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Clarinet Institute

The Clarinet Institute will focus on developing strong fundamentals, improving tone production, and enhancing technical skills. Daily classes and instruction are led by Ellen Breakfield-Glick. University of Michigan Faculty Director, Daniel Gilbert, reviews all auditions and works directly with Professor Breakfield-Glick to develop session content. Professor Gilbert provides lessons and masterclasses for participants via Skype.

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

Session Dates: June 28 – July 4, 2020
Tuition: $1,575
Application Opens: November 15, 2019
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Priority Admissions Notification: February 28, 2020

Components of the Clarinet Institute

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

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.

Priority Deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2020.

Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on February 28, 2020.

For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the Priority Application Deadline of February 1, 2020. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline for programs and/or instruments in which openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the priority deadline will be 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.

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
Email: mpulse@umich.edu