Registration Info


  • Tuition scholarships are available thanks to a generous gift by Dr. Rafael G. Méndez Jr. and Dr. Robert Méndez. These shall be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come basis.
  • Scholarships are available in amounts up to $500, and can only be applied towards tuition costs. Scholarships are not applied to housing costs.
  • Enrollment is limited to 140 participants.
  • Full tuition is $875 and includes daily communal lunches and t-shirt.
  • Tuition does not include a non-refundable application fee
  • Scholarships are available in amounts up to $500 each. Every applicant is eligible for a scholarship!


There are 50 AUDITOR positions available.  Auditors attend events at the institute but do not participate in ensembles.  No audition recording is required of auditors.

  • Auditor tuition is $225 for the week
  • A drop-in auditor rate is available at $50/day.
  • Lunch is provided as part of the tuition fees.

To apply as an auditor, click here


  • The scholarship award covers tuition, but DOES NOT INCLUDE accommodations.
  • All applicants are automatically applying for a scholarship with their application to the Institute.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on merit. These awards can vary from $200 to $500, and are awarded in increments of $100.
  • Larger scholarships are reserved for applicants coming to the institute in a pre-formed group or are returnees to the institute.
  • Accommodations are NOT INCLUDED in the scholarship award.
  • Once verified and accepted, detailed information will be sent to you via email. At that time, you may select optional dorm and other accommodations.

Cancellations, Payments, and Refunds

  • Cancellations prior to May 31, 2016 will receive a refund of your 50% deposit. Cancellations made after May 31, 2015 may receive a credit that may only be applied towards the following Rafael Méndez Brass Institute held at the Lamont School of Music.
  • Dorm plan payments must be canceled by May 31, 2016 in order to receive a refund. There is no refund or credit given for canceled dorm plan reservations after May 31, 2016.
  • Your application fee is non-refundable.
  • A $35 change order fee will also apply to changes to dorm plan reservations made within 45 days prior to the first day of the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute.
  • All payments must be COMPLETED by May 31, 2017.

Click here to apply.