Letters of recommendation should come from professionals who can thoughtfully comment on your musical abilities with appropriate acumen. Choose, if possible, a professional in the field who knows your current level of playing or singing, and who functions in a supervisory (or directorial) role.
The list of Audition Repertory Guidelines is quite specific. But also consider carefully that, in most cases, we will know your musical interests and aptitude only by the materials that you submit. In light of this, submit a range of repertoire that will show your abilities in various genres. For example, if most or all of your submitted materials primarily represent a focus on a particular period, style, or technique, our faculty may not be able to assume that you are also proficient in other periods, styles, or techniques.
Absolutely not. Recordings must be without any digital editing, other than the removal of silence or unimportant audio or video data before or after a complete musical selection. We cannot stress this point enough. Our faculty are experienced recording artists, and any departure from this policy may affect the consideration of your application.
There are no "pre-qualifications" for re-admission into ABS Academies for subsequent years. You must file a new online application. We strongly suggest that you also submit new audio/video examples of your work to show your current levels of proficiency. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the faculty member(s) for your instrumental or vocal studio.
Notifications about acceptances, wait listing, etc. will be sent between during the month of March, with final notices being sent by March 31st.
Upon submitting your application, your referee will receive an email from Acceptd with instructions on how to submit their letter of recommendation.
Link for help with Recommendation Letters:
For further assistance with your application, you may contact the Acceptd Support Team:
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. on the first day of the Academy, so all participants must arrive no later than the Sunday evening before. The final concert on the Sunday of the second week 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 that day.
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.
Steven Lehning, ABS Artistic Administrator, will consult with the individual faculty members about repertoire assignments. In addition to major works (including Bach's Mass in B Minor), 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 at the end of July, there will also be digital copies available for you to study (these files will include scores as well as individual parts). At the conclusion of the Academy, parts for the two large works must be returned, 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 eligible for one complimentary ticket to every performance in which they are not performing.