Frequently Asked Questions
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Is BUTI the same as the Tanglewood Music Center
BUTI and the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) are separate programs. The TMC is a college-age program and is run by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), while BUTI is a program of Boston University College of Fine Arts for students ages 10-20. This said, BUTI students are given access to all* BSO and TMC concerts as part of the program and may have the opportunity to study with BSO and alongside TMC musicians in a variety of settings. Further, many rehearsals and concert performances take place on the Tanglewood main grounds (about a mile away from the BUTI campus). This close proximity and access to the BSO and TMC allows BUTI students the opportunity to experience several facets of Tanglewood.
* Not including Popular Artists Series
What information should I have for my student who is attending?
After admissions decision have been sent, students will be directed to an Accepted Students portal that will hold all the pertinent information for attending BUTI.
How do I order a digital recording?
Order a digital recording here.
How do I order a transcript
Official transcripts may be ordered through the BU Registrar’s Office for a cost of $8 each. Please visit this website to create an account with Parchment, BU’s transcript processing vendor, to order your transcript. You do not need to input your Student ID to order a transcript. If you have questions, please contact the BU Registrar’s Office at 617.353.3612 or at email@example.com.
What are the age restrictions for BUTI?
The Junior Strings Intensive accommodates students 10-13 who have not yet matriculated into high school.
BUTI’s two-week workshops accommodate students ages 14-20.
BUTI’s young artists programs accommodate students ages 14-19 who have not yet started coursework in a post-secondary degree program (such as a college or conservatory). This means that students are eligible for the summer after they graduate high school, before they begin college classes. If a student is taking part-time college-level classes while in high school, they are still eligible as long as their full-time enrollment is at the high school level.
Students under the age of 14 are eligible to apply for workshops and young artists programs, but would not be permitted to reside on BUTI’s campus until they reach 14 years of age (not including Junior Strings Intensive students, who are eligible to live on campus).
Is BUTI in Boston or is it at Tanglewood in Lenox? Which airport should I fly into?
All BUTI programs take place in Lenox, Massachusetts, about 130 miles west of Boston. During the academic year, BUTI offices and staff are located in Boston. The closest airport to BUTI is in Albany, New York. BUTI’s summer campus address is 45 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240.
What information is available for international students?
Because BUTI students are not attending Boston University at a full-time status, they will not receive a Boston University issued I-20 and will not have to apply for an F-1 student visa. Students must only secure appropriate travel documentation to the United States that covers the date range of their attendance and should enter the United States as a visitor. A letter of invitation will be issued to accepted international students to aid in the process of gaining visitor status to enter the United States. Although there is no required TOEFL, all students must have a working understanding of the English language.
Application Process Information
I ran into a problem with my online application
Acceptd, the service which hosts BUTI’s admissions application, boasts an excellent technical support team. Technical assistance can be accessed through the HELP tab within the BUTI online application. If you run into continued trouble with the online application or with requesting support from Acceptd, please contact BUTI at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already submitted your application and you simply need to change a portion of the already submitted application, please contact us at email@example.com. We can often help you directly with this type of issue.
Do I have to attend for the full duration of the program? How long are your programs?
Unless a special exception is made and approved in advance, enrolled students are expected to attend the entire duration of their program(s). Short leaves, typically only a few days, are approved on a case-by-case basis by BUTI administration and faculty. Program durations are listed here and on individual program pages.
Where do I send admissions materials?
Please send all materials related to admissions to the following address: BUTI / 855 Commonwealth Avenue / Boston, MA 02215
Is your application deadline a postmarked or a received-by deadline?
The application deadline is a received-by deadline and will mark the beginning of the review process. Late applications will be accepted but will only be reviewed if space permits. We encourage you to submit your application by the deadline to guarantee full consideration for our programs.
What if my recommendation is not completed by the deadline?
BUTI will accept a late letter of recommendation if it is submitted slightly after the deadline, and this will not count against you during the admissions process.
Do you accept any supplementary materials or more than one recommendation?
The audition is the largest factor in determining admissions. Supplementary materials and additional recommendations are not necessary.
Is a live audition scored differently than a recorded audition?
Live and recorded auditions are reviewed equally with no preference given to either method of audition. You may not, however, audition live and then also submit a recording. Click here for more information about auditions.
When are admission decisions made?
Admission decisions will be released by March 1, 2019. Applicants are notified by email of both the admission and scholarship award (if applicable) at the same time, so it is important for applicants to complete their scholarship form at the same time as their admissions application.
Will applying for scholarship affect my admission decision?
Applying for or receiving scholarship does not affect the admissions decision in any way.
What does it mean if I am wait listed?
Every year a waiting list for admission is created in the event an accepted applicant cannot attend. Those wait listed applications are notified of this status when admissions decisions are emailed to all applicants. The waiting list exists up to and through the start of the summer season. Because it is difficult to estimate the likelihood of being admitted from the waiting list, BUTI does not release students’ position on the waiting list. If you wish to withdraw from this list, please email or call immediately so opportunities can be granted to other qualified applicants.
Is there still the possibility of receiving financial aid after being initially declined for aid?
All applicants are encouraged to seek assistance through local organizations and/or a benefit concert. Even if you have been declined financial aid with your admissions decision, it is still possible to receive aid before the program starts due to new funds being generated or funds being redistributed from financial aid recipients not attending. Please notify our office if there are any updates or changes to your financial status that BUTI should be made aware of.
I missed the application deadline. What does this mean?
A late application may be submitted, but it will only be reviewed if space permits. If the enrollment process for a particular program is not complete, BUTI will often review a late application equally against other applicants.