High School Orchestral Institute


Dates and Deadlines

Program Dates: June 23 - August 7, 2022
Deadline: February 15, 2022
Ages: 14-18
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 High School Orchestral Studies program:

  • rehearse daily and perform extensively in various ensembles
  • receive weekly private lessons
  • 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 High School Division is open to students who are at least 14 by the start date of their program and have not yet completed one year as a full-time college student. Information about our on-campus safety procedures will be updated regularly on our FAQ page.


High School Strings

BMC High School Division string students perform in the Brevard Concert Orchestra, under BMC's Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, and BMC's Resident Conductor Ken Lam. The BCO maintains a regular schedule of sectional rehearsals in addition to the daily rehearsal of the full ensemble.

Additional features of BMC's High School string program include technique and orchestral repertoire classes, string quartet seminars and coachings, and mock auditions / audition preparation classes.

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.)


High School Woodwinds / Brass / Percussion

Students in the High School Division perform in the Brevard Concert Orchestra, under BMC's Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, and BMC's Resident Conductor Ken Lam. The BCO maintains a regular schedule of sectional rehearsals in addition to the daily rehearsal of the full ensemble.

Woodwind, brass, and percussion students also participate in the Brevard Symphonic Winds under the baton of Kraig Alan Williams. The BSW commences its season with the traditional Patriotic Pops concert on July 4, always one of the Music Center's most popular events. The Symphonic Winds feature performances of advanced repertoire not typically available to high school ensembles.

Additional features of BMC's High School program include technique and orchestral repertoire classes, auxiliary instrument classes, and mock auditions / audition preparation classes. Woodwind students may also participate in reed-making seminars. Additional features of BMC's High School Brass / Percussion program include participation in "Just Brass," a concert that brings together all BMC brass players on campus, and participation in "Supersonic," the annual percussion concert that includes all BMC percussion faculty and students.


Tuition and Payment Schedule

The tuition for the six-week High School 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.


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 two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

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 two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Woodwinds

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Brass / Percussion

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

Audition

Perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles.

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 the following:

  • A symphonic-style snare solo/etude
  • A standard orchestral snare drum excerpt
  • A keyboard solo
  • A standard orchestral tambourine excerpt
  • A timpani solo