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Young Artist Program:
Chamber Music

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What is the Young Artist Program?

The Young Artist Program (YAP) is an advanced 4-hour, Saturday music program at meets at Stony Brook University.

Why choose YAP?

The three-part curriculum focus on chamber music as a way to build individual confidence, musical leadership, and lifelong performance skills. 

  1. Chamber music : Small groups like string quartets or piano trios where each performer plays their own part combines the challenge of being a soloist with the camaraderie of playing in an orchestra.
  2. Masterclasses : Weekly interactive workshops with faculty and guest artists covering movement, improvisation and important performance techniques.
  3. Musicianship: Our unique music theory program combines ear training, music history, listening, and composition, creating a more well rounded and knowledgeable musician.

What does a typical day at YAP look like?

YAP meets weekly on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The day is broken up into three parts - chamber ensemble, masterclass, and musicianship - with breaks for lunch and to rest and socialize with other students.

When does YAP perform?

YAP has two public concerts per year in the beautiful Staller Center Recital Hall. There is no additional cost for tickets, and family and friends are welcome to see the work of the students and faculty.


1. Register Online

2. At the end of the registration form you will schedule a live audition.

3. You will be contacted with the results of the audition via email.


Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass), woodwinds, brass, piano


All classes meet on Saturdays.  A typical day begins at 10:00 AM and concludes at 2:00 PM.


Concerto Competition
The annual concerto competition is open to all Pre-College Division students for any instrument or voice. The winner will perform with the University Orchestra in March on the Main Stage of the Staller Center for the annual Children’s Concert. The concerto should be standard repertoire, and short works or a movement of a concerto should be approved by the director and the conductor well in advance. Auditions will be held in November.

Dinner and a Show
Twice a year we host a student-only event with a free dinner and tickets to chamber music concert at the Staller Center for the Arts. Students can bring friends along for a small additional fee.

Free tickets to Music Department and Staller Center events
Throughout the year students and their families have access to exclusive concerts and events held at the Staller Center. This past year families were able to experience the Emerson String Quartet, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Stony Brook Opera and Faculty Recitals at no cost.


Full year tuition: $2300

Tuition is all-inclusive and covers the cost of concerts and tickets to all events. There are no additional fees or expenses required for the year. Incremental payment plans are available.


Need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available to qualified families. After acceptance to the program, a separate financial form must be completed.


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For more information, please call us at (631) 632-7313 or email