Oboist from Loganville to study music this summer at Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Press Release from Boston University - Tanglewood Institute

One of the Premier Training Programs for Young Musicians

Loganville High School student Jacob Duff, All-state oboist performs. Contributed photo

Jacob Duff, an oboist from Loganville will study at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) this summer. Jacob received a scholarship to attend this program.  One of North America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians ages 10–20, students study on the BUTI campus in Lenox, Massachusetts June 17–August 10, 2019. BUTI is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Each summer, BUTI accepts a select group of students ages 10 through 20 for training programs in orchestra, voice, wind ensemble, piano, composition, and harp, as well as workshops for individual instruments and string chamber music. The class of 2019 was selected through a rigorous application and audition process.

Jacob is a rising senior at Loganville High School who studies with Dr. Reid Messich, Professor of Oboe at the University of Georgia.  He has previously studied with Dr. Eric Ohlsson of Florida State University and Emily Brebach of the Atlanta Symphony while at the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute.  Jacob has played with the GMEA All State Orchestra and Band, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, and the Athens Youth Symphony.  Earlier this year, he played at Carnegie Hall with the Honors Performance Series Band.  He plans on studying oboe performance in college.

The musicians will participate in robust concert and recital programming throughout the Berkshires. They will participate in workshops led by distinguished performers and teachers from Boston University College of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and Visiting Artists such as composer and flutist Valerie Coleman (BUTI’89, BU’95), pianist-coach Douglas Sumi, and composer Nico Muhly (BUTI’96, ’97).

Created in 1966 at the invitation of then-BSO music director Erich Leinsdorf, BUTI was developed as an extension of the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), then called the Berkshire Music Center. More than fifty years and thousands of alumni later, BUTI remains a pioneer of musical training, challenging the world’s next generation of artists to perform at the highest level while providing them unparalleled access to the Tanglewood Music Festival. 

Year after year, BUTI alumni remain engaged and committed to educating new generations of young artists. This summer highlights alumni and artists who are “coming back to Tanglewood” in some way. Composer-flutist Valerie Coleman (BUTI’89, BU’95) and composer Nico Muhly (BUTI’96, ’97) come back to mentor and teach the young artists. Works by BUTI alumni Mason Bates (BUTI’94), Paul Haas (BUTI’87, ’88), and Missy Mazzoli (BUTI’98) are featured on each Young Artists Orchestra program. Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Ann Hobson Pilot, long-time principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, return to Tanglewood stages to perform the Ginastera Harp Concerto, Op. 25 with the Young Artists Orchestra. Pianist Thomas Weaver (BUTI’08) solos with the Young Artists Wind Ensemble in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Over the course of the eight-week season, BUTI students and faculty will offer more than 100 concerts and community events in the Berkshires, including approximately 30 free performances at
non-traditional venues such as retirement communities, libraries, and parks. These performances offer the young musicians a chance to bring music to audiences who might not experience it regularly, while also building their audience engagement skills.

BUTI’s Young Artists Chorus, Young Artists Orchestra, and Young Artists Wind Ensemble will perform a series in Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Tanglewood grounds from July 13–August 10, 2019. A notable roster of conductors will work with these three ensembles including Paul Haas (BUTI’87, ’88), Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Bruce Kiesling, David Martins, H. Robert Reynolds, and Katie Woolf (BU’05). BUTI’s affiliation with the BSO continues to be a highlight, and BUTI’s Young Artists Programs will be featured as part of Tanglewood on Parade on July 23 at 4 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. 

In addition to these offerings, BUTI offers a robust master class series featuring some of the world’s most esteemed artists, drawn from the roster of the Tanglewood Music Festival and beyond. This summer, the young artists will participate in a series of events and workshops at the new Tanglewood Learning Institute as part of its inaugural year of events. 

View the Full BUTI Summer Performance Schedule online


Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is a program of Boston University College of Fine Arts. It is recognized as one of the nation’s premiere summer training programs for aspiring young musicians ages 10–20 and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. Founded in 1966, BUTI is a result of the vision of Erich Leinsdorf, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at the time, who invited BU to create a summer program for high school musicians as a counterpart to the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center. Scores of BUTI alumni have gone on to illustrious careers in music, including dozens who perform in the top orchestras in the country.

Each summer, BUTI accepts a select group of talented high school and early college-age musicians, inviting them to BU’s 64-acre campus in Lenox, MA, for training programs in orchestra, voice, wind ensemble, piano, composition, and harp, as well as workshops for individual instruments and string chamber music. The class of 2019 was selected through a rigorous application and audition process. The 2019 Summer Concert Series is generously sponsored by M&T Bank. For more admissions and enrollment information, visit bu.edu/tanglewood.


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 34,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.


Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is a community of artist-scholars and scholar-artists who are passionate about the fine and performing arts, committed to diversity and inclusion, and determined to improve the lives of others through art. With programs in Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, CFA prepares students for a meaningful creative life by developing their intellectual capacity to create art, shift perspective, think broadly, and master essential 21st-century skills. CFA offers a wide array of pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, as well as a range of online degrees and certificates. Learn more at bu.edu/cfa.

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