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Brazilian Music Institute / 2016 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.

2016 Brazilian Music Institute
May 16-20, 2016

Broward College, Davie, FL

The University of Florida’s (UF) Brazilian Music Institute (BMI), now in its fifteenth year, will gather outstanding Brazilian musicians for an intensive week of instruction May 16-20, 2016. 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: Jovino Santos Neto, Renato Martins, Ulisses Rocha, Welson Tremura, Larry Crook, Vadim Arsky, Beatriz Malnic, Loren Oliveira and the  Brazilian Voices. BMI features daily rehearsals and group lessons in Brazilian instrumental music as well as a concluding concert on Friday, May 20, 2016 in Bailey Hall (Davie) entitled Felicidade: Happiness Brazilian Style 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:
Art Serve
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
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For more information about the 2016 Brazilian Music Institute, please contact Welson Tremura at

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