Bay View Wind Institute


We strive to provide the most unique collegiate chamber music experience in the country, featuring a 2:1 student-faculty ratio, a focus on wind quintet repertoire, and an opportunity to develop your musical leadership skills.

Do you love to perform chamber music at a high level? Do you want to propel your musical skills towards a professional career? Do you hunger for inside information about forming and running a wind quintet?

The Wind Institute at Bay View Music Festival will provide all of that and much more! Located in one of North America's most spectacular settings, the Bay View Wind Institute provides unparalleled opportunities to learn, perform, and collaborate while soaking in the sandy beaches and historical beauty of Northern Michigan.

This exciting collaboration pairs this unique wind quintet training experience with the oldest music festival in the United States. The Bay View Music Festival is part of a Chautauqua community and features a variety of professional and student performances throughout the summer in addition to classes, lessons, coaching, and much more.

  • SESSION 1: Arrive Sunday, June 14; Depart Sunday, July 12, 2020
  • SESSION 2: Arrive Sunday, July 12; Depart Monday, August 10, 2020
  • FULL 8-WEEK SESSION: Arrive Sunday, June 14; Depart Monday, August 10, 2010

A Typical Day in an Atypical Place

The Bay View environment mirrors life as a professional freelance musician, offering a balance of coaching, rehearsal, practice, and free time. As an example, a typical day might look like this:

  • Private lesson
  • Quintet rehearsal
  • Class on resume development
  • Lunch
  • Quintet coaching with faculty
  • Break - go to the beach
  • Recital practice time
  • Dinner
  • Opera pit orchestra rehearsal
  • Free time

Tuition and Scholarship

When you consider the cost of college tuition, room, and board, Bay View's price is an enormous value, but work-study, merit and need-based scholarship, and other opportunities are an incredible value. Once you arrive on campus, there is no need for a car, as the practice building, 1,100-seat auditorium, 200-seat theatre, dorm, faculty studios and the grandeur of Lake Michigan are all within a short walk. [Read more...]

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Contact Us

For general questions about the program, please contact Artistic Director Chris Ludwa at (231) 225-8877 or If you have specific questions about this seminar, please contact Kristen Holritz at

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225