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
  • Auditors who pre-register before June 20th will be given a t-shirt

To apply as an auditor, click here

Professional Fellowship Program

The Professional Fellowship Program is designed for launching and professional ensembles that are looking to increase their competitive edge in performance expertise and business acumen.

For more information about the Professional Fellowship Program, 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.