Frequently Asked Questions
The Institute accepts students ages 15 to adult, and (though it varies slightly each year) the majority of students are in high school and college.
How many students apply? How many will be accepted?
The average age, level and size of the applicant pool varies from year to year. Since the Institute focuses on the small group combo, we accept as many students as we can effectively arrange in balanced combos. Typically we are able to arrange eight or nine combos; therefore we accept eight or nine rhythm sections. There is more flexibility on the number of accepted brass and woodwind players.
Can I get a ride to campus from the airport or bus station?
We are unable to offer transportation services to everyone; therefore you must find your own way to campus. Please follow the Guest Information link (orange button on the top of this page) for information. If you are looking to share a taxi or travel with another participant coming from your area, please contact a member of our staff with your travel arrangements. If someone else has a similar itinerary, we will put you in touch.
Is there a recommended place for my family and friends to stay when they drop me off
or pick me up?
The Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce Web site is a good resource for local hospitality and entertainment.