Clarinet Institute

The 2020 MPulse Clarinet Institute will be a week-long online program focusing on the development of strong fundamentals, improving tone production, and enhancing technical skills. Daily classes and instruction are led by Ellen Breakfield-Glick (Western Michigan University) and Daniel Gilbert (University of Michigan). Additional topics will include breathing techniques, strategies for effective practice, preparation for college auditions, clarinet solo works and orchestral excerpts, and incorporating technology into your practice.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in “virtual camp” experiences, including “social hours” with your fellow participants, an opportunity to talk to a current SMTD student, and an SMTD admissions session.

U-M Faculty Director: Associate Professor Daniel Gilbert
Guest Faculty: Ellen Breakfield-Glick

Session Dates: June 28 – July 4, 2020
Tuition: $950

Now accepting applications on a rolling basis.


The Clarinet Institute application consists of three parts.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are received.

Application Checklist for Clarinet Institute

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Pay the non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00
  3. Upload your Audition Materials via Acceptd, the MPulse Online Audition Portal (details for each entry outlined in Audition Portal)
    1. Audition Video
    2. Headshot
    3. Recommendation Letter

MPulse Audition Portal

The following should be submitted:

  1. Audition Video (one video file)
  2. Headshot
  3. Recommendation Letter

1 – Audition Video

Upload a 5-8 minute long video audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment.

  • A piece performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival
  • An etude
  • An excerpt from something being played at school
  • The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills.

2 – Headshot

  • Upload one color headshot
  • Headshots should be recent, clear, and against a neutral background.
  • Headshots should be front-facing and from the neck up.
  • Headshots do not need to be professionally taken and should resemble a Driver’s License/Passport Photo.

3 – Recommendation Letter

Please ask at least one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) to assess your work in a confidential 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 to upload your letter of recommendation, submit your recommender’s email when prompted in the online application process. Once you finalize your submission (clicking ‘Final Submit’), the recommender will receive a notification and link to submit your confidential recommendation.

E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Review, admission, and notification for applications are being handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute.  Space is limited.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Merit Awards
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To be considered for a need-based scholarship you must complete the online need-based financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Watson Scholarship

Application open to Michigan residents.

In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

To start an application, click here.

Contact MPulse using the information below:

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660