2021 Classical Guitar Institute

For Guitarists ages 14-29!

Adam Holzman, Director

Dates and Deadlines

The Classical Guitar Institute will be held during Session 1 of BMC 2021.

Session 1: June 7 - 19, 2021 (two weeks)

Application deadline: Extended through the month of March. See our COVID-19 Resources page for more information.

The Program

Under the direction of Professor Adam Holzman, Brevard's Classical Guitar program is an intensive course of study offering private lessons, chamber music coachings, and masterclasses for guitarists ages 14-29.

Each student will receive at least one hour a week of private lessons and will have multiple opportunities to attend and perform in weekly masterclasses. Instruction is geared to the level and specificity of the student.

Areas of focus will include:

  • technique and sound production
  • interpretation
  • pedagogy
  • stage deportment
  • entrepreneurship
  • competition preparation
  • college audition preparation
  • chamber music and guitar ensemble

Advanced students may have the opportunity for chamber music drawing on the wealth of talent from the other festival participants. Concert opportunities, both on and off campus, will be offered to those ready for performance and the course will culminate in a class recital.


Adam Holzman, Director

Audition Requirements

Admission to the Brevard Music Center is determined by audition. Guitarists must submit a video recording by including YouTube video link(s) in their application.

Perform 3 solo works of contrasting styles.


The tuition for the Classical Guitar Institute is $2500. Tuition includes all instruction, housing, meals, and transportation in Brevard. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

The application fee is $45. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance.

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


Brevard Music Center offers limited scholarship assistance for the Classical Guitar Institute according to a student's audition and demonstrated financial need, and program need.

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 Classical Guitar Institute may apply to serve as Resident Assistants for the two-week program. 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. Session 1 RAs pay only a non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 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


All payments, except the $45 application fee and $500 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.*

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

Typical Daily Schedule

7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:10 - 10:00 a.m. Technique class
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Practice time
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Topics in Pedagogy (Wednesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Private Lessons (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) *
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Private Lessons (Thursday) *
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Masterclass (Monday, Wednesday)
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Chamber Music Coaching (Tuesday)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Issues / Answers; class discussion of all topics (Wednesday)
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Masterclass (Thursday)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Concerts or evening activities

Unscheduled times shall be used for personal practice, rest, and recreation.

* Private lesson times are arranged with the teacher