Frequently Asked Questions


When does the application open?

Applications for 2024 are available! Applications typically open in mid-October each year for the following summer. Start your application and come back to it at any time at MyBMC

When is the application deadline? 

Application deadlines vary by program, but here's an overview: 

January 28 - College Opera
February 15 - Orchestral Studies, Composition,  Collaborative Piano
March 15 - High School Voice, Classical Guitar, Jazz Institute, Piano, Saxophone, Low Brass Seminar, Flute Seminar

Are you still accepting applications for my instrument?

Brevard accepts applications in certain instruments or voice types until all spots are filled. For a list of our current openings, please see the Institute homepage.

Am I eligible for the college division?

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

Can I apply to more than one program?

Definitely! For example, we've had many Jazz Institute, Low Brass Seminar, and Flute Seminar students also attend the Orchestral Institutes, and high school singers who attended both the Classical Voice and Musical Theater programs. Please feel free to contact [email protected] for assistance in applying to multiple programs.

Do you offer early admissions?

Yes, for applicants in piano and in violin. Visit our Early Admissions page for more information!

When will I receive my admission decision for the upcoming season?

Notification of an audition decision may occur at any time after the audition has been evaluated. All notifications will be sent via email. For most programs, notifications will go out within 2-3 weeks of the application deadline for each program. The admissions process continues until all slots are filled.

If you are up against a decision deadline for another program, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will do our best to work with you for an earlier notification.

Can international students attend Brevard?

Yes, we welcome your application! International students from over 30 countries have attended programs at Brevard over the past decade. Following your enrollment, Brevard will send you a letter that will assist you in acquiring a B1/B2 Visa for summer study.

Should I send a letter of recommendation from my private teacher?

No, letters of recommendation are not necessary for any program.

What does it mean if I'm placed on the waiting list?

It doesn't mean anything negative! Brevard can enroll only a precise number of students in each instrument or program. Some students are accepted immediately, some are denied immediately, and the rest are placed on the waiting list. When someone who was accepted declines our offer, we admit another student from the waiting list. An applicant's status on the waiting list is not disclosed. Calling the Admissions Office will not increase your chances or speed things up; your patience is greatly appreciated as we move through the process.

What is the 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. See our Concertmaster Studio page for more information.


What level of scholarship should I expect to receive?

Brevard offers scholarship support according to merit and to need, so the amount varies by program and from student to student. In recent years, Brevard has provided scholarship support to more than 70% of its students. 

What is the difference between merit and need-based scholarships?

Merit awards based on your audition, which is uploaded directly to your application as a YouTube link or audio file. You do not need to fill out the financial aid portion of the application to be considered for a merit scholarship.

Need-based scholarship support is awarded as work study. Work study students complete from 2 to 6 hours of assigned duties per week during the season, depending upon the amount of the award. Students may work as library, administrative, parking, or technical assistants, or as ushers. Various other activities are available according to qualifications, including the New Music Ensemble (college students only).

To be considered for need-based scholarship (work study) you must complete the financial aid portion of the online application. Many students receive a combination of merit awards and need-based aid.

What is the BMC Opportunity Scholarship?

The BMC Opportunity Scholarship is designed to assist historically underrepresented populations in the study of music. Open to students of Black and Latinx descent, the BMC Opportunity Scholarship program seeks to help these young musicians overcome financial obstacles that might prevent them from achieving their full potential. BMC Opportunity Scholarships are awarded in conjunction with financial aid. Students may apply for the scholarship in the Financial Aid section of the online application. Learn more about our Commitment to Diversity.

Where else can I look for scholarship assistance?

There are many places that can help you, if you do some research. Your own school, music clubs, civic and religious organizations, and even private businesses might provide scholarship assistance for summer study. Be creative and professional, and begin seeking assistance early.

Here are scholarship resources:

Can I pay my tuition by check?

Payment can be made online by signing into your MyBMC application page, or you can mail a check to the address below. If you mail a check, please make the check out to "Brevard Music Center." Be sure to write the Program name and the full name of the student in the memo field.

Mail check to:
Brevard Music Center
ATTN Admissions Department
P.O. Box 312
Brevard, NC 28712

Once the check is received, we will apply it directly to the student’s tuition and update their MyBMC account.

Campus Life

Which airport do I fly into? Is there an airport shuttle? 

BMC provides a shuttle service for students from the Asheville, North Carolina airport (AVL) to the Brevard Music Center. There is a $15 fee each way, for pick-up and for drop-off. Students can request this service through MyBMC after enrolling.

When registering for a shuttle, please list the time printed on your ticket. Shuttles are organized using the exact arrival/departure times. If you fly into another airport, you will need to find your own transportation to Brevard. 

College division participants may drive to the Music Center (free parking provided). High school division participants are not allowed to have a car on campus.

Can I bring a computer and a cell phone?

You can bring a laptop or tablet, but it isn't necessary. If you do, you will find several wireless hotspots on campus.

Yes, you can bring a cell phone. Because of the surrounding mountainous terrain, cell phone service can be spotty in some areas of the campus.

What are the housing and facilities like?

Learn more at About Our Campus.

Are religious services available?

Yes - the town of Brevard is home to a wide variety of faiths and denominations. Students who wish to attend services may carpool with other students, or make their own transportation arrangements through the desired religious institution. Some area churches send vans to meet students and bring them back to campus afterwards. Services are not held on campus.

How do I get to off-campus events?

Transportation will be provided for students involved in a limited number of outreach events at off-campus venues, as well as group recreational activities.

What is the mailing or shipping address for Brevard?

If you or an outside scholarship organization are sending a check payment:

  • Check payments should be sent to:
    Brevard Music Center 
    ATTN: Admissions Department
    P.O. Box 312
    Brevard, NC 28712

    Please write it out to Brevard Music Center and include the student/participant name in the memo field.

If you are sending a letter or package to a student during the summer season:

  • Checks, letters, or other items from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) should be sent to:
    Student Name
    Brevard Music Center 
    P.O. Box 312
    Brevard, NC 28712

  • Packages delivered by courier (FedEx, UPS, RPS, Amazon) should be sent to:
    Student Name
    Brevard Music Center 
    349 Andante Lane 
    Brevard, NC 28712 

Have more questions? Contact [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!