Take a step toward the most profound professional experience you’ll ever have. 

Applications for the 2024 season will open in November 2023 and be due in February 2024. The audition requirements below are for your reference only; each season features newly specified repertoire. 

The Taos School of Music application pool is one of the most competitive in the US. Each year, 19 Young Artists are selected and represent leading conservatories from around the world. TSoM alumni can be found in leading orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and teaching positions throughout the world.

Apply to the Taos School of Music

Those who attend the School universally consider the experience to be the seminal experience of their career development. Taos School of Music alumni can be found in all of the country’s leading orchestras and in famed chamber music ensembles throughout the world.

At the School, you’ll:

  • Forge close personal relationships with leading chamber ensembles, including the Borromeo, Brentano, Cooperstown, and Shanghai Quartets and pianists Robert McDonald and Thomas Sauer
  • Transform into a higher manifestation of your artistic self
  • Develop the confidence to bring works to the stage in condensed time periods
  • Expand your professional network to include the leading musicians of today and tomorrow
  • Rejuvenate in the magical mountains of Taos Ski Valley and be inspired by the rich cultural and artistic legacy of Taos – one of the country’s most important artistic centers

Sample Audition Requirements  


Any fugue from a Bach solo sonata or 3-5 minute excerpt from the Chaconne from the D Minor Partita

3-5 minute excerpt from any major concerto

Quartet in G, K. 387, 1st mvt, exposition

String Trio, Op. 9, No. 1, 4th mvt, 1-37

String Quartet No. 4, 5th mvt, mm. 261-299

*all chamber music excerpts are 1st violin


Movement from an unaccompanied work

3-4 minute excerpt from any major concerto

Bb String Quartet: III, Agitato (Allegretto non troppo); beginning through 1st 32-bars of trio (rehearsal F in Simrock) 

String Quartet Op. 95, IV: Allegro to end


Movement from a solo suite

3-4 minute excerpt from any major concerto

Op 127: Mvt 1: Bars 135 to 189 downbeat

Trio Op 99: Mvt 2: Bars  3-23 downbeat


2 contrasting pieces

On Feb. 1, Mr. McDonald will assign several chamber music excerpts; you will choose one that you have never studied to prepare and record. This recording will be included alongside the recordings of your solo works.


Make sure that your recording best represents your musical abilitiy and personality. First impressions count!

Videos should use only one camera and may not be edited beyond trimming the beginning and end of the take. Each work may be recorded separately, but the repertoire must match the requirements exactly. Piano accompaniment is not required. Please combine your videos into a single file and upload to YouTube. Be sure to create timestamps for each work included in your submission. And, please label the video with your name. 

The link to your YouTube audition video is DUE MIDNIGHT FEBRUARY 8 , 2023. If you did not include the audition link in your application, please email it to auditions ( @ ) TaosSchoolofMusic . com. 

2023 Costs



Applications close Feb 1, 2023

*Early bird discount ends January 13, when the application fee increases to $100.





($350 due upon acceptance, $350 due one week prior to 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!

Submit your application before January 13, 2023 to take advantage of the early bird discount!