Young Artists

Young Artist Program

Immerse yourself in an exceptional learning opportunity…

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Each August in historic St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Tuckamore Festival brings together aspiring young artists and renowned faculty and guest artists to present two exciting weeks of music.

The Young Artist Program offers musicians the opportunity to immerse themselves in chamber music and solo repertoire.  Up to 25 talented musicians are selected for this intensive two-week program that offers mentorship and chamber music coaching from faculty and guest artists, experiences with new music by young composers at the Festival, as well as private lessons, workshops and master classes at Memorial University’s School of Music. In addition to providing professional-level performance opportunities, the Festival offers participants a chance to experience the cultural heritage of this unique region of Canada. Participants stay on the Memorial University campus, just a short walk from beautiful downtown St. John’s, and organized trips outside of the city are offered.

Participants are accepted based on artistic merit and availability of instrument openings. Groups are formed and ensemble repertoire is selected prior to the Festival by the Artistic Directors. Chamber music parts are distributed by June 1.

Download our e-brochure for complete information on the 2019 Young Artist Program.

Who should apply?

Gifted, hard-working pianists and string players aged 16 or older who are passionate about performing solo and chamber music.

A typical day at Tuckamore

Individual practice and rehearsal (morning), Chamber group rehearsal (afternoon), private lessons and chamber music coaching (every other day), performance opportunities, masterclasses and workshops, a world-class concert series performed by faculty and guest artists, Bodymapping sessions, with Jennifer Johnson, Licensed Andover Educator.

2019 Guest Artists and Faculty

Parker Quartet, Bergmann Piano Duo, Quartetto Gelato, Duo Concertante, Erika Raum, David Harding, Florian Hoefner, Vernon Regehr, Andrew Staniland, and collaborative pianist Patrick Cashin.

Fees (in Canadian Dollars)

  • Tuition – $1100
  • Housing and Meal Plan – $900


At least one successful applicant will receive a full tuition scholarship, awarded on the basis of merit, travel requirements, and demonstrated need. Almost every other participant will receive a half tuition scholarship.


Participants stay in residence on the campus of Memorial University. Residences are a few minutes from the Music Building and are near local shops, banks, restaurants, laundry, and other facilities.

Audition for Memorial University’s School of Music

Tuckamore Festival has partnered with Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music to offer on-site, live, early auditions for entrance to their degree programs. Festival participants in their final year of high school may perform a live audition for the Bachelor of Music program. Similarly, participants in their final year of an undergraduate music degree may perform a live audition for the Master of Music program. Information on Memorial University’s School of Music programs can be found at


“This experience far exceeded my expectations. Thank you for all of your advice, time and energy throughout…I will never forget these two weeks.”

I absolutely loved it! We get so much out of it. Lessons, masterclasses, workshops, performances, planned excursions and such a wide variety of concerts; Tuckamore has been a very enriching experience in all aspects.

Tuckamore had amazing teachers who continuously encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone. From the time I woke up in the morning, to the time I went to bed, I was surrounded by music. I’m glad that Tuckamore gave me that experience.”