2021 Virtual Piano Institute

Dates and Deadlines

Program dates: July 19 - 30, 2021

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

Application deadline: Accepting applications on a rolling basis - apply now!

The Program

This year’s Virtual Piano Institute at Brevard offers students ages 12-35 the chance to work with world-renowned faculty. This year’s unique, affordable program will be held entirely online while uniquely connecting to performances and events by the on-campus College Orchestral Institute and the Virtual Composition Institute.

This exciting, two-week program provides:

  • private lessons with members of the piano faculty
  • student and faculty recitals
  • studio and masterclasses with faculty and guest artists
  • special topic classes in entrepreneurship, piano literature, performance practice, and more
  • access to specialized seminars and workshops by BMC instrumental and vocal faculty from the College Orchestra and College Opera programs
  • streamed performances of orchestra concerts and faculty chamber music concerts
  • access to orchestra rehearsals, specifically to repertoire that features orchestral piano parts
  • opportunities for program collaborations with the Virtual Composition Institute

This virtual program is open to all students ages 12-35, with events designed to fit a variety of schedules and also available as recorded material. 

Each faculty member will give one masterclass, hold two studio classes, and give a special topic class / presentation. Norman Krieger is a featured guest artist, and there will be faculty and student recitals each week! Participants will also have the opportunity to stream orchestra concerts and faculty chamber music performances.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with our faculty and fellow pianists - apply now


Jihye Chang

Michael Chertock

Donna Lee

Deloise Lima*

Douglas Weeks

Terrence Wilson

With guest Norman Krieger

*Coordinator, Collaborative Piano Program

Audition Requirements

Admission to the Brevard Music Center is determined by audition. Pianists may upload audio recordings or link(s) to YouTube video auditions directly into the application. 

Perform two contrasting solo works or movements from different style periods. 

Tuition & Scholarships

The tuition for 2021’s virtual, two-week piano program is $950. This includes all online instruction, activities, and access to streamed BMC orchestra and chamber music concerts.

The application fee is $25. Tuition payment options are:

  • Pay in full at the time of enrollment
  • Pay 50% within 2 weeks of acceptance and the balance 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 $25 application fee and the minimum 50% tuition payment due at enrollment, 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.

Sample Daily Schedule (weekdays)

9:00    Practice Zoom Room
10:00  Lessons or individual practicing
11:00  Lecture / Presentation (by a different faculty member each day)

1:30    Masterclasses, Studio Classes, or Presentations
2:30    Lessons or individual practicing
3:30    Masterclasses MWF or Student Recitals T Th
4:30    Faculty Recitals

Evenings - there will be some concerts and electives (presentations by our on-campus orchestral faculty) made available to you.

Activities will take place on weekdays between July 19-30.