Adult Academy

A chamber music coaching program for adult amateur musicians who seek to learn and perform chamber music in a variety of configurations.

During the regular season, avocational musicians (ages 18 & up) are placed into groups and assigned a professional musician-coach. Sessions are scheduled by the group at a mutually convenient time and location for both group members and coach, providing flexibility for the ensemble.

Fall 2020 plans will be announced in September, please check back!

2019/2020 Information


  • Four 90-minute coaching sessions per semester by professional musicians
  • Masterclasses by local and visiting artists
  • Outreach and formal performance opportunities
  • FREE tickets to all Saturday Synchronism Concerts

2019/2020 Placement Auditions

Placement auditions are just an opportunity to meet and hear new faces to the program. No pressure!

Audition Dates:
Fall Semester: Saturday, August 17
Spring Semester: Saturday, January 11

Armstrong Community Music School, 404 Camp Craft Road

Audition Material:
Adult musicians will be asked to prepare 2 contrasting solos/etudes of their choice, or portions of these pieces (both approximately 1-2 minutes in length).

Set Up An Audition:
Contact Jeni Gossard, Director of Education, at 512.454.7562 or

2019/2020 Important Dates

Fall Semester Dates September 7 – December 14, 2019
Registration Deadline Thursday, August 15
Placement Auditions (@ Armstrong School) Saturday, August 17
First day of the Semester Saturday, September 7
Outreach Performance Wednesday, December 11
Final Formal Concert Saturday, December 14
Spring Semester Dates January 25 – May 9, 2020
Registration Deadline Thursday, January 9
Placement Auditions (@ Armstrong School) Saturday, January 11
First day of the Semester Saturday, January 25
Outreach Performance Wednesday, May 6
Final Formal Concert Saturday, May 9

2019/2020 Adult Academy Fees

Single Semester (1 ensemble) $160
Both Fall and Spring Semesters (1 ensemble) $265
Single Semester (2 ensembles) $230
Both Fall and Spring Semesters (2 ensembles) $405


NO tuition refunds will be given after September 7 (if registering for the fall only or fall/spring semesters together) & January 25 (if registering for the spring semester only).

Any requested refunds will be subject to a $20 fee.

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