Frequently Asked Questions


How is Brevard preparing for the 2021 Summer Institute?

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.

We have made the very difficult decision to cancel all in-person high school and most college programs this summer. The cancellation of our residential high school programs is the most heartbreaking element of the ongoing conditions for all of us here at BMC, but the health and safety of all involved remain our highest priority. Together we have hope and high expectations for 2022, and we look forward to staying connected with one another until we can meet and perform together again.

Our College Orchestral Institute, College Opera Institute, and Jazz Institute (limited to college-division participants only) will proceed with in-person programs.

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

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

If BMC is forced to change (or cancel) any of our performances or educational programming due to the coronavirus and those changes do not fit your summer program needs, please rest assured that you will have the opportunity to request a refund for any and all fees paid up to that point.


Admissions

If I was enrolled as a student at Brevard in 2020, do I need to audition again for 2021?

Everyone – even alumni – must apply and audition each year, and we are happy for you to apply again. Contact admissions@brevardmusic.org if you have any questions.

When is the application deadline?

Application deadlines vary by program.

Can international students attend Brevard?

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

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

No, letters of recommendation are not necessary.

When will I receive my admission decision for the 2021 season?

Notification of an audition decision may occur at any time after the audition has been evaluated.

A letter and enrollment information will be sent to those students who are admitted. The admissions process continues until all slots are filled.

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.


Scholarships

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 2019, Brevard provided scholarship support to more than 70% of its students.

To be considered for need-based scholarship (work study) you must complete the financial aid portion of the online application. Merit awards are based solely on your audition.

The BMC Opportunity Scholarship is open to students of African-American and Latinx descent. BMC Opportunity Scholarships are awarded in conjunction with merit and work study scholarships. Students may apply for the scholarship in the Financial Aid section of the online application.

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 now.

Visit this website for a comprehensive list of organizations that provide scholarships for musicians. Below is a list of other web sites that may be helpful to you.

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

Merit awards are determined by the audition for admission. Many students receive a combination of merit awards and need-based aid.

Need-based scholarship support is awarded as work study. Work study students complete from 2 to 8 hours of assigned duties per week, depending upon the amount of the award. Students may work as library, administrative, or technical assistants or as ushers. Various other activities are available according to qualifications.

Can I pay by check?

Payment can be made online by signing into your 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:

ATTN Admissions Department
Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane
Brevard, NC 28712


Campus Life

Can I bring a computer and a cell phone?

You can bring a laptop, but it isn't necessary; if you do, you will find several wireless hotspots on campus. Brevard has a computer lab available if you don't have or want to bring a laptop.

Yes, you can bring a cell phone. Because of the terrain, cell phone service can be spotty in some areas of the campus. Verizon has a tower in Brevard and is known to work most reliably. Phones from some providers may not work as well.

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. 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 the off-campus concerts?

In 2021, all BMC concerts will be held on the Brevard Music Center campus. Transportation will be provided for students involved in a limited number of outreach events at off-campus venues.

What is the mailing or shipping address for Brevard?

Mail should be sent to:

ATTN Admissions Department
Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane
Brevard, NC 28712

Have more questions? Contact admissions@brevardmusic.org. We look forward to hearing from you!