Today the BUTI campus was finally filled with the bustle of parents, families, and talented young musicians (not to mention luggage, instruments, fans, and many, many cases of bottled water) as we welcomed the 129 workshop students who will be studying here for the next two weeks!
This summer the BUTI student body includes students from 35
states and 12 countries including Armenia, Canada, Colombia, Germany,
Japan, Nigeria, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Republic
of Singapore, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. The 354 students who will be attending BUTI this season were carefully selected from a pool of over 830 applicants after a rigorous application and audition process.
After morning registration, the students and parents attended Opening Ceremonies in the West Street Theatre led by Administrative Director Shirley Leiphon and Executive and Artistic Director Phyllis Hoffman. Professor Hoffman spoke to the students about the history of Tanglewood and the prestige of the BUTI program. She also congratulated them on their acceptance, praised their talent levels, and encouraged them to take every opportunity that this summer's immersion of "living and breathing music" would afford them. The ceremony also featured faculty performances by Don Lucas, Director of the Trombone Workshop and Ken Radnofsky, Director of the Saxophone Workshop.
The Opening Ceremonies were followed by a family BBQ on the back lawn behind Groton Place provided by the BUTI Dining Staff. After the delicious group picnic, the students proceeded to an All-Student Orientation, led by Director of Student Life and Operations Lisa Naas, where they met their RAs and various faculty and staff members whom they will be encountering during their stay. Their first night at BUTI was concluded with a mandatory floor meeting within their individual dorms where they reviewed campus rules and regulations and played ice breaker games to get to know their new roommates!
It was a very long and busy day here on campus, but it was wonderful to finally meet the first group of BUTI students, and we expect to see (and hear) amazing things from them in the coming weeks! Looking forward to a magical summer!
Click the link below to check out pictures from Move-In Day!