2021 High School Orchestral Institute


Important note: this program has been cancelled for 2021. Please see our COVID-19 Resources page for more information about this decision.

 

The Program

Orchestral performance forms the heart of the Brevard Music Center. Students who play orchestral instruments may enroll in the Orchestral Studies program.

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

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:

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

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.)


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:

  • 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 (i.e. trombone choir, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble)
  • Mock auditions / Audition preparation

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.

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


Tuition

The tuition for the High School Orchestral Institute is $5000. This includes all instruction, housing, meals, and transportation in Brevard. 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.

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


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. 


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 1.

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 1.


Audition Requirements

Important note: this program has been cancelled for 2021. Please see our COVID-19 Resources page for more information about this decision.

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

Woodwinds

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Brass / Percussion

French Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Bass Trombone

Tuba

Percussion

This program has been cancelled.