Based in Putney, Vermont with a national agenda and a growing international presence, Yellow Barn draws professional musicians from the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Since 1969, participants in Yellow Barn’s summer festival have explored music spanning a wide range of eras and genres alongside faculty members who are among the most highly regarded performers and pedagogues of our time. One of those faculty members spoke for the entire community when he said, “Yellow Barn is an artistic center of gravity for me.”
In addition, Yellow Barn has established the Young Artists Program for performers and composers ages 13-20, known for the collaborative creation and performance of 12 new works each session; the Artist Residencies, which is the first retreat program in the country for performing musicians at all stages of their careers; collaborations with “Yellow Barns” in other fields, notably a concert series at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas that regularly hosts Music From Yellow Barn; and partnerships that transform typical business practices, including a relationship that far exceeds a typical rental agreement through shared space and curricular workshops at the Greenwood School for boys ages 12-18 with language-based learning differences.
Yellow Barn Music Haul is the broadest interpretation of Yellow Barn’s mission. The first self-contained traveling stage of its kind, Yellow Barn Music Haul redefines what a concert hall can be. It brings music to grammar schools and conservatories, urban neighborhoods and arts districts, city lots and open fields. It plays for people regardless of their experience with or knowledge of music, their attention captured in the unexpected moment. With Yellow Barn Music Haul we realize music’s fundamental purpose, and inherent ability, to communicate in ways that defy definition and move us without explanation.