2021 Composition Institute

Dates and Deadlines

The Composition Institute will be held during Session 2 of BMC 2021. 

Session 2: June 24 - July 24, 2021

Application deadline: March 15, 2021

The Program

The composition program offers unique opportunities for a select group of young composers, ages 14-29. Enrollment is limited. Brevard's composition faculty works closely with students and provides instruction through weekly private lessons and a daily seminar.

While in residence, students produce new works which 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.

Composition students have access to the composition lab, a pair of adjoining rooms housing MIDI keyboards, printers, and audio equipment. Students bring their own computers, and may elect to use their preferred notation software.

Each season Brevard invites renowned guest artists to present concerts, classes, and seminars focusing on new music and contemporary performance practices. Recent collaborators have included Sō Percussion, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Shanghai String Quartet, and Mason Bates.


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.


Four-week session: $5000. Tuition 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.


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

A limited number of Resident Assistant (RA) positions are available. Brevard's Resident Assistants provide guidance to younger students and supervise student living quarters. In 2021, RA appointments vary by program and session. Note: There are no Teaching Assistants in 2021.

Session 2 students selected as a Resident Assistant will serve as an RA for both Session 2 and 3. Session 2 & 3 RAs must remain on campus and work through August 10, 2021.

RAs have the same educational 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:

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


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.* 

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