Young Artists

Young Artist Program

Immerse yourself in an exceptional learning opportunity…


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.

View our e-brochure here for complete information on the 2021 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.

2021 Guest Artists and Faculty

Tuckamore Faculty: Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves (Duo Concertante), Vernon Regehr and Andrew Staniland, with the Verona Quartet,  Gryphon Trio, Alexander Kortsantia, Serena Canin, Dov Scheindlin, 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 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


“I made incredible connections with teachers, mentors, and colleagues in a part of Canada that I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to meet and work in.”

“With all the amazing instruction from the guest artists and faculty I feel like   I have an excellent head start on my upcoming year of music making.

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.”