Early Keyboard Institute

The University of Michigan Early Keyboard Institute is an intensive six-day experience focused on early keyboard performance offering a distinguished faculty, daily lectures, participation in solo and collaborative masterclasses, and concerts by both faculty and students.

The Early Keyboard Institute (UMEKI) is open to all keyboard players regardless of their specific experience with early instruments. Primarily intended for collegiate-level musicians, UMEKI also welcomes amateurs and young professionals. The University of Michigan has a large collection of harpsichords and fortepianos for both practice and performance by workshop participants.

Tuition information for both an in-person and online version of the program is listed below. Due to anticipated COVID-19 restrictions, a final decision on which version of the Early Keyboard Institute will be held will be made prior to the due date of the first deposit

Session Dates: May 24–May 28, 2021
Online Tuition: $500
In Person Tuition: $650

Application Open: December 2020
Application Deadline: April 16, 2021
Admissions Notification: April 23, 2021

Associate Professor of Music, Joseph Gascho
Assistant Professor of Music, Matthew Bengtson

A sample program schedule will be available in December 2020

Specific information about 2021’s program will be posted in the coming weeks

For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the priority deadline. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline for programs and/or instruments in which openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for late applications will be on a rolling basis. Space is limited.

To apply to the U-M Early Keyboard Institute you must complete the online application and pay the $50 non-refundable application fee. You must complete the application in one sitting, including the upload of your digital audition materials if applicable.

Digital Audition Upload Requirement for All Participants
Please provide a link (Google Drive, Dropbox, Etc.) to the following:

  • A statement about why you would like to attend Early Keyboard Institute.
  • Your résumé or a description of your current related activities.
  • Your audition video.
    • Fortepiano applicants: please prepare one first movement of a classical sonata.
    • Harpsichord applicants: please prepare two contrasting movements or two short pieces from the Baroque era.

*Fortepiano applicants: if you are unable to access a fortepiano for your audition, you are welcome to submit your audition using a modern piano.

A limited number of need-based awards are available. Three scholarships will be provided to students to work during the workshop as Student Assistants in Moving (2) and in Tuning (1). To inquire about these scholarships, please email

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