Primary Division

Registration Now Closed for July 2023

The Primary Division is a half day camp (NO full day option offered in 2023) 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.

Our first priority 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.

Visit The Primary Division FAQ Page

Important Dates

Registration Deadline  Tuesday, May 9 at 11:59 PM
Tuition balance due (no tuition refunds will be given after this date) Monday, June 19
First day of the Primary Division Monday, July 10
Final performance in Bates Recital Hall – FREE Admission Saturday, July 22 @ 10:30 AM


  • Attendance Policy: ALL Primary Division students are REQUIRED to attend ALL days of the workshop to participate, including the final concert on Saturday, July 22. 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 schedule (no full day option available in 2023):

Camp runs from 8:30am to 12:30pm (Monday-Friday) with the final concert taking place on Saturday, July 22 at 10:30am in Bates Recital Hall. Keep your schedules open from 9:30am to 12:00pm on July 22. Students will be performing multiple times during this concert. See below for general weekday schedule (subject to change).

  • 8:30am: Morning meeting
  • 8:50am: Small chamber ensembles & rhythm classes
  • 10:10am: Snack break (students must bring own snacks)
  • 10:30am: Small chamber ensembles & rhythm classes
  • 11:50am: Presentations, group activities, or private lessons
  • 12:30pm: 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
  • Daily presentations by workshop faculty
  • Musical and rhythmical games and activities
  • FREE admission to select Festival Concerts

Tuition, Private Lessons, and Financial Assistance

Primary Division tuition is $550. There are 2 payment options:

  • Option 1: Pay the full $550 tuition upon registering ($250 non-refundable)
  • Option 2: Pay a $250 non-refundable deposit upon registering and the $300 balance on or by June 19

Parents should either pay the deposit OR full tuition, NOT both, when registering! No tuition refunds will be given after June 19, 2023. Deposits (or $250 of full tuition) are non-refundable. Tuition cannot be credited to any other ACMC program. Tuition total includes processing fees.

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 workshop hours. Lessons are 30 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

Financial Assistance Deadline = May 1
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. Clicking Here To Submit An Application. If you have any questions please contact Jeni Gossard BEFORE the deadline and before registering. The financial assistance application deadline: Monday, May 1.

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–or do a placement audition–in the spring 2023 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 and read music. 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

  • Video submission deadline:  Monday, May 22
  • 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
    • Please be sure students are facing the camera, your background is well lit, and that we can see the student’s full instrument and both hands
  • Email your video to Jeni at
    • Video delivery formats: Google Drive or Dropbox
    • Provide the following in your email:
      • Solo title, movement, and composer OR etude book title and/or number, and composer

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 20 from 9am to 1pm
    • Audition day 2: Saturday, May 27 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 27
Follow ACMC
Send this to a friend