Coronavirus Advisory and Updates
"The education of young minds and hearts in the art of making music has been interrupted by circumstances beyond our control. At challenging times like this, the world needs great music more than ever, and the world needs more places like Brevard Music Center. We are committed to our mission and we promise to do everything in our power to ensure that our community will gather again as soon as possible, and get back to the business of making great art."
– Keith Lockhart, Artistic Director
After careful analysis of the continued global, regional, and local impact of the Coronavirus, the Trustees of the Brevard Music Center have unanimously voted to cancel our renowned Summer Music Festival, scheduled for May 30 – August 22, 2020. The Brevard Music Center, one of the country's premier training programs for young musicians, is also cancelling all educational programming during the summer of 2020.
In these uncertain times, our singular focus and guiding light remain constant: the health and safety of our students, faculty, patrons, staff, and the entire Brevard community. And so, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the BMC 2020 summer institute and festival in order to remain compliant with current health advisories, civil ordinances, and government guidelines to protect us all and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
We believe that it is our moral and ethical obligation to do everything in our power to protect the Brevard community. The very nature of BMC's purpose is to bring talented students and faculty from almost every state in the country and from around the world to our campus and into our community to participate in a transformative summer of study and performance. We also employ hundreds of seasonal staff and interns, distinguished faculty members, and world-class guest artists for a summer festival that welcomes 40,000 attendees. Mass gatherings of all of these individuals, plus hundreds of BMCA volunteers, could advance the spread of the virus…and that is a risk that we simply cannot take.
Brevard Music Center takes great pride in being a strong community partner that directly benefits the growth, economy, and vitality of Transylvania County and the region. We fully recognize that the impact of our decision will be felt by our supporters and fellow music-lovers, as well as local businesses that heavily rely on destination travel and tourism in the peak summer season. But we also know that music is a universal language and unifying force, particularly in times of crisis. In the weeks and months to come, BMC is committed to working side-by-side with business and civic leaders, collaborating on programming and planning that can provide future opportunities for our community and its residents.
Like our community and our country, the Brevard Music Center is strong and resilient. Our audiences are loyal. Our brand and reputation are stellar. We will be here for decades to come, proudly presenting beautiful music in our exquisite and inspirational setting—the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. We can't wait to see you again. Until then, be safe and well.
President & CEO
Brevard Music Center
Frequently Asked Questions
Why couldn't BMC postpone the start of its 2020 season?
We have an ethical obligation to do our part to protect our Brevard community amid the rising concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the time for BMC to make this decision was now. Unlike a standing symphony orchestra, BMC requires a much longer lead time to prepare for a summer music festival featuring almost 100 concerts and events. In late April and early May, many weeks ahead of any students and faculty arriving on our campus, BMC hires approximately 200 part-time workers. Most of our seasonal workers are new to BMC and require weeks of training to adequately prepare for our summer festival. These part-time summer workers include administrative and artistic interns, production crews, music librarians, cafeteria workers, grounds crew, lifeguards, parking attendants, and many more. We had to make our decision before these workers were hired and committed their time and talent to a summer season in Brevard.
What should I do if I've already purchased or reserved 2020 season tickets?
BMC is proactively contacting all of our 2020 season ticket buyers regarding their ticket order and offering ultimate flexibility for refunds and/or contributions to support Brevard Music Center's ongoing needs. To learn more, please contact our Box Office at 828-862-2130.
Will BMC offer performances and events in the fall / winter of 2020 at the new Parker Concert Hall?
We will be closely monitoring COVID-19 guidelines in the coming weeks and months. For updates on the status of Fall / Winter programming and events at BMC's new Parker Concert Hall, please join our email list or continue to visit our website.
I need inspiration during this time. Where can I listen to BMC concerts from past seasons?
We encourage you to "like" the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Instagram and Twitter, stream season highlights via SoundCloud, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos and highlights from previous BMC festival seasons.
What can I do to help?
Please follow the guidelines of public health experts to keep yourself safe and healthy. Secondly, please know that our BMC staff is operating from their homes at this time. Therefore, your patience during this unprecedented time—as we respond to all messages and requests—is greatly appreciated.
Students / Participants
What should I do if I've paid my deposit?
The Brevard Music Center will refund all student tuition that has been paid. This includes the deposit/enrollment fee, which is now fully refundable due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis. The Admissions Office will be in contact with more information about this process and timeline in the coming days.
Are application fees refundable?
Application fees cannot be refunded, as the costs associated with these fees have already occurred. All submitted applications have been processed by administrative staff and reviewed by faculty members. We will be in contact with students whose program enrollment was in the beginning stages, including High School Voice, Classical Guitar, and the Jazz Institute.
How can I stay connected to BMC this summer?
Submit your recent performances and interesting projects to our Admissions Office, and you might be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages! Brevard is also working on virtual learning opportunities, so stay tuned for more information.
What are the dates for next year's Summer Institute & Festival?
Summer 2021 dates will be announced by October 2020 on our website and Facebook page.