American Bach Soloists
July 26 – August 8 2021

a tuition-free advanced training program exclusively for emerging professionals and highly accomplished students of Historically Informed Performance Practice


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The American Bach Soloists ACADEMY was founded in 2010 with the purpose of providing mentorship and artistic support to those musicians who are seeking to bridge the gap between advanced conservatory, university, or personal studies and an emerging career, either as soloists, chamber musicians, or with professional Early Music institutions.

Since the ACADEMY's inaugural year, more than 500 participants have been admitted from around the world, representing Australia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Republic of Singapore, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and Venezuela.

Drawing on their distinguished roster of performers—named “the best American specialists in early music” by The Washington Post—the American Bach Soloists ACADEMY offers advanced conservatory-level students and young professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music in a multi-disciplinary learning environment.

Alexa Haynes-Pilon, violoncello

“fulfilling, musically rewarding, and a great growing experience”

Matthew Cramer, baritone

“If I had to sum up the Academy in just a few words... busy, invigorating, and incredibly informative”

The ABS Academy features limited studio sizes that provide a personalized and exclusive mentoring environment to a select group of instrumentalists and vocalists. Approximately 40 instrumentalists and 12 singers will be admitted. 

There are no age restrictions for applicants. However, the program is designed for musicians who are at a particular phase of their professional development. Applicants are considered according to their level of accomplishment and potential for a promising career in the field.

The Academy is funded in part by tickets sales for Academy & Festival events. Additional support comes from very generous Academy Sponsors and dedicated patrons.

The student/teacher ratio ranges from 2:1 to 6:1.

Gail Hernández Rosa, violin

"My life without this music, I think, would be emptier."

Samuel Siegel, countertenor

“For me this program has opened up completely new doors."

In addition to in-depth coachings and technical studies with masters of their particular instruments, string players, wind and brass players, continuo and keyboard players, and singers work together with all faculty members, gaining the perspectives of eminent and highly acclaimed professional artists from a variety of disciplines.

The ACADEMY is held in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s exquisite facilities in the heart of the city’s arts district. Jeffrey Thomas (artistic director of the American Bach Soloists) and Corey Jamason (principal keyboardist for American Bach Soloists and director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s program in Early Music) are co-directors of the ACADEMY.

Located two blocks from Davies Symphony Hall (home of the San Francisco Symphony) and the War Memorial Opera House (home of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet companies), the Conservatory offers state-of-the-art performance halls, classrooms, practice rooms, and teaching studios. Nearby housing is available at nominal cost to students.

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Celebrating 10 Years of the American Bach Soloists Academy

The ABS Academy opened its doors in July 2010

Final Chorus of Bach's Trauerode

performed by members of the 2019 Academy

"Quoniam tu solus sanctus" & "Cum Sancto Spiritu" from Lotti's "Mass for Three Choirs"

performed by members of the 2019 Academy


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While performing artists and organizations continue to embrace civic mandates regarding allowable configurations of ensembles and audiences, the American Bach Soloists stand behind only the most responsible and cautious protocols. Whereas nothing of the parameters for community safety in the future can yet be known with certainty, we continue to adhere to guidelines and mandates as required by the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (in which the ABS Academy is held).

Anticipating major advances in pandemic control over the coming months, we are going forward with plans for the 2021 Academy. Several announcements and developments are expected in coming months, including the strong likelihood of available housing options in the Conservatory's new residence hall, scheduled to open this year. 

Additionally, those candidates who were admitted as Participants in the postponed 2020 Academy have the option of claiming their deferred admissions for the 2021 program.

We look forward to resuming the robust and rich learning environment of the ABS Academy in July 2021.


PO Box 421986
San Francisco, CA 94142-1986


Phone: +1 (415) 621 7900 
Fax: +1 (415) 621 7920 

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