Primary Division

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The Primary Division is a half day or full day camp designed for intermediate to advanced students ages 7-10. Students will work in small and large music ensembles with nurturing faculty who will instill musicianship, internal rhythm, listening skills, leadership and confidence while having fun and meeting new friends! This division is open to violin, viola, cello, and piano players. However, we do ask that students have a minimum of 1 year of private instruction and be able to read music before enrolling. If you have any questions about this, please contact Jeni Gossard, Director of Education, before enrolling.

After two years away, our first priority at the 2022 Summer Workshop is student, faculty, staff, and community safety. We are closely monitoring the pandemic and its impact on in-person rehearsals, performances, and gatherings. Updated COVID safety precautions will be sent out to all registered families, participants, and guests as the Workshop nears. ACMC will be following all City of Austin, CDC, and/or venue guidelines. Set protocols are subject to change before and during the Workshop.

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Important Dates

Registration Now Closed  
Tuition balance due (no tuition refunds will be given after this date) Monday, June 20
Student packet & t-shirt pick up at UT (times TBA) Friday, July 8 | Saturday, July 9 | Sunday, July 10
First day of the Primary Division Monday, July 11
Final performance in Bates Recital Hall – FREE Admission Saturday, July 23 @ 10:00 AM

TO NOTE BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • Attendance Policy: ALL Primary Division students are REQUIRED to attend ALL days of the workshop to participate, including the final concert on Saturday, July 23. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • UT Parking: The Primary Division will take place at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. Please note that there is NO free parking on campus. Participants will receive UT parking options along with student drop off and pick up instructions prior to the start of the workshop.

Handbook, Daily Schedule, and Activities

Workshop Handbook Please download and READ CAREFULLY before registering for the Workshop!


The Primary Division has two enrollment options: Half Day or Full Day

Half Day Workshop runs from 8:30am to 1:00pm (Monday-Friday) with the final concert taking place on Saturday, July 23 at 10am in Bates Recital Hall (keep your schedules open from 9:00am to 12:30pm). Students will be performing multiple times during this concert. See below for general weekday schedule:

  • 8:30am: Morning meeting
  • 8:50am: Small chamber ensembles & Music Project (percussion/rhythm) rehearsals
  • 10:10am: Finale rehearsal (large ensemble)
  • 10:35am: Snack break
  • 11:00am: Small chamber ensembles & Music Project (percussion/rhythm) rehearsals
  • 12:25pm: Presentation or Group activity
  • 1:00pm: End of day/pick up

Full Day Workshop runs from 8:30am to 4:30pm (Monday-Friday). Thursday, July 21 will be an early pick-up day and students will need to be picked up between 1:30-2:00pm. The final concert taking place on Saturday, July 23 at 10am in Bates Recital Hall (keep your schedules open from 9:00am to 12:30pm). Students will be performing multiple times during this concert. See below for general weekday schedule:

  • 8:30am: Morning meeting
  • 8:50am: Small chamber ensembles & Music Project (percussion/rhythm) rehearsals
  • 10:10am: Finale rehearsal (large ensemble)
  • 10:35am: Snack break
  • 11:00am: Small chamber ensembles & Music Project (percussion/rhythm) rehearsals
  • 12:25pm: Presentation or Group activity
  • 1:00pm: Lunch (students need to bring their own lunch each day)
  • 1:30pm: Afternoon activities will change day to day and will be tailored to the students enrollment. Activities could include music & rhythmic activities, percussion projects, music presentations, etc.
  • 4:30pm: End of day/pick up

Participating students will receive:

  • Chamber music coaching: All students will be placed in 2 different chamber ensembles; 2-5 players
  • Large ensemble experience
  • Music appreciation and composition
  • Daily presentations by Festival artists-in-residence and workshop faculty
  • Musical and rhythmical games and activities
  • FREE admission to select Festival Concerts

Tuition, Private Lessons, and Financial Assistance

Primary Division Tuition

  • Half Day full tuition (8:30am-1:00pm) = $525
  • Full Day full tuition (8:30am-4:30pm) = $825

There are 2 enrollment payment options

  • Option 1: Pay the full tuition upon registering ($525 for Half Day | $825 for Full Day)
  • Option 2: Pay a $225 non-refundable deposit upon registering and the tuition balance ($300 Half Day | $600 Full Day) on or by June 20

Parents should either pay the deposit OR full tuition, NOT both, when registering! No tuition refunds will be given after June 20, 2022. Deposits are non-refundable. Tuition cannot be credited to any other ACMC program.


Private Lessons
Students have the option of signing up for 1-2 private lessons (additional cost outside the program tuition) upon registering or later prior to the first day of the workshop. Private lessons outside the workshop are highly encouraged; however, we are offering extra help for those that want it during the workshop. Lessons are 45 minutes long and will be assigned to a workshop faculty member by the Director of Education.

  • One private lesson during the workshop = $40
  • Two private lessons during the workshop = $80

Half Day students: Private lessons will be scheduled around 1:45pm the week before the workshop begins. On lesson day students will bring a lunch and eat with the Full Day students then will go to their lesson. This means parents will have a later pick up time.


Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available to families in need. Our goal is to offer all students the opportunity to participate in the workshop regardless of financial background. If you’d like to inquire about financial assistance contact Jeni Gossard BEFORE the registration deadline and before registering. The financial assistance application deadline extended through Friday, May 13.

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 Workshop. In order to place students into the most appropriate ensemble and to select music we need to hear them! Any questions regarding whether a student is ready for chamber music should be directed to Jeni Gossard, Director of Education, BEFORE registering.

All new AND returning students that did not participate in the spring 2022 Young Artists Academy semester will be asked to do a placement audition. Auditions are required to get everyone’s most accurate playing level for ensemble pairing and music selecting!

My child plays two instruments: Students may audition on 2 instruments (they are placed in 2 chamber ensembles during the workshop) as long as they have been playing for at least 1 year on both instruments. Students will be required to prepare audition materials on both instruments. When registering put down both instruments and other information that is asked.


There are TWO ways to complete a placement audition:

Option 1:  Pre-Record a Video Audition

  • Instead of an in-person audition, submit a video audition
  • Video submission deadline:  Monday, May 23
  • Video audition material: One movement of a solo OR one etude, of the student’s choice, that showcases their current playing level musically and technically
    • If the student wants to play 2 instruments at the Workshop then 2 separate videos are required; one for each instrument
    • We recommend consulting private lesson instructors to help with selecting audition material
  • Email your video to Jeni at jeni@austinchambermusic.org
    • Video delivery formats: Google Drive or Dropbox
    • Provide: Solo title, movement, and composer OR etude book title and/or number, and composer
  • Previously recorded videos taken within 3 months of the semester registration deadline will be accepted IF they meet the above audition material requirements

Option 2:  Schedule an In-Person Audition

  • In-person auditions will be scheduled individually with Jeni Gossard at the ACMC office: 7600 Burnet Road
  • There will be two in-person audition dates. Individual times will be scheduled with Jeni Gossard once registration has been completed.
    • Audition day 1:  Saturday, May 21 from 9am to 1pm
    • Audition day 2: Saturday, May 28 from 9am to 1pm
  • Audition material: One movement of a solo OR one etude, of the student’s choice, that showcases their current playing level musically and technically
    • If the student wants to play 2 instruments at the Workshop then the student must play the audition materials on each instrument at the audition
    • We recommend consulting private lesson instructors to help with selecting audition material
    • All in-person auditions will be video taped
  • All auditions must be completed by May 28
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