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
  • 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

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.