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Bassoon Institute

Exclusive one-week young artists' bassoon intensive

Key Information

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Jeffrey Lyman

July 1 - 7, 2018

Priority Deadline: February 9, 2018



Students immerse themselves in an intensive study of all things bassoon: multiple private lessons, daily reed making classes, orchestral excerpts, master classes on a variety of bassoon related topics, and repertoire building. Special attention will be given to preparation for college auditions and competitions. Recital performances and chamber music collaboration with other MPulse bassoon students complete this personalized program of study.

  • Reed making
  • Private lessons
  • Chamber music
  • Individual practice time
  • Theory/musicianship classes

Application Procedure

The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Audition Upload



Performance (Upload)

Upload a 5-8 minute long recorded audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment (for example, a piece performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival, an etude, or an excerpt from something being played at school). The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills.

Recommendation (Upload)

(Optional) You may have one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) assess your work in a letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.


Admission Notification

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 9, 2018. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 23, 2018.   

Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.

Decisions will not be given by phone.


Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.




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"Without the week I spent at MPuilse, I would not be prepared for college auditions. I learned more about the bassoon in that week than I have in the three years I've been playing it"
Sarah, Bassoon 2016, OR
MPulse Bassoon Group 2015 MPulse Bassoon Soloist 2015MPulse Bassoon Chamber Music 2015Bassoon Institute StudentBassoon Institute Chamber Group

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