High School Programs

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel all in-person high school and many 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 those participants until we can meet and perform together again.

Due to housing restrictions that limit our capacity to less than 25% of a usual season's enrollment, BMC will run only four on-campus programs this summer — College Orchestra, College Opera, and the Jazz and Saxophone Institutes (limited to college-division participants only). Piano, Composition, and the Guitar Institute will be offered as robust virtual programs for ages 12-35.

2021 Programs of Study:

2021 In-Person High School Program Cancellations:


A Brief Introduction

What does a summer at BMC include?

Once we resume all in-person programming in 2022, High School students:

  • receive weekly private lessons from Brevard's artist faculty
  • may take classes in music theory and literature
  • may perform solo and chamber music in Brevard's student recitals
  • may participate in masterclasses
  • may attend open rehearsals with world-renowned concert soloists
  • may attend on-campus orchestra, chamber, solo, and opera performances

Programs in the High School Division range from two weeks to six weeks. Students in the High School Division will encounter older students at concerts, in studio and masterclasses, and in the cafeteria, providing valuable opportunities for guidance and mentorship. However, high school students have their own ensembles, their own residences, their own campus life system, and their own social activities.

Who comes to Brevard?

Students come from nearly every state and in fact, from around the world. Their backgrounds are different, but all are gifted and driven to musical excellence. Each student contributes to the unique community that is the hallmark of Brevard. The environment allows students to surpass themselves as musicians, as artists.

How can I participate?

To apply to Brevard, you must:

  • be at least 14 years old by the start date of your program
  • pay the application fee (non-refundable)
  • submit an audition

Audition requirements vary by program. Applications and auditions must be complete by the posted deadline. (Applications remain open until enrollment is complete.)

What does it cost?

Tuition varies by program type and length. Tuition is an all-inclusive fee. There are no extra fees for private lessons, food service, concert admission, or access to on-campus health services.

Does Brevard offer scholarships?

Yes. Brevard offers scholarship support according to a student's audition and demonstrated financial need, and program need. In 2019, Brevard provided scholarship support to more than 70% of its students.

Scholarships from Brevard come in two forms:

  • Merit awards based on the student's audition
  • Work-study awards based on financial need

Requesting financial aid is simple – it's part of Brevard's online application process.