2021/2022 Young Artists Academy

Below is information from 2019/2020 to give you an idea of how the program looked pre-COVID. All information is subject to change for 2021/2022.

General Academy Information

Students may sign up for one of two options

Option 1:

  • 1 small chamber ensemble (1 hour) and theory or composition class (1 hour)
  • 2 hour commitment on Saturdays from either 2-4pm OR 3-5pm
  • Hours determined after placement auditions and theory testing

Option 2:

  • 2 small chamber ensembles (2 hours) and theory or composition class (1 hour)
  • 3 hour commitment on Saturdays from 2-5pm

Theory and Composition classes

All students will take a placement exam the first day of each semester to determine placement. Students that place out of theory will be put into a composition class. All other students will be placed in an appropriate theory class.

Young Artists Academy Location

Armstrong Community Music School
404 Camp Craft Road
Austin, TX 78746

Placement Auditions

Placement auditions are for chamber ensemble placement only. Once the online registration and tuition is taken care of students have secured their place in the Academy. In order to place students into the right ensembles we need to meet and hear them!

Audition Dates:
Fall Semester: August
Spring Semester: January

Audition Material:
Students are asked to prepare 2 contrasting solos/etudes of their choice (1 slow and musical / 1 faster and technical). Portions of pieces or movements are fine. Both selections should be approximately 1 minute in length. Students will be asked to do some sight-reading.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Semester Dates

Fall Semester September – December
Academy meets on Saturdays between the hours of 2:00-5:00pm
Registration Deadline August
Placement Auditions August
Spring Semester January – May
Academy meets on Saturdays between the hours of 2:00-5:00pm
Registration Deadline January

Enrollment Options & Tuition Fees

Fall & Spring Semesters / one ensemble & theory $640
Fall & Spring Semesters / two ensembles & theory $840
One Semester / one ensemble & theory $370
One Semester / two ensembles & theory $520

Please note: The Enrollment Options and Tuition Fees reflect the 2019/2020 year and are subject to change for 2021/2022

Merit Scholarship Ensembles – Back in 2021/2022!

Merit Scholarship Ensembles are formed within the Young Artists Academy each fall. Serious advanced students will be selected for MSE and will serve as ACMC ambassadors at Synchronism concerts, community outreach, receptions, and other events throughout the year. Students interested in the MSE are required to commit to both the Fall & Spring semesters of the Young Artists Academy and will be asked to meet outside Academy hours as needed. MSE positions will be re-auditioned each year. Each MSE student will be assessed a minimal administration fee for the year. MSE will submit an application to the Coltman Competition in the spring semester to represent ACMC!

All instrumentalists are welcome to audition for these merit ensembles. Chamber ensembles will be determined after all fall auditions have been heard. If you’re interested please contact the Director of Education.

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