2021 Saxophone Institute

Dates and Deadlines

Updated Program Dates: July 1 - 24 , 2021

We have updated our plans for the 2021 Saxophone Institute, which will be held in person on new dates and for college-division students only (ages 18-29 who have completed at least one year as a full-time college student). We have made the very difficult decision to cancel all in-person high school programs in 2021. See our COVID-19 Resources page for more information about this decision.

Application deadline: Submit by March 31 for priority review! Offers will be made on a rolling basis beginning April 1.

The Program

Brevard's Saxophone Institute offers students the chance to work with world-renowned faculty on our 180-acre wooded campus in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. The 2021 program is open to college-division students, ages 18-29. Information about our on-campus safety procedures will be updated regularly on our COVID-19 Resources page. COVID-19 vaccines are required for all on-campus students, faculty, and staff for the 2021 season.

Features of the 2021 program include:

  • Emphasis on solo and chamber music playing
  • Private lessons and chamber music coachings
  • Regular studio classes and masterclasses
  • Technique and repertoire classes
  • Multiple performance opportunities
  • Collaboration with Brevard’s Virtual Composition Institute

This single-session program will feature master classes, private lessons, quartet, and possibly mixed-chamber music groups as well as plenty of time for rehearsal and practice sessions. Each student will have several performance opportunities.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to experience a myriad of music performances, master classes, lectures, and other various types of musical events by leading national and international musicians. All BMC students may attend on-campus orchestra, chamber, solo, and opera performances throughout the program. 


Joseph Lulloff

Henning Schröder

Audition Requirements

Admission to the Brevard Music Center is determined by audition. Saxophonists may upload audio recordings or a video audition.

Accompaniment is optional. Total audition length should not exceed 12 minutes.

Perform two contrasting solo works or movements from different style periods. Works must be written specifically for saxophone (no transcriptions).


Tuition for the 3-week, 2021 College Saxophone Institute is $3150. 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 $45. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance.


Brevard Music Center offers limited scholarship assistance for the Saxophone 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

Due to the program length and housing requirements, no resident assistant (RA) positions are available for the 2021 Saxophone Institute.


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 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.