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Brevard Music Center is, at once, a place, a summer institute, and a festival.
Founded 79 years ago, the Brevard Music Center has matured into one of this country's premier summer classical music training programs and festivals. More than 400 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to the Music Center from all across the US and several foreign nations to study with members of a distinguished artist faculty and with renowned guest artists. For seven weeks, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction that includes ensembles, private lessons, and chamber music. Keith Lockhart, Music Director of the Boston Pops and the BBC Proms Orchestra in London, is the current artistic director. Lockhart is also an alumnus of BMC.
Brevard's hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June and concludes in August, as faculty and students work together to present more than 80 concerts to the public. The total audience each summer numbers more than 30,000.
Brevard Music Center is situated on a wooded 180-acre campus in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. For decades the Music Center has inspired devotion not only among its students and faculty but also among its listeners and among a vast corps of volunteers. That hundreds of persons have purchased homes in western North Carolina expressly to be near the Brevard Music Center gives some measure of the Center's significance to its community.