Please note: Bravo! will not be offered during the summer of 2017.

Bravo is a program designed around advanced studies for the serious string player and pianist.

Bravo! was established in 1989 to meet the needs of the growing number of young musicians who choose to spend a portion of each summer focusing on their development as musicians and instrumentalists. Students receive a one-hour private lesson, one technique class and two chamber music coaching sessions weekly.

Bravo!'s raison d'etre remains that of individual development. In addition to performance classes held by faculty, master classes by guest artists—who have included Abbey Simon, Janos Starker, Jorja Fleezanis and Tony Ross—enhance an already exciting environment. Student recitals are held twice each week and are attended by the public. Faculty recitals are presented on Sunday afternoons.


Bravo! takes place mid-June to early July. Participants can depart after the final concert. 

Housing and Meals

Housing for Bravo! students is found in Middlebrook Hall. The charge for an air-conditioned room and three meals per day, for the full 28 days is $1,800 (each additional night is $60). Day students may purchase a meal ticket. For more information, please contact the Bravo! program director. Students who wish to live off campus should make their own arrangements.

Faculty & Guest Artists

Name Specialty
Sally O'Reilly Bravo! ounder and Director, violin
Ariane Alexander Piano
Alexander Braginsky Piano
Bruce Coppock Chamber music
Pheobe Dalton Cello
Denis Evstuhin Piano
John Gilbert Violin
Yair Kless Violin
Ivan Konev Piano
Jonathan Magness Violin
Lucia May Violin
Tanya Remenikova Cello
Tania Spector Piano
Eriko Tsuchihashi Violin
Hong Wang Cello

Upcoming Bravo! events

There are no events currently scheduled.

Typical Bravo! Day

7:00 a.m. Breakfast 
8:30 a.m. Practice* 
12:30 p.m. Lunch 
1:30 p.m. Chamber music 
2:30 p.m. Technique class 
3:30 p.m. Master class 
5:30 p.m. Dinner 
6:30 p.m. Free time 
7:30 p.m. Recital or recreation 
10:30 p.m. In dorm (pre-college students)


The $1,800 tuition fee includes four private lessons, four technique classes and eight chamber music coachings, as well as all master classes and concerts. A $400 deposit is required upon acceptance to reserve your space. If cancellation is made before June 1, $250 of this deposit is refundable.

Financial Aid

Bravo! tuition is heavily subsidized by the University of Minnesota, which keeps its cost well below that of similar programs elsewhere. Therefore, scholarships are granted to outstanding students on a need-only basis, upon request and following confirmation of need.


To apply for admission, complete the application form and send it with an audition CD or DVD and $75 application fee to:

Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Insititute
 University of Minnesota School of Music

100 Ferguson Hall 
2106 Fourth Street South

Minneapolis, MN 55455 

Please make your checks payable to the University of Minnesota with Bravo on the memo line. The $75 application fee is not refundable.

Application deadline: May 1, 2016
After this date, space at Bravo! will be awarded based on availability.

Audition CD or DVD

Please send a CD or DVD of approximately five to 10 minutes of repertoire that represents your highest performance level.