Conservatory Summer Institute: Choral 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: Choral Institute, students will study high-quality repertoire and expand their skill set as an individual vocalist and ensemble member. In addition, workshops and masterclasses with guest clinicians will be offered.


Students will participate in:

  • Dalcroze-Eurhythmics
  • Ear training / solfege
  • Choral rehearsals
  • Sectionals
  • Guest faculty recitals
  • Masterclasses
  • Private lessons


The CSI: Choral Institute is led by Dr. Dirk Garner, director of choral studies, 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 Choral Institute will be able to participate in the Composition Emphasis or Music Theatre Emphasis.

*Due to scheduling conflicts, students are only able to participate in one institute 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.
  • Institute emphasis: $225.00/participant. The institute emphasis fee is 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