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

Applications for the 2024 season are now open. All applications are due at 11:59 PM Mountain on Feb. 5, 2024. Audition requirements are listed below.

The Taos School of Music application pool is one of the most competitive in the US. Each year, 19 Young Artists are selected; they 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 2024 faculty quartets Borromeo, Jupiter, and Cooperstown 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

Take advantage of the early bird discount!  Submit your application before January 14, 2023.

2024 Audition Requirements  

VIOLIN

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

CONCERTO
3-5 minute excerpt from any major concerto

BEETHOVEN
String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2: 2nd mvt, opening to bar 17

SCHUMANN
String Quartet No. 3 in A Major: 4th mvt, opening to bar 48

BARTOK
String Quartet No. 2: 2nd mvt, Prestissimo to the end of the mvt

*all chamber music excerpts are 1st violin

VIOLA

BACH
Movement from an unaccompanied work

CONCERTO
3-4 minute excerpt from any major concerto

GINASTERA
String Quartet No. 2: 4th mvt, Variation III to end (viola cadenza) – DOWNLOAD PART

SMETANA
String Quartet No. 1: mvt 1, mm. 1-31

BARTOK
String Quartet No. 2: 2nd mvt, 4th bar of rehearsal 41 to the end of the mvt

CELLO

BACH
Movement from a solo suite

CONCERTO
3-4 minute excerpt from any major concerto

BEETHOVEN
Op 127: mvt 4: mm. 269 to the end

BARTOK
String Quartet No. 4: mvt 3, mm. 6-35

PIANO

SOLO WORKS
2 contrasting pieces

CHAMBER MUSIC EXCERPTS
Choose one of the following works that you’ve never studied or performed and combine a video recording of that work with your recording of two contrasting solo works. Recordings are due at 11:59 PM Mountain on Feb 12.

Mendelssohn D major cello sonata​: 1st movt.
Mozart sonata for violin and piano, K. 379: 2nd movt.
Chopin sonata for cello and piano: 1st movt.

MAKING YOUR VIDEO AUDITION RECORDING

Make sure that your recording best represents your musical abilities 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 with your application EXCEPT FOR PIANISTS. Pianists should submit their application by Feb. 5, and then email their final YouTube video to auditions ( @ ) TaosSchoolofMusic . com by Feb. 12, 11:59 PM Mountain. 

2024 Costs

APPLICATION FEE

$100

Applications close Feb 5, 2024

TUITION

FREE

ROOM & BOARD

$700

($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

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