Beneficence Graduate Woodwind Quintet

In Fall 2019, the School of Music will launch the Beneficence Woodwind Quintet, a two-year ensemble-in-residence comprised of Artist Diploma, Master’s degree, and/or Doctor of Arts degree students who exhibit a passion for chamber music performance. With an emphasis on performance, teaching, and entrepreneurship, the quintet will perform throughout the region and participate in international chamber music competitions.

Pre-formed groups and individuals are encouraged to apply. All Interested students must apply as an individual to one of the following programs:

Master's of Music      Doctor of Arts      Artist Diploma

Mentorship and Training

The Beneficence Woodwind Quintet will be mentored by the Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet, one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished faculty-in-residence ensembles of its kind. There will also be opportunities to perform in master classes with internationally acclaimed woodwind quintets and guest artists. Recent guest artist ensembles include the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Imani Winds, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Additionally, members of the Beneficence Quintet will be appointed co-principal in the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, have regularly scheduled time in our state-of-the-art recording studios, and have opportunities to commission new works through the School of Music’s New Music Festival.

The quintet will receive support for ensemble travel and professional development opportunities, and will be encouraged to create a distinctive artistic voice and direction.

Assistantship Information

Quintet members will receive a full-time assistantship (20 hours per week) which includes a remission of the major part of tuition and fees (remaining tuition and fees typically total about $1,500 per semester) and an annual stipend as follows:

  • Master’s - $7,000
  • Artist Diploma - $7,100
  • Doctorate - $12,000

Assistantship hours will consist of the following:

  • 10 hours per week for quintet rehearsals
  • 7 hours per week playing in the Ball State Symphony Orchestra
  • 3 hours per week for performances and competitions

Admissions and Auditions

All interested students are required to apply to the Ball State Graduate School as well as to the School of Music. International applicants must apply through the Rinker Center for Global Affairs.

Auditions may be scheduled individually with the applied performance area faculty member. The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

Graduate School Application     International Admissions

Music Application      Audition Requirements


Contact Keith Sweger, professor of bassoon and woodwind area chair, at 765-285-5511 or email