BU Tanglewood Institute

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is recognized internationally as a premier summer training program for aspiring young musicians and is the only program of its kind 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), students are immersed in an atmosphere of extraordinary music making fueled by high artistic standards, rigorous programming, and a rich legacy of learning and performance. The moment you step onto the grounds, you join a community that empowers students to be artists. No one who spends a summer at Tanglewood leaves untouched by the experience.

Breaking the mold…

Created in 1966 at the invitation of then-BSO music director Erich Leinsdorf, BUTI was developed as a counterpart to the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center (TMC). Fifty years and thousands of alumni later, BUTI remains a pioneer of musical training, challenging the world’s next generation of artists to perform at the highest level while providing them unparalleled access to the Tanglewood Music Festival.

At BUTI, you can attend Tanglewood concerts almost daily. You will also share rehearsal and performance spaces with the BSO, participate in TMC activities, attend and often perform in master classes with BSO members and guest artists, and more. These interactions with the BSO and TMC distinguish BUTI from any other summer music program and offer young artists a transformative musical experience like no other.


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