Music Preservation Institute

Application deadline extended to June 1, 2023!

INS 434
Music Preservation Institute
July 31-August 4, 2023 / Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Room: NSL 305

Alice Carli

This course is available in two formats: a one-week in-person institute and a six-week online workshop. This listing describes the in-person institute. For information about the online workshop, click here.

The video content and course organization that went into making this class so successful during the online-only summers of 2020 and 2021 adds new value to the traditional live version of the course. We now have two formats available: students may take the course either in one live, action-packed week, or spread the learning over the summer with the support of Zoom classes, videos, and other useful supplementary materials. Students choosing either option are invited to take advantage of all the opportunities available in both.

The focus of the course is hands-on experience in repair techniques and preservation strategies for musical scores, with particular emphasis on matching preservation decisions to library mission. A combination of in-person discussions, demonstrations and hands-on practice will cover administration and workflow organization for binding, conservation, digitization, and special materials. And those who sign up for the live course will also receive access to the videos and other content prepared for the virtual version, for continued reference long after the summer is over. The course is intended for professional and support staff; private collectors also welcome.

For more information, contact Alice Carli at (585) 274-1375 or

This institute is designed as a residential program; participants may reserve on-campus housing and meals at the Eastman Student Living Center. The housing cost includes three meals per day. Note that housing space is limited this year; please reserve early once you have confirmed you will attend. For information about on-campus housing and a list of resources for those staying off-campus, click here.

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: class begins Monday, July 31 at 9 a.m.
Last scheduled activity: class ends Friday, August 4 at 5 p.m.

Professional Development Hours: 35
$725 / noncredit (institute tuition only)
$1,265 / tuition with housing and meals     

“This workshop reinforced my current knowledge and practices. I was able to learn [and] practice new techniques that will be implemented in my current workflows. — 2022 Music Preservation Institute participant

Click HERE to register