The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is recognized internationally as the premiere summer training program for aspiring high school-age musicians. Tanglewood is the only program of its kind and is associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. Under the guidance of distinguished professionals, and in the presence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), young people devote themselves to an artistic experience without parallel. The high artistic standards, rich culture of learning, and diverse programs make BUTI a unique opportunity for young artists, a starting point on the path to a future in classical music.
While they differ in content and length, all BUTI programs share a common element: excellence. From the moment students step onto the grounds of Tanglewood, they are immersed in fine music making. This joyful and life-changing immersion is led by a select group of distinguished faculty members who are passionate about music and committed to sharing their expertise with the highly talented and motivated students who compete for a place at BUTI each year.
The discipline, focus, and energy required to make music at an advanced level have proven to be of lasting value to the students who have attended BUTI. Many alumni have gone on to advanced musical training and careers as professional musicians. Even those whose careers have evolved in other directions have been enriched by the artistic achievements experienced in the inspiring environment of Tanglewood.
BUTI is dedicated to providing young artists with a challenging and memorable summer, and is equally dedicated to ensuring that artistic expression and quality arts education remain a vital part of all of our lives.
Tanglewood is a magical blend of the formal and informal, of joy and hard work. No one who spends a summer at Tanglewood leaves untouched by the experience.