Concertmaster Studio

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. Additional audition excerpts are required - see the "Audition Requirements" section below.

Selection into the Concertmaster Studio does not guarantee a principal seat in orchestra.

Past concertmasters have included leaders from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Learn more about the program in this Student Spotlight Video

Summer 2024 Concertmasters

Robyn Bollinger (two weeks) - Concertmaster, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Peter Otto (two weeks) - Concertmaster, Nashville Symphony

Charles Mutter (three weeks) - Co-Concertmaster, BBC Concert Orchestra

How to Apply

You can apply for the Concertmaster Studio as part of your Orchestral Studies application! Simply respond yes to the question under the "Education" tab of your application and upload your additional audition excerpts.

The Concertmaster Studio is limited to 7-8 students total, with a mix of high school and college division students depending on their ability.

Audition Requirements

High School Orchestral Institute: Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

College Orchestral Institute: Perform a solo and between 1 to 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

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.

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)

If you need a copy of the excerpts, please contact us at [email protected] for assistance.