College Orchestral Institute


Dates and Deadlines

Program Dates: June 19 - August 7, 2022
Deadline: February 15, 2022
Ages: 18-29
Tuition: $7850, includes all instruction, housing, and meals
Application fee: $65, apply through MyBMC - Application opens November 2!


The Program

Orchestral performance forms the heart of the Brevard Music Center. Students who play orchestral instruments may enroll in the Orchestral Studies program for an intensive summer training experience.

All students in the Orchestral Studies program:

  • rehearse daily and perform extensively in various ensembles
  • receive weekly private lessons
  • may participate in formal chamber music study coached by BMC's artist faculty
  • may perform in solo and chamber concerts
  • may participate in masterclasses
  • may attend open rehearsals with world-renowned concert soloists
  • may compete in the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition
  • may attend other orchestra, chamber, solo, and opera performances

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. Information about our on-campus COVID-19 safety procedures will be updated regularly on our FAQ page


College Strings

String students in BMC's College Division work side by side with the artist faculty in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Music Center's flagship ensemble. The orchestra performs important repertoire under its Artistic Director Keith Lockhart and distinguished visiting conductors. Each summer world-renowned soloists appear with the BMC Orchestra.

College Division students also perform in the Brevard Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra that likewise works under the Artistic Director and guests. String students perform with both orchestras on a rotational basis. In a single week, string students play in one orchestra. The BMCO and Brevard Sinfonia maintain a regular schedule of sectional rehearsals in addition to the daily rehearsal of the full ensembles.

BMC's all-student New Music Ensemble presents world-premiere readings of Brevard's composition students. Additional features of BMC's College string program include masterclasses, studio classes, technique and orchestral repertoire classes, mock auditions / audition preparation, and specialized electives and seminars.

BMC's Concertmaster Studio provides a select group of violin students with the opportunity to study with some of the world's greatest concertmasters. Students in the Concertmaster Studio will receive weekly private lessons, orchestral leadership training, and will participate in studio classes and masterclasses. Acceptance into the Concertmaster Studio is by audition. (Selection into the Concertmaster Studio does not guarantee a principal seat in orchestra.)


College Woodwinds / Brass / Percussion

Woodwind, brass, and percussion students in BMC's College Division work side by side with the artist faculty in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Music Center's flagship ensemble. The orchestra performs important repertoire under its Artistic Director Keith Lockhart and distinguished visiting conductors. Each summer world-renowned soloists appear with the BMC Orchestra.

College Division students also perform in the Brevard Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra that likewise works under the Artistic Director and guests. The weekly schedule for students varies according to repertoire. The BMCO and Brevard Sinfonia maintain a regular schedule of sectional rehearsals in addition to the daily rehearsal of the full ensembles. BMC's all-student New Music Ensemble presents world-premiere readings of Brevard's composition students.

Additional features of BMC's College program include masterclasses, studio classes, technique and orchestral repertoire classes, clinics on instrument care and repair, mock auditions / audition preparation, and specialized electives and seminars. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players may also participate in large, "conducted" chamber ensembles as well as in standard smaller groups, e.g., brass and woodwind quintets, percussion ensemble.


Tuition and Payment Schedule

Tuition for the seven-week College Orchestral Institute is $7850. This includes all instruction, housing, meals, and the opportunity to attend on-campus concerts and other events. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

A non-refundable enrollment fee of $800 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance and applies toward the cost of tuition. The remaining tuition balance is due by May 15.

Refunds

All payments, except the $65 application fee and $800 enrollment fee, will be fully refunded if the Center receives notice of cancellation due to serious illness before May 15. Written verification from an M.D. is required before a refund can be made. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure. No refunds will be made after May 15.


Scholarships

Brevard Music Center offers scholarship support according to a student's audition and demonstrated financial need, and program need. In recent years, Brevard has provided scholarship support to more than 70% of its students. Scholarship support includes merit, need-based, and the BMC Opportunity Scholarship open to students of African-American and Latinx descent.

Please visit the Scholarship section of our FAQ page for more information.


Teaching Assistants and Resident Assistants

Teaching assistants (TA) and resident assistants (RA) have the same ensemble and performance opportunities as other students. TAs and RAs must pay a non-refundable enrollment fee of $800 which covers tuition, room, and board, and must be 21 or older by the start date of their program.

Teaching Assistant

A limited number of TA positions are available in Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, and Percussion. Duties for teaching assistants may include coaching younger students, teaching classes, and assisting faculty. 

Resident Assistant

A limited number of RA positions are available. Brevard's RAs supervise student living quarters and provide guidance to younger students. Two RAs live in each high school residence; one RA lives in each college residence. 

Selected individuals will participate in a telephone interview, and, if chosen, submit to a formal background check and participate fully in the RA orientation sessions prior to student arrival. Note: Resident Assistants must arrive on Monday, June 13, 2022 and depart on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.


Audition Requirements

Admission to the Brevard Music Center is determined by audition. 

Accompaniment is optional. Total audition length should not exceed 12 minutes.

Audio or video recordings are accepted for all instruments except percussion (must submit a video audition). Upload audio recordings or link(s) to YouTube video auditions directly into your application.

Choose your instrument or program to view specific audition requirements.


Additional Information By Instrument

Strings

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Concertmaster Studio

If you wish to be considered for the Concertmaster Studio, please also perform:

BRAHMS Symphony 1

  • Concertmaster solo from mvt 2 - Rehearsal Letter "E" until the end of the movement.

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

  • Concertmaster solos
    • mvt I - Recit.Lento (mm. 14-18)
    • mvt II - opening solo (mm. 1-5)
    • mvt IV - Recit.Lento (mm. 8-9)
    • mvt. IV - Recit.Adagio (mm. 29-30)

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Students applying for this program should have a broad range of experience in the field of accompanying.

Submit two examples of collaborative material from the standard repertoire i.e., sonatas, trios, other chamber music. You may include art songs, as well.

Do not send concerto reductions. Video auditions are preferred and encouraged.

Woodwinds

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

  • Solo:
    • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto - exposition only
  • Excerpts (choose at least 3 from the following 5):
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream: opening through the trills
    • Beethoven: Symphony #8 - movement 3: trio with repeats
    • Brahms: Symphony #3 - movement 2: opening only through end of solo
    • Rimsky - Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol - movement 1: solos only
    • Sibelius: Symphony #1 - opening solo

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Brass / Percussion

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition

Note: Percussion auditions may exceed the 12 minute time limit.

Percussionists must submit a video audition by including YouTube video link(s) in their application. 

Prepare a program that includes all of the following:

  • A symphonic-style snare solo/etude
  • Two standard orchestral snare drum excerpts
  • A keyboard solo
  • Two standard xylophone excerpts
  • One standard glockenspiel excerpt
  • One standard orchestral cymbal excerpt
  • A standard orchestral tambourine excerpt
  • A timpani solo
  • Two standard orchestral timpani excerpts
  • Optional demonstration of standard drum-set styles for possible performance opportunities with ensembles