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Honors Music Institute 2021 will be held July 12-16.

The Honors Music Institute 2021, scheduled for July 12 – 16, 2021, will be held virtually as part of Penn State’s efforts to maintain public health and safety in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

This decision was made with your health and the well-being of our community in mind. 

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The Honors Music Institute has partnered with Acceptd to host our applications.  Please refer to your area of study for general information regarding the audition and application requirements.  Please visit the Acceptd landing page when you are ready to begin your application and upload your audition materials.  (Note: there is a $30 application fee, payable by credit/debit card through Acceptd.)

You may submit audition videos/applications for more than one area of study, but will be placed in only ONE, based on the review of the audition videos.

You will find the areas of study listed below. Each one also contains a link to the Acceptd landing page and audition instructions specific to that area of study. Good luck!

Apply to Chamber Choir

Apply to Composition

Apply to Piano

Apply to Jazz Combo

Apply to Wind Ensemble

Apply to Music Technology

All accepted students are required to participate in the final concerts on Saturday (when the Institute is held In-Person.)

2021 Registration Information:

Should you be accepted into The Honors Music Institute, you will receive registration materials electronically. 

Registration fees are as follows: $420 (early bird registration-ending June 18) and $445 (regular registration-ending July 2).

Participants will have the opportunity to register for a 30-minute private lesson with Honors Music Institute faculty for an additional $30.00.

Partial scholarships may be available to qualified students upon acceptance to The Honors Music Institute. Scholarship information will be sent with registration materials to accepted participants. We encourage students to explore other possibilities for funding such as school music parent organizations, community/religious organizations and do-it-yourself fundraising websites such as GoFundMe (

Note: Rising seniors interested in majoring in music at Penn State may have the opportunity to have their participation in The Honors Music Institute serve as their audition to the Penn State School of Music. Information to follow upon acceptance to The Honors Music Institute.

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