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

Application Due Date: February 1, 2023 (midnight EST)
Video Audition Link Due Date: February 8, 2023 (midnight EST)

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

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

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

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

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

*all chamber music excerpts are 1st violin

VIOLA

BACH
Movement from an unaccompanied work

CONCERTO
3-4 minute excerpt from any major concerto

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

BEETHOVEN
String Quartet Op. 95, IV: Allegro to end

CELLO

BACH
Movement from a solo suite

CONCERTO
3-4 minute excerpt from any major concerto

BEETHOVEN
Op 127: Mvt 1: Bars 135 to 189 downbeat

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

PIANO

SOLO WORKS
2 contrasting pieces

CHAMBER MUSIC EXCERPTS
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.

MAKING YOUR VIDEO AUDITION RECORDING

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

APPLICATION FEE

$85*

Applications close Feb 1, 2023

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

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

Start Your Application!

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