Boston University Tanglewood Institute—One of this Country’s Premiere Training Programs for Aspiring Young Musicians—Announces 2017 Programming, to Take Place at its Summer Home in Lenox, MA, June 18–August 12

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Boston University Tanglewood Institute—One of this Country’s Premiere Training Programs for Aspiring Young Musicians—Announces 2017 Programming, to Take Place at its Summer Home in Lenox, MA, June 18–August 12

NEW: Electroacoustic Composition Workshop (Ages 14–20) and Junior Strings Intensive (Ages 10–13); Concerts at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall and Koussevitzky Music Shed

For Immediate Release – Boston, MA (May 16, 2017) – Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)—one of this country’s premiere summer training programs for young musicians—announces its 2017 programs and events today. The 2017 BUTI summer season, which will take place at Tanglewood and on the BUTI campus in Lenox, MA, June 18–August 12, features concert and recital programming throughout the Berkshires; a new Electroacoustic Composition Workshop; a new Junior Strings Intensive for students ages 10–13; workshops led by distinguished performers and teachers from Boston University College of Fine Arts and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO); Visiting Artists cellist Lynn Harrell and composers Nadia Sirota and Nico Muhly (BUTI ’96, ’97); and rich programs of learning and performance. Led by Executive Director Hilary Field Respass, BUTI is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Created in 1966 at the invitation of then-BSO music director Erich Leinsdorf, BUTI was developed as an extension of the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), then called the Berkshire Music Center. More than 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.

BUTI will launch two new programs this summer: a Junior Strings Intensive and an Electroacoustic Composition Workshop. The Junior Strings Intensive, led by violinist Margaret Cerjan, will offer middle school violinists, violists, and cellists ages 10–13 the opportunity to advance their technical and musical skills in a small group setting. Through a holistic and immersive curriculum of large ensemble, chamber music, and solo instruction, students will rehearse, receive coachings, participate in master classes, and perform in community concerts and program recitals. This is the first time BUTI has offered programming for middle school-aged students. In the Electroacoustic Composition Workshop, led by composer Justin Casinghino, participants will learn cutting-edge electronic composition, mixing, and sound editing techniques. Students will compose a multi-channel fixed media work, and the workshop will culminate in a concert-exhibition featuring a surround-sound presentation of these projects.


BUTI Executive Director Hilary Field Respass says, “Building on our successful additions of individual string workshops in 2016, these new programs continue to stretch BUTI’s offerings to serve a greater number of talented young artists from across the country. The new programs create opportunities for younger students to experience the rigor and magic of Tanglewood and expand the opportunities we offer for young composers.”


Other programs and workshops include the full Strings and Orchestra curriculum; Winds & Brass; Percussion; Harp; Voice; Composition; and Piano. Over the course of the eight-week residential program, more than 400 BUTI students and faculty will offer more than 70 performances in the Berkshire community, including faculty recitals, solo recitals, chamber music, opera scenes, vocal recitals, community concerts, and large ensemble concerts at some of the most notable venues in the local area including the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Seiji Ozawa Hall.


Continuing the new tradition of Visiting Artists, inaugurated during the 50th Anniversary season in summer 2016, this year’s Visiting Artists are cellist Lynn Harrell, composer Nico Muhly (BUTI ’96, ’97), and violist/composer Nadia Sirota. They will be in residence with BUTI in July and August 2017. Ms. Sirota will also serve as a
co-curator of the Tanglewood Music Center’s Festival of Contemporary Music throughout the month of August. All of these artists will be threaded into the daily fabric of the BUTI programs, providing direct instruction to students, including activities like coaching chamber music, teaching private lessons, giving masterclasses, and leading ensemble sectionals. BUTI students will also have the opportunity to engage with these artists through Q&As and other seminars on topics unique to the artist and their personal interests and backgrounds.


In addition to these offerings, BUTI offers a robust master class series featuring some of the world’s most esteemed artists, drawn from the roster of the Tanglewood Music Festival and beyond. Recent master classes and question and answer sessions have been given by Lauren Ambrose (BUTI ’94, ’95), Hilary Hahn, Thomas Hampson, Håkan Hardenberger, François Leleux, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Dawn Upshaw, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Christian Tetzlaff. Additionally, numerous BSO members and BU School of Music faculty teach master classes each summer.


BUTI’s Young Artists Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chorus will perform a series in Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Koussevitzky Music Shed on the Tanglewood grounds from July 15–August 12. A notable roster of guest conductors will work with these three ensembles including Paul Haas (BUTI ’87, ’88), Bruce Kiesling, David Martins, Ken-David Masur (BUTI ’96), H. Robert Reynolds, and Katie Woolf (BU ’05).


BUTI’s affiliation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra continues to be a highlight of the program. BUTI’s Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus will be featured as part of Tanglewood on Parade on August 1 at 4 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The women of the Young Artists Chorus will partner with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its guest soloists for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday, August 5 at 8 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Special performance collaborations like these afford BUTI students the unique opportunity to perform in a main stage Boston Symphony concert alongside the professional soloists and ensemble.


Highlights of the 2017 Boston University Tanglewood Institute Performance Calendar
view the Full Performance Schedule online):


Faculty Recital Series | Free concert series featuring BUTI’s faculty

June 19–July 25, 2017 | Trinity Church, Lenox


Saturday, July 15
Young Artists Orchestra with Bruce Kiesling, Conductor
| Seiji Ozawa Hall, 2:30 p.m.

COPLAND Billy the Kid


TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5


Sunday, July 16

Young Artists Wind Ensemble with David Martins, Conductor | Seiji Ozawa Hall, 2:30 p.m.

YOUNG Tempered Steel

COPLAND The Promise of Living

SCHUMAN New England Triptych, “Chester”

GRAHAM Harrison’s Dream

GRAINGER, ed. CLARK Molly on the Shore

CASINGHINO Sitting in the House of a Giant

WILSON Piece of Mind


Saturday, July 29

Young Artists Orchestra with Paul Haas, Conductor | Seiji Ozawa Hall, 2:30 p.m.

BACH/STOKOWSKI Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10


Sunday, July 30

Young Artists Wind Ensemble with H. Robert Reynolds, Conductor | Seiji Ozawa Hall, 2:30 p.m.

HUSA Smetana Fanfare

MACKEY Sheltering Sky

SCHOENBERG Theme and Variations, Op. 43a

JACOB Old Wine in New Bottles

GILLINGHAM Concerto for Woodwind Quintet and Wind Ensemble

REED La Fiesta Mexicana


Tuesday, August 1

Tanglewood on Parade, Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus with Paul Haas and Katie Woolf, Conductors | Koussevitzky Music Shed, 4 p.m.

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus perform. Repertoire by composers including BACH/STOKOWSKI, DOVE, GJEILO, LARSEN, LAURIDSEN, RAHMAN/arr. SPERRY, SHOSTAKOVICH, and SPENCER

Saturday, August 5

Young Artists Chorus with Katie Woolf, Conductor | Seiji Ozawa Hall, 2:30 p.m.



Women of the Young Artists Chorus perform in Chopin and Mendelssohn with Hans Graf, Conductor | Koussevitzky Music Shed, 8 p.m.

MENDELSSOHN Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12

Opera Scenes, Young Artists Vocal Program | West Street Theatre, 6:30 p.m.


Saturday, August 12

Young Artists Orchestra with Ken-David Masur, Conductor | Seiji Ozawa Hall, 2:30 p.m.

HONEGGER Pastorale d’été

SAINT-SAËNS Phaéton, Op. 39

BIZET Suite No. 2 from L’Arlésienne

LUTOSŁAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra



Chamber Music Hall | 297 West Street, Lenox

Church on the Hill | 169 Main Street, Lenox

Koussevitzky Music Shed | 297 West Street, Lenox

Seiji Ozawa Hall | 297 West Street, Lenox

Trinity Church | 88 Walker Street, Lenox

West Street Theatre | 45 West Street, Lenox



Ozawa Hall Young Artists Orchestra Concerts: $12

Tickets available at or day-of pickup at the gate.

Tanglewood on Parade and BSO events: Varies

Tickets available at or day-of pickup at the box office.

All Other Performances: Free Admission

No ticket required.


Performances and repertoire are subject to change. Please visit for updated schedules.




Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is a program of Boston University College of Fine Arts. It is recognized as one of the nation’s premiere summer training programs for aspiring young musicians and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. Founded in 1966, BUTI is a result of the vision of Erich Leinsdorf, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at the time, who invited BU to create a summer program for high school musicians as a counterpart to the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center. Scores of BUTI alumni have gone on to illustrious careers in music, including dozens who perform in the top orchestras in the country.


Each summer, BUTI accepts a select group of talented high school and early college-age musicians, inviting them to BU’s 64-acre campus in Lenox, MA, for training programs in orchestra, voice, wind ensemble, piano, composition, and harp, as well as workshops for individual instruments and string chamber music. The BUTI class of 2017 represents students from 35 states and 11 foreign countries. These 400 students were selected through a


rigorous application and audition process, now open to students ages 10–20 with the addition of new middle school programming in 2017. For more admissions and enrollment information, visit


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth–largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.


Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.



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