Requirements to Apply

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 go up by $10 starting May 1st. 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.