BPO Summer Studio

July 6-8, 2018
Kleinhans Music Hall

The BPO presents a summer learning opportunity for young instrumental musicians in grades 9-12 this July (rising 8th graders included). Come join the musicians of the BPO in a weekend of studio classes, side-by-side mentoring and performance opportunities at Kleinhans Music Hall. We are accepting applications from all orchestral instruments, excluding piano. The focus of the weekend is in-depth work with BPO musicians in a studio class setting. This gives young musicians individual attention as well as group learning experiences in a focused and supportive environment. Over the course of the weekend, participants will build their musical skills, their knowledge of their chosen instrument and relationships with BPO musicians which can carry on beyond the program. In addition to the studio classes, there will be a side-by-side orchestra reading session conducted by BPO Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders, and a performance from each studio with their BPO mentor. For interested participants, there will also be an opportunity to audition for an honors solo recital performance as well.

Summer Studio Schedule (subject to slight changes)

Friday, July 6, 5:30-9:30pm – Registration, Welcome Dinner and Studio Class 1

Saturday, July 7, 8:30am-9:00pm – Side-by-Side chamber orchestra reading and lunch with BPO, Studio Class 2, BPO panel discussion, dinner and movie night

Sunday, July 8, 9:00am-1:30pm – Studio Class 3, Studio and Honors Performances (families welcome), final lunch (families welcome)

Optional Honors Recital Performance

If a young musician is interested in auditioning for a solo performance spot on the final Sunday performance, they may indicate their preference when applying.  Those participants who are selected for this opportunity will have a chance to work with a recital pianist during the weekend’s activities. For details, please see the application.

How to Apply

By May 1, 2018, please complete the following:

  1. Fill out the online form below
  2. Send in your nonrefundable deposit of $50 to BPO Summer Studio, 786 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209 (Make checks out to Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  3. Submit a video recording (mp4 format or a link to YouTube preferred) through email to Robin Parkinson –rparkinson@bpo.org.  This video should contain a performance of a solo work demonstrating your musical and technical abilities.  No accompanist is necessary.  If you are interested in auditioning for the honors recital performance, your video audition should be the work that you would like to perform for this opportunity.

For those selected, the remaining balance of $225 will be due by May 31.

Total tuition is $275.

Scholarships Available

The BPO Diversity Council is offering scholarships for this summer learning experience.  Please click here for more information and to apply.

Not Local?

If you are coming from a distance to attend BPO Summer Studio, we can get a discounted rate at our hotel partner for our participants and their families.  Just ask for details.


Please contact Robin Parkinson, Director of Education & Community Engagement at rparkinson@bpo.org or (716) 242-7808.

BPO Summer Studio Application 

Young musicians in grades 9-12  are welcome to apply. Rising 8th graders are eligible. All orchestral instruments (excluding piano) are accepted.

After submitting your application, please send your nonrefundable $50 deposit to BPO Summer Studio, 786 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209 and email your video recording to rparkinson@bpo.org.

DEADLINE:  May 1, 2018

Student Name *
Address *
Phone *
E-mail *
School *
District (if applicable)
Current Grade in School: *
Please list any additional instruments you are comfortable playing (piccolo, bass trombone, etc.):
School band/orchestra director:*
Private music teacher:*
Years of study:*
List any groups you have played with (school groups, select ensembles, All-County, All-State, etc):*
List solo repertoire you have performed (and level if applicable):*
Would you like to be considered for the honors recital performance?*

The honors recital performance will take place on Sunday morning and is open to all friends and family to attend.  This recital will also include group performances by each studio.  

If you are interested in being considered for one of the limited solo performance spots, you must submit the piece that you would like to play as your video audition piece.  Performances will be limited to 5 minutes per person.  If needed, an accompanist will be provided, as well as a piano rehearsal built into the weekend schedule.  

Why would you like to participate in the BPO Summer Studio?