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Clarinet Institute


Key Information

Exclusive one-week intensive!

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Daniel Gilbert

Guest faculty: Ellen Breakfield-Glick

July 1 - 7, 2018

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This session will focus on developing strong fundamentals, improving tone production, and enhancing technical skills. Daily classes and instruction are led by Ellen Breakfield-Glick. U-M Faculty Director, Daniel Gilbert reviews all auditions and works directly with Professor Breakfield-Glick to develop session content. Professor Gilbert provides lessons and masterclass for participants remotely via Skype.

Class offerings include:

  • Private lessons
  • Master classes
  • Etude and solo repertoire
  • Chamber music
  • Introduction to orchestral excerpts
  • Individual warm-ups
  • College audition preparation
  • Theory/musicianship classes




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

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Recorded Audition Upload



Performance (Upload)
Upload a 3-5 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. You will be provided with an upload link following your online application submission.


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 March 16, 2018. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 30, 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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"My experience at MPulse was outstanding because I was able to completely focus on bettering myself as a musician and was constantly surrounded by others- students, teachers, and counselors- who shared my passion for music."
Rachel, Clarinet 2014, TX
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