Tango for Musicians and Composers at Reed College


Registration is now closed. The program is limited to 100 participants.

Tango for Musicians 2017 Schedule

Financial aid applications December 1, 2016–January 30, 2017
Financial aid decisions February 10, 2017
Early bird registration January 16, 2017–March 17, 2017
Regular registration March 18, 2017–June 5, 2017
1st Ensemble Assignments March 31, 2017
2nd Ensemble Assignments May 1, 2017

Steps for Registration

  1. Fill out the registration form and submit payment (full tuition is due at the time of registration). This will reserve your spot for our program.
  2. Send us a video that best represents your playing (see instructions below). Our evaluation team will use these videos to make ensemble assignments and place participants in the appropriate level for our instrumental techniques classes.
  3. You will receive your ensemble assignment, parts, and materials for your tiered instrumental techniques classes no later than March 31, 2017. These materials will be sent to you as PDF files via email. We ask you to arrive on campus having printed out and prepared these materials on your own so that ensembles and instrumental techniques classes can hit the ground running.

If you need to cancel your registration, please contact tango@reed.edu. We will refund 100% of your tuition until March 31, and then 50% of your tuition until May 31. Tuition is not refundable after May 31.

Recording Your Video

After registering, you will need to submit a video of yourself playing your instrument. That video will only be seen by our leveling team and will not be published or shared.

Note that this is not an audition. We just want to get a sense of your experience and proficiency on your instrument in order to make ensemble and instrumental techniques assignments.

The video can feature any genre of music (tango, classical, jazz, folk, etc.). A recording of a performance in which you stand out as a soloist is preferred, although it need not necessarily be a solo performance.

The video does not need to be technically sophisticated (a perfectly good video can be made with most smartphones) but should fairly represent your level of playing.

If you play multiple instruments, please choose a primary instrument that you will play in ensembles and focus on in instrumental techniques classes, which are instrument-specific and will be tiered according to level and experience.

Beginning bandoneón players are not required to submit a video. Simply indicate that you want to participate in our beginning bandoneon track when you register, and you are all set.

Submitting Your Video

On your application form we will ask you to submit a YouTube link to your video. It’s important that the privacy settings of the video are set to Public or Unlisted, or our leveling team will not be able to see it, and your registration cannot be completed.

If you don’t know how to upload a video to YouTube or how to change the privacy settings of the video, check out the following tutorial:


Pre-Formed Ensembles

For our 2017 edition, we will only accept pre-formed ensembles that meet the following conditions:

  • The group must have at least four members
  • All members of the group must register at least 60 days before the start of the event
  • Members of the group will not receive any additional discounts for being part of an ensemble

If you are interested in participating in Tango for Musicians as a pre-formed ensemble, each member of the group should indicate the group's name and this request in the comments field of the registration form at the time of registration.


Please contact us with any questions or concerns via email at tango@reed.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

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