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Oboe Institute

All updated information and applications for 2017 MPulse Institutes will be posted in mid-November.


Key Information

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Nancy Ambrose King

July 3 - 16, 2016


Class offerings include

  • Individual instruction addressing technical and musical skills
  • Reed making
  • Performance skills (with individual and group lessons)
  • Master classes
  • Chamber music
  • Individual practice time
  • Preparation for college auditions
  • 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 5 - 10 minute long recorded audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment (for example, a piece performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival.) The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills. You will be provided an upload link following your online application fee payment.

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.


Admission Notification

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 12, 2016. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 28, 2016.   

Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.

Decisions will not be given by phone.


Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.


Audio Samples

Please visit our Media Gallery for audio from the 2014 Oboe Institute.



The General Information page includes many important items.



"MPulse really opened my eyes as to how many great people there are in the performing arts. Being surrounded by so many talented peers and teachers was very inspiring and it definitely helped me grow as a musician. Thank you so much!"
Samantha, Oboe 2014, MI
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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

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