BYU Musicians' Institute

BYU Musicians' Institute is for elite musicians ages 14-18 who want to increase their talent by taking private lessons with members of BYU's acclaimed music faculty. This special addition to SummerFestival requires musicians to audition for acceptance into the program. Space is limited, so submit your audition as soon as possible.

BYU Musicians' Institute will be held Tuesday-Saturday immediately before BYU Musicians' SummerFestival begins. 

The focus will be on chamber music and solo literature for winds, brass, and strings. There are also sections for jazz combos and improvisation. 

We strongly encourage those who attend the Institute to also participate in the week long SummerFestival. Musicians will have the additional performance opportunties during SummerFestival, and those accepted into the Institute will receive a discounted price to participate in SummerFestival. 

We look forward to you joining us in this new era of greater music making!

Who is Summer Institute for?






Classical trumpet


Classical trombone















Alto sax

Tenor sax

Audition Submission Information

Audition videos must be submitted for review by March 2, 2018.

General Video Guidelines:

Video may not exceed 5 minutes in length. Please state your name at the beginning of the video and the title of each piece or excerpt you will perform.

Please follow the guidelines for your audition video, located below.

  1. Upload your video to YouTube, Dropbox, or other shareable sites. Please make sure your video is listed publicly so faculty may view it.

Note: When you upload a video to YouTube, the default privacy setting is “public”, which means anyone can view your video. You may easily change y our privacy setting to “unlisted” so only those with the link (i.e. BYU faculty members) can view the video.For instruments included in the classical chamber groups (violin, viola, cello, classical trumpet, horn, classical trombone tuba, oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn), please follow the same criteria for the placement videos.

For instruments included in jazz combos (piano, drums, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, alto sax, tenor sax), please follow the following criteria:

Play two jazz standards of contrasting styles. Make certain to include playing one time through the head then at least one chorus of you improvising over the chord changes. Use Aebersold play-along recordings for your rhythm sections.

You will be notified, via email, by April 2, 2018 of the status of your application. If you are selected to attend BYU Musicians’ Institute, you will then be able to register for the camp.