Application Deadline for 2016 Academy is February 15

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The deadline for applying to the 2016 ABS Academy is fast approaching—all applications are due Monday, February 15, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. PST. The Academy is a unique opportunity for study, training, and performance of Baroque music and historically informed performance practice at the highest level. This year’s Academy will be held August 1-14, 2016, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

 

Admission to the Academy is through competitive application. Candidates must submit materials including 2 letters of recommendation, audio recordings (audition repertory guidelines here), and pay a $35 application fee. All application materials are submitted online. For more information, visit our Academy page or contact Academy Administrator Jeff McMillan (jmcmillan@americanbach.org or 415-621-7900, ext. 204).

Begun in 2010, the ABS Academy has prepared between 50 and 75 musicians each summer for professions in Early Music. Our graduates have gone on to lead extraordinary careers all over the world and many have performed with elite Early Music ensembles, including American Bach Soloists, since completing the program.

In December 2015, 13 Academy graduates performed as members of the orchestra, choir, and as vocal soloists in ABS’s performances of Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and 24 performed in ABS’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah at Grace Cathedral.

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Former Academy participants at Grace Cathedral after performing Handel's Messiah: Lindsay Strand-Polyak (violin, 2013, 2014), Tatiana Chulochnikova (violin, 2010), Vijay Chalasani (viola, 2014)

Former Academy participants at Grace Cathedral after performing Handel’s Messiah in December 2015: Lindsay Strand-Polyak (violin, 2013, 2014), Tatiana Chulochnikova (violin, 2010), Vijay Chalasani (viola, 2013)

Justin Bland (trumpet, 2013, 2014) and Ramón Negrón (viola, 2014, 2015)

Justin Bland (trumpet, 2012, 2013) and Ramón Negrón (viola, 2014, 2015)

 

Shawn Alger (bass, 2014, 2015), soprano Cheryl Sumsion (American Bach Choir), and Daniel Turkos (bass, 2014, 2015)

Shawn Alger (bass, 2014, 2015), soprano Cheryl Sumsion (American Bach Choir), and Daniel Turkos (bass, 2014, 2015)