $300 due upon arrival)

“My summer at the Taos School of Music fostered a sincere love for chamber music that continues, to this day, to be my motivating and inspirational force for all areas of my musical work. The Hotel St. Bernard remains a precious place in my heart, and my piano trio which formed at Taos, Trio St. Bernard, pays homage to its namesake.”

Sahun “Sam” Hong

Pianist · Arranger

“The coaching is spectacular, as are the performers and the location. It is the ideal place for the serious chamber musician.”

Stephanie Block

Viola, 2014 & 2015

“At Taos, I am looking forward to getting the chance to work with excellent chamber music mentors, as well as meeting and collaborating with new peers and discovering more about myself as a musician through lots of ensemble playing.”

Brandon Garbot

Violin, 2013
The Cleveland Institute

Start Your Application!

Take advantage of discounted early bird fee!  Submit your application before January 17, 2021.