Apply & Audition for BUTI
There is no typical BUTI student. You’ll meet a kaleidoscope of people from all different places and backgrounds. But there’s one common thread that makes our community thrive: a love of music and a drive for excellence. Does this sound like you? Then you’re in the right place.
How to Apply
Prior to applying, we recommend you read these Frequently Asked Questions. The following is required to be considered for BUTI:
although the application deadline has passed, BUTI accepts late applications and reviews them on a space-available basis
live or recorded, see information below, including repertoire requirements
recommender’s email address submitted within the Admissions Application
optional, found within the Admissions Application
Application Fee of $80.00
see information below regarding reduced or waived application fees
Applying for Multiple Programs and Instruments
Students are often eligible to apply for multiple programs on the same instrument (for example, a two-week workshop plus a young artists program, or the Electroacoustic Composition Workshop and the Young Artists Composition Program). BUTI recommends that you select all programs for which you’re interested in being considered. Selecting multiple programs of interest increases your chances of admission. In the event you are admitted to multiple programs, you will have the option to select which program(s) you would like to attend.
If you wish to apply on multiple instruments or within multiple program areas, (for example, violin and composition), you must submit a separate application (with a reduced application fee) for each additional instrument or area. To apply on a secondary instrument, use the coupon code 02buti21 on the final payment screen of the second application to obtain a reduced application fee of $30.00 on your second application. If accepted into overlapping programs, you may decide which program you would like to attend.
BU School of Music Applicant Information
If you are also applying to a degree program at BU School of Music, you may opt to utilize your BU School of Music audition for BUTI admissions purposes. You must, however, still complete the BUTI admissions application.
Application fee reductions and waivers
- If you’re a current BU affiliate (limited to current BU degree-seeking students and children of current BU faculty/staff), you qualify for a reduced application fee of $30 when applying for BUTI. Before submitting your application, contact us to be given instructions on how to obtain a reduced application fee.
- In certain cases of financial hardship, a student may qualify for an application fee waiver. Please complete and submit the Request for Application Fee Waiver form before submitting your application to obtain an application fee waiver.
For technical assistance or if you forget your user name and password, please contact the Acceptd support team from the login page of the online application. BUTI administration does not have access to user’s login information.
You may audition live or by video recording, and there is no preference given to either method. Both methods are accepted and reviewed equally by BUTI.
BUTI recommends unaccompanied auditions for instrumental auditions. If an instrumentalist chooses to use a pianist for their audition, however, they will not be penalized. Vocalists are required to audition with piano accompaniment. BUTI does not provide accompanists. Harp and percussion applicants must audition with a recorded audition and should not schedule a live audition. Composition applications are required to submit scores to fulfill audition requirements.
If you choose to do a recorded audition, will be prompted to upload your audition video(s) directly to the application. You will not be able to submit your application until your audition materials have been successfully uploaded. Video recordings are strongly preferred to audio recordings. You may choose to upload one continuous video, or separate video files. Your audition videos must be unedited.
In most cases, a member of the BUTI admissions staff will be present to record live auditions, which will then be shared with adjudication faculty at a later time. BUTI faculty are typically not present at live auditions.
You must submit your application before you can schedule a live audition. Please submit your application in plenty of time to schedule an audition at your preferred location.
Click here for detailed instructions about live auditions, venue information and addresses, and what to expect on audition day. BUTI is holding live auditions at the following locations (subject to change):
Los Angeles, CA | Saturday, January 12, 2019
New York City, NY | Sunday, January 13, 2019
Boston, MA | Sunday, January 13, 2019
Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area | Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Chicago, IL | Saturday, January 19, 2019
Montgomery, AL (Blount Slawson Competition) | Saturday, January 26, 2019
Atlanta, GA | Sunday, January 27, 2019
2019 Repertoire Requirements
- Admissions Application Launches | November 1, 2018
- Admissions Application Due | January 21, 2019 (late applications are accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis)
- Admissions Decisions Released | on or before March 1, 2019