North Carolina’s Brevard Music Center announced that enrollment for its 2009 summer music program for young musicians is the largest in its history. For the past five years, enrollment has hovered around 395 students; this year the number is 425. Beginning last November, interest and students applications were up, which according to Brevard is partly the result of scheduling adjustments and partly because repertoire choices requiring more players. In response to the economic downturn, Bruce Murray, Brevard’s dean, said that the summer music institute has been able to increase its budget for student financial aid. Despite the challenging economic environment, Murray reports that Brevard has “done the right thing” by not cutting faculty or curriculum. Brevard Music Center, established in 1936, includes the summer institute along with a festival featuring guest artists, who perform alongside students. The institute and festival take place this year from June 26 to August 9.

Posted June 26, 2009