One spot available in Session 2! Apply now to be considered for Summer 2023.
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.
Features of the 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 Composition Institute
Students may also participate in orchestra and wind ensemble. The program will also feature 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.
Students in the saxophone program will participate in the BMC Chorus. In 2023, the BMC Chorus will join Artistic Director Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in the season finale performance of Verdi's Requiem on August 6.
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.
Dates and Deadlines
- Full Session, June 23 - August 6, 2023 (six weeks)
- Half Session 1, June 23 - July 15, 2023 (three weeks)
- Half Session 2, July 15 - August 6, 2023 (three weeks)
Deadline: One spot available in Session 2! Apply now to be considered for Summer 2023.
Tuition: $8800 Full Session, $4850 Half Session; includes all instruction, housing, and meals
Scholarships: BMC offers both merit scholarship and financial aid support as part of the application process
Application fee: $65
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).
Submissions do not have to be one continuous take; once you add one selection, the option to add another will appear.
Tuition and Payment Schedule
Tuition 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.
A non-refundable enrollment fee of $950 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance and applies toward the cost of tuition. The remaining tuition balance is due by May 15.
All payments, except the $65 application fee and $950 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.
Brevard Music Center offers scholarship support according to a student's audition and demonstrated financial need, and program need. In recent years, Brevard has provided scholarship support to more than 70% of its students. Scholarship support includes merit, need-based, and the BMC Opportunity Scholarship open to students of Black and Latinx descent.
Please visit the Scholarship section of our FAQ page for more information.
Brevard Music Center students in the College division may apply to serve as Resident Assistants (RA). RAs have the same ensemble and performance opportunities as other students. RAs pay only a non-refundable enrollment fee of $950 which covers tuition, room, and board, and must be 21 or older by the start date of their program.
A limited number of RA positions are available in the Saxophone Institute. Brevard's RAs supervise student living quarters and provide guidance to younger students. Two RAs live in each high school residence; one RA lives in each college residence.
Selected individuals will participate in a telephone interview, and, if chosen, submit to a formal background check and participate fully in the RA orientation sessions prior to student arrival. Note: All Resident Assistants, including saxophone RAs, must arrive on Monday, June 12 and depart on Tuesday, August 8, 2023.