2021 Virtual Composition Institute

Dates and Deadlines

Updated virtual program dates: July 5 - 30, 2021

The Composition Institute will be held virtually this year! See our COVID-19 Resources page for more information about this decision.

Application deadline: Submit by April 15 for priority review.

The Program

The Virtual Composition Institute offers unique opportunities for a select group of young composers. In 2021, this virtual program is open for composers ages 12-35. Enrollment is limited. Brevard's composition faculty works closely with students and provides instruction through weekly private lessons and a daily seminar.

During the program, students will produce new works that are performed in a series of public concerts. Students collaborate closely with Brevard's New Music Ensemble, comprised of instrumentalists in the College Division who have demonstrated ability and interest in the performance of new music. During the season, Brevard's performing ensembles devote time to reading and recording new student works.

Program features include:

  • 1 live-streamed and recorded performance of a chamber work (instrumentation will be assigned in May); composers will attend rehearsals via Zoom and there will be rehearsal coaching by on-site performance faculty
  • 1 recorded reading for either Sinfonietta (18-player chamber orchestra) or full orchestra; composers will attend virtually
  • recordings of your chamber work and orchestra reading (for non-commercial use)
  • four hours of private lessons
  • daily (weekday afternoons) two-hour seminars with faculty, guests, and other students

All participants will need reliable Internet access.


Robert Aldridge, Professor and Head of Composition – Rutgers University

David Dzubay, Professor and Chair of Composition – Indiana University

Greg Simon, Assistant Professor of Composition – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Audition Requirements

Admission to the Brevard Music Center is determined by audition. Composition applicants submit a dossier of works. 

Submit a portfolio that includes at least two scores and audio recordings. All files can be directly uploaded into your application. Once you upload one composition (PDF score + audio file), the application will save and allow you to upload additional files.

Tuition & Scholarships

The tuition for 2021’s four-week, Virtual Composition Institute is $2150. This includes all online instruction, activities, recordings, and access to streamed BMC orchestra and chamber music concerts.

The application fee is $35. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $800 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance and applies toward the cost of tuition. The tuition balance is due by May 15, 2021.

The tuition rate for our virtual programs already includes scholarship support and reflects the final cost.

Eligible students may apply for the BMC Opportunity Scholarship, which 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. 

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


All payments, except the $35 application fee and a $500 enrollment fee (included in total tuition), 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.