Music Department


Instrumental Studies

MIT's music program invites qualified undergraduate and graduate classical instrumentalists to audition for the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society. In addition, in the areas of jazz and world music we have the Festival Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, a Balinese Gamelan (Galak Tika) and a Senegalese drumming ensemble (Rambax). Detailed audition information for these and other groups is available here.

MIT students with experience as soloists may audition for the annual Concerto Competition. The competition prize is a concerto performance with the MIT Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam K. Boyles, music director.

If you are a pianist, at MIT you may audition for orchestral parts, audition for the Concerto Competition, participate in the Chamber Music Society, audition for the Emerson Scholars/Fellows scholarship program for private lessons and perform recitals as part of that program, and/or collaborate as a vocal or instrumental accompanist. For further information, pianists should contact David Deveau (

Private instrumental study with Boston-area master teachers is possible through the Emerson Scholarship Program, which grants full and half scholarships by audition to current MIT students. As part of this program, the full scholarship recipients (Emerson Fellows) participate in a performance class called Advanced Music Performance and perform an hour-long recital in the spring semester.

If you wish to take private lessons and pay for them on your own, please contact our faculty for assistance in finding a private instructor. For piano, contact David Deveau (, for strings, contact Prof. Thompson (, for winds and brass, contact Jean Rife ( for jazz and percussion, contact Fred Harris, ( and for world music, contact George Ruckert ( or Evan Ziporyn (




It’s great to play with people who are committed to their music, it’s awesome knowing they all know how to do calculus as well.”

Michael Chen ’12