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Oboe Institute


Key Information

Oboe Institue will not take place in 2018.

Please check here for updates on the 2019 session.

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Nancy Ambrose King


Class offerings include

  • Individual instruction addressing technical and musical skills
  • Reed making
  • Performance skills (with individual and group lessons)
  • Master classes
  • Chamber music
  • Individual practice time
  • Preparation for college auditions
  • 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
  • Recorded Audition Upload



Performance (Upload)
Upload a 5 - 10 minute long recorded audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment (for example, a piece performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival.) The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills. You will be provided an upload link following your online application fee payment.

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


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.




The General Information page includes many important items.



"The Oboe Institute at MPulse was a supportive, but intensive, environment where each individual was challenged to become the best player they could be. Whether it be in chamber groups or individual lessons, I've noticed a huge change in myself as a musician after 2 short weeks, and I can't wait to see the lasting impact that MPulse has on me."
Eliza, Oboe 2016, VA
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