FAQ – General

Concert, ticket, and parking information will be released in spring 2018. Thank you for your patience.

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

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.

To order and download a digital recording, please submit the Digital Recording Order Form. To order merchandise, please submit the Merchandise Order Form.

Official transcripts may be ordered through the BU Registrar’s Office. 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 registrar@bu.edu.

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).

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.

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.


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