College Programs

The College Division is for students ages 18 through 29 who have completed at least one year as a full-time college student. In addition to current undergraduates, many students in the program have graduated or are presently enrolled for graduate study.

Update for Summer 2021: Due to housing restrictions that limit our capacity to less than 25% of a usual season’s enrollment, BMC will run only four on-campus programs this summer — College Orchestral Institute, College Opera Institute, and college-division Jazz and Saxophone programs. Piano, Composition, and the Guitar Institute will be offered as robust virtual programs for ages 12-35.

For more information about our program changes and on-campus safety procedures, please visit our COVID-19 Resources page.

Updates for our Summer 2021 programs:


Summer 2021

The health and safety of our participants is our number one priority. Brevard is working with local and state health officials, along with campus and venue reopening specialists, to develop guidelines and protocols designed to keep our students, faculty, staff, and patrons safe. Our College Orchestral Institute, College Opera Institute, and college-division Jazz and Saxophone programs will proceed in person.

On-Campus Changes for Summer 2021 include:

  • Vaccines required for all on-campus students, faculty, and staff
  • Reduced number of students on campus
  • One person per dorm room
  • Modified dining services
  • Increased use of open-air spaces throughout campus
  • Robust COVID-19 protocols

We will continually work to update information and adjust our plans as needed. For more information about our on-campus safety procedures, please visit our COVID-19 Resources page.


A Brief Introduction

What does a summer at BMC include?

Students in the orchestral studies, piano, collaborative piano, classical guitar, and composition programs receive private lessons from Brevard's artist faculty and may participate in studio or masterclasses. Opera students receive private coachings in lieu of lessons.

Instrumentalists have the opportunity for formal chamber music coaching with members of the artist faculty.

Students have the opportunity to perform solo and chamber music in Brevard's weekly student recitals.

There are formal, required classes for students in Piano, Collaborative Piano, Composition, Classical Guitar, and Opera, and sectional rehearsals for students in Orchestral Studies.

All BMC students may attend open rehearsals with world-renowned concert soloists. Students have the opportunity to attend on-campus orchestra, chamber, solo, and opera performances throughout the summer.

Who comes to Brevard?

Students come from nearly every state and in fact, from around the world. Their backgrounds are different, but all are gifted and driven to musical excellence. Each student contributes to the unique community that is the hallmark of Brevard. The environment allows students to surpass themselves as musicians, as artists.

How can I participate?

To apply to Brevard, you must:

  • be 18 through 29 years old and have completed one year as a full-time college student (for the College Division)
  • pay the application fee (non-refundable)
  • submit an audition

Audition requirements vary by program. Applications and auditions must be complete by the posted deadline. (Applications remain open until enrollment is complete.)

What does it cost?

Tuition varies by program type and length. Tuition is an all-inclusive fee. There are no extra fees for private lessons, food service, concert admission, or access to on-campus health services.

Does Brevard offer scholarships?

Yes. Brevard offers scholarship support according to a student's audition and demonstrated financial need, and program need. In 2019, Brevard provided scholarship support to more than 70% of its students.

Scholarships from Brevard come in two forms:

  • Merit awards based on the student's audition
  • Work-study awards based on financial need

Requesting financial aid is simple – it's part of Brevard's online application process.