Registration Information

Please review the following information carefully. If you have questions email us at [email protected] or call 303-832-4676, 10 am – 5 pm MST.

General Information

  • 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

Requirements for Application

Each applicant must provide:

Application Fee:

  • A $35 application fee is due with your application. No application will be processed without payment.
  • A $25 application fee is available to applicants coming to the institute in a pre-formed group or are returnees to the institute.
  • Preformed groups pay one application fee of $25 for the entire ensemble. Save money by applying and attending in a group with your friends!
  • Application fees increase by $10 after May 1, 2018. Apply early and save!
  • *These fees are non-refundable.

Audition Recording:

  • Audition material must be digital audio file demonstrating your current playing ability.
  • A recording is MANDATORY for all participants. This is critical as it helps properly place you in an ensemble of the same playing level.
  • If applying as a group, provide a digital audio file of the entire group.
  • Digital audio files may be transmitted via email in a mp3 format or provide a URL where your playing can be heard and/or seen (YouTube is preferred). NOTE: Audition not required for auditors.Click here for details about the audition recording.


  • A recommendation from an approved* reference that has the most recent information about your playing ability is suggested.
  • This reference will be contacted to help determine your group placement and/or scholarship award.
  • Recommendations are suggested, not mandatory.
  • *An approved reference constitutes any faculty member of a major music school, a member of IHS, ITEA, ITG, or ITA.


  • 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, 2018, will receive a refund of your 50% deposit. Cancellations made after May 31, 2018, 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 June 8, 2018, in order to receive a refund. There is no refund or credit given for canceled dorm plan reservations after June 8, 2018.
  • 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 June 15, 2018.

Click here to apply.