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How to Apply

The first step to begin application is to review the Rules & Info, Tuition & Fees, and to fill out the Audition Application Form. The application process for the YAMA International Program is divided into two phases—Phase I – Music & Phase II – Academic—and is on a rolling basis. Proceeding into Phase II of the application process occurs at the successful completion of Phase I. All details and pertinent deadlines for both Phases are detailed below.

The Rolling Admissions Process

YAMA International invited all prospective applicants to apply at any point during the calendar year. Depending on when the Audition Application is received, the applicants will enter one of two application pools—for admission to the Fall (September–December) or admission to the Spring (January–May) semesters. If it is critical for the candidate to land in a specific pool, please pay close attention to deadlines associated with each pool.

Dates & Deadlines

The Fall Semester lasts from August–December of any calendar year. The admission cycle for fall semester entrants begins in November of the previous year.

Phase I – Music

  • November 15: Audition application submission deadline
  • November 25: Candidates selected from audition application pool and notified of next steps
  • January 1–January 15 (of consecutive calendar year): Live Auditions window in China
  • February 15: Candidates selected from live auditions pool and notified of next steps; Selected applicants move onto Phase II of the application process.

 

Phase II — Academic

  • April 1: Academic application deadline for The Barstow School
  • May 1: Academic application decisions go out to candidates
  • May 15: Signed enrollment contract due
  • June 15: Annual tuition payment due

The Spring Semester lasts from January–May of any calendar year. The application cycle for this education period begins ~8-9 months in advance of education start date. Pertinent deadlines and information is below:

Phase I – Music

  • May 15: Audition application submission deadline
  • May 25: Candidates selected from audition application pool and notified of next steps
  • August 1–24: Live Auditions window during Lake Como Summer Piano School in Italy (available to Summer School Participants only)
  • September 1–10: Live Auditions window in Kansas City, USA
  • September 15: Candidates selected from live auditions pool and notified of next steps; Selected applicants move onto Phase II of the application process.

 

Phase II — Academic

  • November 1: Academic application deadline for The Barstow School
  • November 15: Academic application decisions go out to candidates
  • November 20: Signed enrollment contract due
  • December 1: Annual tuition payment due