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Brazilian Music Institute / 2017 Overview

Founded and organized by Dr. Welson Tremura in 2001, the University of Florida’s Brazilian Music Institute (BMI) is a training ground for Brazilian music. Combining classical and popular styles of music, each year the BMI brings outstanding artists for a weeklong event designed to extend the experience and expand the possibilities of learning and performing Brazilian music. Through daily rehearsals and group lessons in Brazilian music with guest artists, the BMI offers a challenging and exciting atmosphere in addition to an aesthetically and socially rewarding activity for all participants. The Brazilian Music Institute is a genuine Brazilian musical experience in the USA.

2017 Brazilian Music Institute
May 22-27, 2017

Broward College, Davie, FL

The University of Florida’s (UF) Brazilian Music Institute (BMI), now in its seventeenth year, will gather outstanding Brazilian musicians for an intensive week of instruction May 22-27, 2017. Thanks in part to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, BMI will expand its reach and impact through a partnership with Broward College to bring BMI to South Florida. This year’s BMI, taking place at Broward College, provides unique opportunities for singers, guitarists, percussionists, drummers, pianists and other instrumentalists to study with exceptional musicians such as: Sinhô Francisco, Cesinha, Ulisses Rocha, Welson Tremura, Larry Crook, Vadim Arsky, Alex Berti, Jason Hainsworth, Mike Orta, Scott Wilson, Beatriz Malnic, and the Brazilian Voices. BMI features daily rehearsals and group lessons in Brazilian instrumental music as well as a concluding concert on Friday, May 26, 2017 in Bailey Hall (Davie) entitled Terra Brazil Meets Jazz featuring the guest artists and selected BMI participants. We hope you will join us for a week of some of the best of Brazilian music.

Supported in part by:
Broward College
Consulate General of Brazil in Miami
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
UF Center for Latin American Studies
UF Center for World Arts
U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program

Registration Information
To learn more and register to attend this year's event, click here

For more information about the 2017 Brazilian Music Institute, please contact Welson Tremura at

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