The Academy dates for 2018 are Monday, July 30 – Sunday, August 12. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. on July 30, so we ask that all participants arrive no later than Sunday evening, July 29. The final concert on Sunday, August 12 concludes at 4:30 p.m. , followed by a closing reception for Academy Participants, Faculty, Board, and Staff. We recommend that you do not book departing flights before 8 p.m. on August 12.
Almost every domestic airline flies into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK), many of them direct from other major US cities. Both airports can be accessed via BART, our metro system. Please visit www.bart.gov for schedules, pricing, and more information. The BART station in San Francisco you’ll most likely be using is Civic Center/UN Plaza.
Many participants have been very resourceful in creating opportunities to raise funds for their travel expenses in their own communities. Among these are soliciting a scholarship foundation in their hometown, asking members of their social organizations, presenting house concerts, or creating YouTube and crowdfunding opportunities. We are happy to provide you with any information that you might need to fulfill one or more of these endeavors. Additionally organizations such as Early Music America [earlymusicamerica.org] offer travel grants for summer study programs.
Steve Lehning, ABS Artistic Administrator, will consult with the individual faculty members about what assignments will be made for Purcell’s King Arthur and the Bach Mass in B Minor. In addition to those works, you will be assigned a number of chamber works. All of this music will be mailed June 1, so the ABS office will be sending an email to you in May asking for a mailing address that will be valid from June 1 through June 15. By the time you arrive in August, there will also be digital copies available for you to look at (these files will include scores as well as individual parts). At the conclusion of the Academy we will need to get the parts for the two large works back, but the chamber music copies will be yours to keep.
Every participant will receive a ticket request form prior to your arrival in San Francisco. Participants are given one complimentary ticket to every performance in which they are not performing.