Conservatory Summer Institute: Wind+Percussion Institute

July 2 - 11, 2020

The Conservatory Summer Institute is a 10-day intensive program for high school students considering studying music in college. Led by Baldwin Wallace University faculty, students spend their day in workshops, classes and private lessons growing in their development as vocalists.

During the CSI: Wind+Percussion Institute, students will study repertoire that allows them to grow as individual artists and ensemble members. In addition, workshops and masterclasses regarding improvisation and jazz studies will be offered.


Students in the CSI: Wind+Percussion Institute will participate in:

  • Dalcroze-Eurhythmics
  • Ear training / solfege
  • Chamber music
  • Instrumental elective courses (i.e. music technology, Alexander Technique, etc.)
  • Guest faculty recitals
  • Masterclasses
  • Private lessons


The CSI: Wind+Percussion Institute will be led by Dr. Brenden Caldwell, director of wind ensembles, Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music. Additional faculty include:


Institute Emphasis

Students may choose to participate in an Institute Emphasis, which are designed to allow students to focus more specifically in one area of study. Students in the Keybaord Institute will be able to participate in the Composition Emphasis.


Audition Preparation Program

For rising seniors graduating in 2021, the audition preparation program may be added to the standard CSI experience or in addition to an intensive track.

Students who participate in the audition preparation program will engage directly with the BW Conservatory admissions coordinator. Through hands-on classes, students will gain further insight into the college audition process. In addition, students will work with Conservatory faculty on mock auditions and master classes. They will also receive one additional 45-minute private lesson.

Students applying to the audition preparation program must submit an audition. Space is limited. Students accepted into the program are expected to bring to campus their selection for their college audition already prepared. Students can check with their college of interest for audition recommendations and guidelines.


Application and Audition

The application is due on Friday, April 3, 2020, no later than 11:59 p.m.

In order to be considered, applicants must submit:

  • A completed application
  • A recorded video audition
  • A $150 deposit


We make every effort to ensure the Institute experience is affordable for all participants. Tuition may be split into monthly, automatic installments and paid over time, leading up until the program. Customized payment plans are available.

  • Resident tuition: $995.00/participant and includes all meals and housing. A $150 refundable application fee is required. Students not admitted into CSI will be refunded this deposit.
  • Commuter tuition: $745.00/participant and includes lunch and dinner. A $150 refundable application fee is required. Students not admitted into CSI will be refunded this deposit.
  • Intensive track: $225.00/participant. The intensive tracks are added to the base Institute tuition.
  • Audition preparation program: $225.00/participant. The audition preparation program tuition is added to the base Institute tuition.

*Limited scholarship opportunities are available for students in Lorain County as well as students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Students are encouraged to check with the Community Arts School regarding eligibility. If eligible, students will need to indicate they would like to receive a scholarship when prompted in the application.

A deposit of $150 via check must be mailed and received before the audition is reviewed. Checks should be made out to Baldwin Wallace University.

Please mail your check to:
Conservatory Summer Institute
Community Arts School
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea, OH 44017