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.
“fulfilling, musically rewarding, and a great growing experience”
“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.
"My life without this music, I think, would be emptier."
“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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