FAQ – General

Concert, ticket, and parking information will be released in spring 2017. Thank you for your patience.

Unless a special exception is made and approved in advance, enrolled students are expected to attend the entire duration of the program. For example, a student may not elect to attend only two weeks of the six-week Young Artists Orchestra program. Short leaves, typically only a few days, are approved on a case-by-case basis by BUTI administration and faculty.

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 pre-college program directed by Boston University. This said, BUTI students are given access to all BSO and TMC concerts as part of the program and have the opportunity to study with BSO and alongside TMC musicians in a variety of settings. Further, many rehearsals and concert performances happen 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 all the facets of Tanglewood.

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.

You may download a Digital Recording Order Form from last summer at Shop BUTI. Please contact BUTI directly if you would like to order a CD from a previous summer. Many recordings are available from 2001 and later.

Students should contact the Office of the Registrar for a transcript. You will order your transcript through Parchment, BU’s transcript processing vendor. You do not need to have a BU ID number or BU email address to order a transcript. Please fill out the electronic request form and leave these fields blank. If a university or college has additional requirements to receive college credit other than an official transcript, please contact BUTI directly.

The Junior Strings Intensive accommodates students 10-13. BUTI’s two-week workshops are for students ages 14-20. The young artists programs offer admission to students ages 14-19, as long as the student has not yet enrolled and 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 will be considered for admission but are not permitted to reside on BUTI’s 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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