Brevard Music Center Summer Institute

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our Summer 2021 offerings.

In-Person: College Orchestral Institute, College Opera Institute, and college-division Jazz and Saxophone programs will proceed in person.

Virtual: Piano, Composition, and Classical Guitar programs will be offered as robust virtual programs for ages 12-35.

Cancelled: We have made the very difficult decision to cancel all in-person high school programs for 2021. Please see our COVID-19 Resources page for more information about this decision.

Select the High School or College division to learn more about our in-person, virtual, and cancelled programs.

World-Class Artists and Music

Brevard Music Center stands as one of this country's premier summer training programs and festivals. More than 500 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to the Music Center every summer to study with a distinguished faculty of over 80 artists from the nation's leading orchestras, colleges, and conservatories.

"Brevard Music Center is an oasis away from the rest of the world where I can do what I love uninterrupted for 7 weeks."

Under the artistic direction of acclaimed conductor and BMC alumnus Keith Lockhart – Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London – passion, commitment, and excellence are signatures of Brevard's summer programs.

Participants learn by sitting with principal players from major symphonies, attending seminars with Grammy-winning composers, working with masterful conductors and soloists, and attending the nearly 80 performances presented each season.

Over the past eight decades, the Brevard Music Center has welcomed many of the world's most famous musicians to perform with our talented student orchestras. Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Conrad Tao, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Renée Fleming are just a few of the artists who have graced the stage of our 1800-seat open air, lakeside auditorium during a music festival that welcomes over 40,000 attendees each summer.

A Community of Musicians

The hallmark of the Brevard Music Center is the powerful sense of community that is created every June through August. In a rigorous yet empowering program of instruction and professional performance, students and faculty co-exist on campus, collaborate in the classroom, and perform as one on the stage. Private lessons are complemented and enhanced by participating in orchestral, chamber, and opera performances.

Immerse Yourself in Music

Become part of the BMC community. Experience the thrill of performing with the world's most celebrated artists. Practice your craft and develop your skills in a picturesque rehearsal studio – in nature, beside the lake, amongst the white pines, alongside the stream. Share a communal lunch or an impromptu conversation with faculty and guest artists in our cafeteria. Interact with patrons who fill our auditoriums and love to hear your music.

We welcome you, the next generation of musicians and artists. We encourage you, and challenge you, to experience the magic of the Brevard Music Center. In a community of musicians, you will be transformed. On the stage and in the classroom, you will be inspired. In just one summer, you will make new friendships that will last a lifetime.

This is Brevard. Be inspired. Be here.