2021 College Orchestral Institute


Dates and Deadlines

Updated Program Dates: July 1 - August 8, 2021

We have updated our plans for the College Orchestral Institute, which will be held in person as a 5+ week session this summer. See our COVID-19 Resources page for more information about this decision.

Application deadline: March 31. Available spots: Apply now for violin and viola. This list will be updated as spots are filled after April 1.


The Program

Orchestral performance forms the heart of the Brevard Music Center. Students who play orchestral instruments or collaborative piano may enroll in the Orchestral Studies program. Information about our on-campus safety procedures will be updated regularly on our COVID-19 Resources page.

All students in the 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
  • have the opportunity to participate in the New Music Ensemble with the Virtual Composition Institute

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


College Strings

String students in BMC's College Division work side by side with the artist faculty in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Music Center's flagship ensemble. The orchestra performs important repertoire under its Artistic Director Keith Lockhart and distinguished visiting conductors. Each summer world-renowned soloists appear with the BMC Orchestra.

College Division students also perform in the Brevard Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra that likewise works under the Artistic Director and guests. In 2021, this orchestra will also rehearse and perform side by side with faculty members.

String students perform with both orchestras on a rotational basis. In a single week, string students play in one orchestra. The BMCO and Brevard Sinfonia maintain a regular schedule of sectional rehearsals in addition to the daily rehearsal of the full ensembles.

Additional features of BMC's College string program include:

  • Masterclasses with Brevard's faculty and visiting guest artists / teachers
  • Weekly studio classes
  • Technique and orchestral repertoire classes
  • Mock auditions/Audition preparation
  • Specialized electives and seminars

BMC's Concertmaster Studio provides a select group of violin students with the opportunity to study with some of the world's greatest concertmasters. In 2021, Concertmaster Studio students will study with BMC guest concertmaster Charles Mutter (BBC Concert Orchestra). 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.)

Students interested in the Collaborative Piano Program apply through the College Orchestral Institute. Students accepted into this advanced, 5+ week program will concentrate on collaborative activities under the guidance of Deloise Lima. Each student enrolled in the Collaborative Program will be assigned to a variety of instrumental studios, and will be responsible for the accompaniment needs of those studios in lessons, studio classes, masterclasses, performances, and concerto competition contestants. 


College Woodwinds / Brass / Percussion

Woodwind, brass, and percussion students in BMC's College Division work side by side with the artist faculty in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Music Center's flagship ensemble. The orchestra performs important repertoire under its Artistic Director Keith Lockhart and distinguished visiting conductors. Each summer world-renowned soloists appear with the BMC Orchestra.

College Division students also perform in the Brevard Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra that likewise works under the Artistic Director and guests. In 2021, this orchestra will also rehearse and perform side by side with faculty members.

The weekly schedule for students varies according to repertoire. The BMCO and Brevard Sinfonia maintain a regular schedule of sectional rehearsals in addition to the daily rehearsal of the full ensembles.

Additional features of BMC's College program include:

  • Masterclasses with Brevard's faculty and visiting guest artists / teachers
  • Weekly studio classes
  • Technique and orchestral repertoire classes
  • Breathing classes
  • Auxiliary instrument classes
  • Clinics on instrument care and repair
  • Instrument-specific ensembles
  • Mock auditions/Audition preparation

Woodwind students may also participate in reed-making seminars. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players may also participate in large, "conducted" chamber ensembles as well as in standard smaller groups, e.g., brass and woodwind quintets, percussion ensemble. BMC's all-student New Music Ensemble presents world-premiere readings of Brevard's composition students.

Please note: Beginning this year, saxophonists apply directly to the Saxophone Institute.


Tuition and Payment Schedule

Tuition for the 5+ week, 2021 College Orchestral Institute is $5000. 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.

The application fee is $65. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $800 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance and applies toward the cost of tuition.


Scholarships

Brevard Music Center 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.

Students are encouraged to seek financial assistance from outside sources. Schools, music clubs and organizations, youth orchestras and bands, service clubs (e.g., Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.), businesses, and foundations may be willing to help. Be professional and creative, and start planning early.

Organizations providing scholarships for musicians

Students apply for Brevard's scholarships online, as part of the regular application process. Applying for scholarship support requires disclosure of certain financial information and a detailed statement of need.


BMC Opportunity Scholarship

The BMC Opportunity Scholarship is designed to assist historically underrepresented populations in the study of music. Open to students of African-American 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. 


Resident Assistants

Brevard Music Center students in the college division may apply to serve as Resident Assistants. Note: There are no Teaching Assistants in 2021. 

A limited number of Resident Assistant (RA) positions are available. Brevard's Resident Assistants (RA) provide guidance to younger students and supervise student living quarters.

RAs have the same ensemble and performance opportunities as other college division students. RAs pay only a non-refundable enrollment fee of $800 which covers tuition, room, and board.

An RA applicant must:

  • be at least 20 years of age by June 1, 2021
  • submit the separate Resident Assistant application (within the general application)
  • be accepted first as a student
  • submit to a formal background check, if selected

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.*

* For refund policies specifically related to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, please visit our FAQ page.


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.


Strings

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Harp

Collaborative Piano

Woodwinds

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Brass / Percussion

French Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Bass Trombone

Tuba

Percussion

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