Young Artists Program

Sounds Promising is an apprenticeship uniquely committed to young musicians’ professional development. The program is designed for a serious, pre-formed, pre-college chamber ensemble. 


Side-by-side 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. Students open four of Salastina's main series performances, 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. They may also be invited to serve as apprentice coaches. Admittance to 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

By commissioning new works written especially for them -- and working closely with the composer who wrote the piece -- Salastina shows talented pre-professionals what it’s like to work with a living composer. Traditionally, this critical professional skill is developed later on in music education. This focus on new music will include working with young composers their own age. Watch this live performance clip of a world premiere, commissioned specifically for young artists. 


Producing their own concert

The year-long program culminates in the students producing their own concert from start to finish. 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. Through Sounds Promising, Salastina guides the students through the process of programming their own concert, making programs, developing their public speaking skills, and promoting the event. This gives them crucial entrepreneurial experience, leading them to think bigger about what their contributions to cultural life can be.  

Tuition, Dates, and Details

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2016-2017 Participants

To learn more about our current young artist ensembles, click here.

To learn more about your current 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.