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Horn Institute

Key Information

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Adam Unsworth


Applications not available for summer 2015

MPulse Horn Institute will return in 2016 upon the completion of the E. V. Moore Building renovation and expansion. We can't wait to see you in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance's beautiful new facilities next summer!



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This session will focus on developing strong fundamentals, improving tone production, and enhancing technical skills. Class offerings include:

  • Minimum of one private lesson each week
  • Daily master classes
  • Etude and solo repertoire
  • Chamber music
  • Individual warm-ups
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • College audition preparation
  • Theory/musicianship classes


Application Procedure


The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)


  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Recorded Audition Upload




Performance (Upload)
Upload a 3-5 minute long recorded audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment (for example, a piece performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival, an etude, or an excerpt from something being played at school.) The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills. You will be provided with an upload link following your online application submission.


Recommendation (Upload)
(Optional) You may have one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) assess your work in a letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.


“The level of teaching from the faculty is fantastic. I always feel like my lessons and instructions were made just for me in order to help me improve. Even after going for two years to MPulse, I always feel like there is something new that I learn every time I walk into a classroom!”
Christopher, Horn 2012, OH
Horn Institute Horn student Horn Ensemble 2012 MPulse Horn

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