Conservatory Summer Institute: Wind & Percussion Institute

During the CSI: Wind+Percussion, students will study repertoire that allows them to grow as individual artists and ensemble members. Students will have the opportunity to engage in large ensemble rehearsals, chamber music and individual private lessons. In addition, workshops and masterclasses regarding improvisation and jazz studies will be offered.


Students 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 Instituted will be led by Dr. Brenden Caldwell director of wind ensembles,, Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music

Intensive Tracks

Institute intensive tracks are designed to allow students to focus more specifically in one area of study. Students in the String Institute will be able to participate in the Composition Track.


Guest Artists

John Mackey
We are thrilled to welcome guest artist John Mackey as one of our composers-in-residence. Mackey has written for orchestras (Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony), theater (Dallas Theater Center), and extensively for dance (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, New York City Ballet), but the majority of his work for the past decade has been for wind ensembles. His band catalog now receives annual performances numbering in the thousands. Recent commissions include works for the BBC Singers; the Dallas Wind Symphony; military, high school, middle school, and university bands across America and Japan; and concertos for Joseph Alessi (principal trombone, New York Philharmonic) and Christopher Martin (principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic). In 2014, he became the youngest composer ever inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. In 2018, he received the Wladimir & Rhoda Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his spouse, A.E. Jaques, who titles all of his pieces and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information on John Mackey, view his SoundCloud channel and website.

The Kenari Quartet
As one of our in-residence ensembles, The Kenari Quartet will engage in CSI through performances and chamber-music coaching. Applauded for their “flat-out amazing” performances and “stunning virtuosity” (Cleveland Classical), the highly acclaimed Kenari Quartet delivers inspiring performances that transform the perception of the saxophone. The quartet aims to highlight the instrument’s remarkable versatility by presenting meticulously crafted repertoire from all periods of classical and contemporary music.

The Kenari Quartet has found a home performing on many of the premiere chamber music series in the United States. Recent engagements include appearances at Chamber Music Northwest, the Grand Teton Music Festival and Chamber Music Tulsa, among others. For many chamber music institutions, the Kenari Quartet has been proud to be the first ensemble of its kind to be presented.

For more information regarding the Kenari Quartet, view their YouTube channel and website.


Application and Audition

The application is due on Friday, March 29, 2019, 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