FAQ for 2017 Participants

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 for schedules, pricing, and more information. The BART station in San Francisco you’ll most likely be using is Civic Center/UN Plaza.

In order to ensure an optimal Academy experience, we strongly encourage you to begin exploring housing options immediately. With the abundance of tech companies in San Francisco hosting summer internship programs, temporary housing in the city has become more difficult to secure. While there are plenty of good options available, waiting too long to arrange your housing can lead to problems of expensive accommodations and/or less than desirable locations. Here, you will find a few options that former Academy participants have used to great success.

Vantaggio Suites
505 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
1.2 miles away

HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel
312 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
1.3 miles away

The Monroe
1870 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
1.5 miles away

Columbus Residence
112 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
2.8 miles away

Useful websites for other options:

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 [] 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.