Clarinet Institute

The 2022 MPulse Clarinet Institute is a one-week program focusing on the development of strong fundamentals, improving tone production, and enhancing technical skills. The program includes daily classes and instruction led by Ellen Breakfield-Glick (Western Michigan University) and Daniel Gilbert (University of Michigan). MPulse Clarinet will cover additional topics such as breathing techniques, strategies for effective practice, preparation for college auditions, clarinet solo works and orchestral excerpts, and incorporating technology into your practice.

The 2022 MPulse Clarinet Institute will resume in-person instruction on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus! The institute will be held at the U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance facilities located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus.

NOTE: Students participating in MPulse 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full details on the MPulse COVID-19 vaccination policy.

(UPDATED 4/4/22) NOTE: Students participating in MPulse 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. View the updated MPulse COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Institute Dates: July 3 – July 9, 2022
Institute Tuition: *$1,700

*Tuition for the MPulse Clarinet Institute covers all instructional classes and events as well as room and board.

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
Priority Admissions Notification: March 15, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 15, 2022*
Non-Priority Admissions Notification: Rolling 

*Please note – The final application deadline for this summer is April 15, 2022, for students who missed the Priority Deadline.  Students who submitted their materials by the March 1 priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first.   Submissions received after the priority deadline but before (or on) April 15, 2022, will be reviewed for consideration if openings remain.

Associate Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan

Clarinetist Daniel Gilbert joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as Associate Professor of Clarinet in 2007. Previously, he held the position of second clarinet in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 2007. Mr. Gilbert teaches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and he also served as the Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 2000-2001.

Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Western Michigan University

Dr. Ellen Breakfield-Glick, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, teaches applied clarinet, coaches chamber music and performs with Western Winds and the Western Wind Quintet. She also has an active career as a performer in solo and chamber music recitals and orchestral work. Dr. Glick has held positions with CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra and frequently performs with the Louisville Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony and other orchestras throughout the Midwest.

*Sample Schedule – MPulse Clarinet Institute

*A final schedule for the 2022 MPulse Clarinet Institute will be sent to accepted participants in April 2022.

Audition Video
Upload a 5-8 minute long video audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment. For example:

  • 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.


  • 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.

Recommendation Letter
Applicants should submit one teacher evaluation (artistic teacher or mentor(s) preferred), academic teacher, or non-relative who can speak directly to the student’s academic aptitude, potential, and classroom performance. A recommendation is required for this institute.

Students should send this form to their recommender to fill out or the recommender may download the recommendation form here. Please have your recommender email their recommendation letter to smtd-mpulserecs@umich.eduRecommendations are due by March 1, 2022, for priority applicants. Non-priority applicants should have their recommender submit their recommendations as soon as possible for consideration with your application.

Recommendation may be made via the form below or by free-form letter.

Download Recommendation Form

Merit Awards
A limited number of scholarships are available for extremely talented students based on faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the application deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

  • Monthly Expenses
  • Previous Year’s Tax Return
  • Statement of Need

*Watson Scholarship
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.

Apply for the Watson Scholarship

*Application open to Michigan residents only.

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

updated January 24, 2022