Program Overview


The mission of the Young Artist Program is to provide comprehensive chamber music training for dedicated young instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. The Young Artist Program aims to educate, motivate, and inspire excellence and artistry at every level.

The Young Artist Program offers the following opportunities to program participants:
  • Ensemble performance: chamber music and large ensembles.
  • The opportunity to study with YAP Artist Faculty and MGSA Collegiate faculty.
  • Young Artist Forums presented by leading performing artists, instructors and members of the music industry
  • Performance opportunities at Rutgers University and in the community.
Available Ensembles:
All ensembles require a minimum enrollment of 3 participants.  Duos are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Violin Ensemble
  • Classical Guitar Ensemble
  • Cello Ensemble (view syllabus)
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • String trios, quartets, and larger ensemble configurations
  • Mixed ensembles including combinations of the following instruments: strings, woodwind, piano, brass, classical guitar, and harp

All groups will receive certificates of merit based on attendance, improvements throughout the year, workshop participation, and performances.  All groups will be given the opportunity to perform on our yearly recitals as well as additional opportunities at libraries, residential facilities, and other places that will be arranged.  Those groups that meet the eligibility guidelines will have the opportunity to be sponsored for the National Young Artists Chamber Music and Ensemble Competition which is run by the National League of Performing Arts, Inc.


Young Artist Program ensembles work with faculty coaches and Mason Gross collegiate interns on Sunday afternoons, for two hours, on a monthly basis (October – May).  Each session is two (2) hours in duration.  During the first hour-and-a-half, the coach and intern will work with the group.  During the last half hour, the intern works with the ensemble on his/her own to review what has been taught, and to prepare the group to practice effectively for the next coaching session.


Performance forums occur every three meetings following Sunday coaching sessions (see schedule below).  They are open to all members of Chamber Music at Mason Gross ensembles and provide an opportunity for ensembles to perform for one another.  Faculty members lead post-performance discussions which encourage constructive, supportive feedback from all program participants.  Guest teaching artists may be engaged to lead these forums, and to present or perform for participants as well.


The Young Artist Program requires that students audition for placement purposes.  
  • All who audition for Young Artist Program will be accepted pending availability of appropriate chamber music placement.
  • The Young Artist Program is open to instrumentalists and composers, ages 9-18, and vocalists ages 14-20.

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