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2013 Auditions & Scholarships

Arian Shaw

Visit the BUTI website for 2013 audition information! 

Admissions DL: 2/8/13

Audition Tour: January

Need-, merit-, minority-based
SCHOLARSHIPS are available for the 2013 season.

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50+ performances are given by BUTI students & faculty each season?


14 BUTI alumni are members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra?


800+ students applied to BUTI last season?


The 2012 class represented 38 states and 14 countries?  




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Welcome to the 2012 edition of encore!
I am excited to share news of the 2012 BUTI season with you - a summer that was marked by excellence, engagement, and access:

More than 350 gifted young artists from around the globe joined us this summer to experience the magic of Tanglewood.  These outstanding students thrilled audiences with performances of Beethoven's Mass in C Major, works by Michael Gandolfi and Leonard Bernstein, the Symphonie Fantastique of Berlioz, and Mahler's Sixth Symphony.  On August 4th, the "best of the best" students, chosen by the faculty based on their exemplary performance in their respective programs, performed in a BUTI Honors Recital at Ozawa Hall. 

Each week, BUTI students gave free chamber music performances for Berkshire residents and visitors at Lenox Library and Lenox Commons, as well as in local assisted-living and nursing home communities.
Thanks to the unprecedented support of friends and foundations, BUTI was able to award more than half a million dollars in scholarships to gifted students with need. These awards made it possible for 152 students - 43% of our total enrollment - to thrive in the nurturing and inspiring atmosphere of BUTI. 

I hope that you enjoy this edition of encore!, and urge you to stay in touch, share your news and BUTI memories with us, and to join us next summer at Tanglewood.

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Phyllis Hoffman, Artistic Director

Bravi, tutti  BUTI Double Basses
This fall, Max Zeugner (BUTI '00, BU '05) and Blake Hinson (BUTI '03-'04) joined the New York Philharmonic bass section, David Grossman (BUTI '94) was appointed the Acting Principal of the NY Phil's bass section, and Nicky Schwartz (BUTI '06, BU '11) joined the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Nicky Schwartz
(From top, left to right) Max Zeugner, Blake Hinson, and David Grossman of the NY Philharmonic, and Nicky Schwartz of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (photos by nyphil.org and From the Top)

BUTI in the Berkshires

This summer, young artists from the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Piano programs gave free, weekly chamber music performances througout the Lenox community. These performances, held in outdoor public spaces, local historical sites, and nursing homes, gave students the opportunity to engage and share their talents with local residents and visitors. 
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Lenox Library 2012
Above: A saxophone quartet performs at the Lenox Commons gazebo,
and a string trio performs on the lawn of the Lenox Public Library.

       BUTI Snapshots - Laura Broad's Story
Kenneth L. Broad was a gifted singer, a devoted husband and father, a longtime member of the Tanglewood Ushers & Programmers group (TUP), and a BUTI enthusiast. To honor his lifelong love of music, and his passion for music education, Ken's wife, Laura, asked friends and family to make donations in his memory in support of a scholarship for a gifted and deserving BUTI baritone each year.
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'09 Kenneth L. Broad scholarship recipient Sean Plumb

"My husband, Ken, had a beautiful baritone voice;"  she says, "he loved Tanglewood and always supported the student singers. Establishing a scholarship for a young baritone in Ken's name was one meaningful way to keep Ken's memory alive.  We plan to continue offering the scholarship for as many years as we can."

For the scholarship winners, Laura is not only a generous benefactor - she's also their biggest fan!  A seasonal resident of the Berkshires, she attends all of the scholarship winners' performances and hosts them at her family's table at the annual Ushers & Programmers Picnic.

"I have enjoyed getting to know the four scholarship recipients we have had so far.  Two were entering their freshman year of college, and two were entering their senior year in high school.  From very diverse backgrounds, all four are talented young men and most appreciative of this opportunity to study at Tanglewood for six weeks of the summer.  I enjoy keeping in touch with each of them and following their progress."

We salute you, Laura, and are grateful for your continued, generous support of gifted BUTI baritones in Ken's memory. 

Rheme and Laura Dylan and Laura 

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(From top, left to right) Laura with Kenneth L. Broad Scholarship winners Rheme Sloane ('10), Dylan Evans ('11), and Aaron Overton ('12)
Facebook Photo Contest Winners
We asked you to share your favorite BUTI photos
with us on Facebook - and you delivered! 

Out of 187 submissions, here are the fan favorites:
Greg LaRosa's (BUTI '11-'12) "Gray Box"

Ann Tigue's (BUTI parent) "Tanglewood 75th Programs"

Class of 2006 friends,
photo by Mary Tyler, BUTI '04-'07
Hanging out with Wynton Marsalis!
Photo by Erik Saras, BUTI '04-05
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Signing Off...
Dear BUTI Alumni, Students, and Friends,

What an amazing privilege it has been working with you! 

I leave BUTI this month to start a new chapter of my career at WGBH in Boston.  Though I am sad to leave, I know that BUTI will always be a home-away-from-home, and I look forward to enjoying BUTI performances with you at Tanglewood, and cheering for alumni on Facebook!

Thank you for sharing your talents, joys, and laughter with me.  It has been an honor!

Yours sincerely,
Emily E-sig
Emily Culler
Development, Alumni Relations, and Outreach Officer


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