Young Artists Program

Sounds Promising is an apprenticeship program uniquely committed to young musicians’ professional development. The program is designed for serious, pre-college instrumentalists and composers. 

For more information about our Young Performers program, read on.

For more about our Young Composers program, click here


Side-by-side performances with professionals

Salastina musicians coach students not only by talking at them, but also by playing in ensembles with them -- a rarity at the pre-college level. Each student has the opportunity to open a Salastina main series performance, playing in groups consisting mostly of professional players. Pending performance level, students may be invited to perform on one of the following season's professional concerts.

Admittance into the program also grants access to Salastina's professional rehearsals. In this way, the students familiarize themselves with not only the repertoire, but also with the inner workings of the professional rehearsal process. Attendance at all Salastina main series performances is required.


Working with living composers

Each young performer is paired with a young composer, who writes a chamber piece to be performed by the young artists and Salastina musicians.

Occasionally, Salastina commissions works from professional composers especially for students. (Watch this live performance clip of a world premiere, commissioned specifically for young artists.)

Whether the composers are students or professionals, Salastina gives talented pre-professional performers the opportunity to work closely with living composers. Traditionally, this critical professional skill is developed later on in music education. Last season, for example, one of our young performers performed three world premieres alongside Salastina musicians -- having never played a single new work before. 


Producing their own concert

In today's musical landscape, playing well is not enough to make a mark. Learning to play the instrument well is rightly the focus of most music education programs.

Sounds Promising guides students through the process of producing their own concert from start to finish. This includes selecting repertoire, making programs, developing their public speaking skills, promoting the event, and more.

This gives students crucial entrepreneurial experience, leading them to think bigger about what their contributions to cultural life can be.  

Tuition, Dates, and Details

For more information, please click here

2017-2018 Participants

To learn more about our current young artists, click here.

To learn more about our current young composers, click here.

2016-2017 Participants

To learn more about last season's young artist ensembles, click here.

To learn more about last season's young composers, click here.

In partnership with Junior Chamber Music

Salastina is happy to provide select groups from Junior Chamber Music with the opportunity to participate in Sounds Promising.

Here's what Junior Chamber Music participant D'aci Knight (16, viola) had to say about her experience "Playing with the Pros," a collaboration between Junior Chamber Music and Salastina, in April 2016:

"I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to get to play with you. It was so much fun getting to rehearse with such an amazing musician and I hope I can do it again! Watching you play on Friday and seeing how much fun you were having on stage confirmed my desire to play music professionally. It was so inspirational, and I am looking forward to seeing you perform again! Thank you for everything!"

Students who may not be ready for Sounds Promising should look into participating in Junior Chamber Music, which offers stellar instruction to a wider variety of levels.