Young Artists Academy FAQ

What instruments don’t you accept into the Academy?

Though we do accept most instruments into our programs, there are a few exceptions. If you have any questions please contact the Director of Education BEFORE registering.

  • Percussionists and harpists – Chamber music repertoire can be limiting for these two instruments. Advanced high school students are encouraged to register but younger, less advanced, students are asked to wait. Please contact the Director of Education before registering. All students must supply their own instruments, ACMC does not own any instruments to loan to students.
  • Guitarists – ACMC only accepts classical guitar students of an intermediate+ level. Beginning guitar students should discuss this program with their private instructors and ACMC’s Director of Education before enrolling to ensure that the student is ready for the program.

What if my child has been playing less than a year?

We ask that all potential students have at least one year of playing under their belts so they can get around the instrument fairly comfortably. Chamber music is about ensemble playing and less about teaching the instrument. However, there are always exceptions so if you’re not sure if your child is ready please contact the Director of Education BEFORE registering. If you register and we feel that your child is not ready after hearing their placement audition you will get a full refund.

When do I hear results from the placement auditions?

There are no ‘results’ from the placement auditions. Placement auditions are for the Director of Education and Academy faculty members to hear and meet the new students to ACMC’s, or returning students that have not participated in a while, and to see where they fit with students not required to audition. Meeting, hearing and talking to the students is helpful for us to place students in compatible ensembles and for selecting appropriate music.

The placement auditions are not to get into the Academy. Once you register for the Academy you are in the program.

What is the attendance policy for the Young Artists Academy?

In a perfect world students would not miss any Saturday Academy rehearsals. However, we know that this is not always possible with other school and/or music related activities (college visits, extra curricular activities, mandatory concerts, etc.). Having said this, attendance is very important and we require that students DO NOT miss no more than 3 rehearsals per semester. Unlike band or orchestra, one student absent from a chamber rehearsal affects the entire ensemble as each student is playing on their own part. Consistent absences is not only unfair to the other students in the ensemble but also to the faculty instructors. A student missing from rehearsals make it challenging to keep the ensemble moving forward and progressing efficiently within the limited rehearsal time.

Before enrolling, please look at your calendars and make sure you can be committed to the program. If you think you’d miss more than 3 rehearsal dates during a semester you should reconsider enrolling. If you’re not sure, please contact the Director of Education.

Is it mandatory to attend performances?

YES! At the beginning of the semester you will get detailed information for all concerts for the semester you are enrolled. The dates are on the website so please be sure to put them in your calendars before you enroll.

When will music be ready and where do I pick-up my music for the semester I’m enrolled?

Academy music will be ready approximately 2-4 days before the beginning of the semester. The Director of Education will notify parents when music is ready and music will  be emailed to the main parent contact on the registration form.

Please note…
When looking at the music please remember (make sure your child knows this) that chamber music is about putting all of the parts within the chamber group together, creating music (not just playing the notes on the page) through dynamics and expression. Students will perform pieces without a conductor so there is a lot of time spent on tempo, stylistic concepts, historical discussions and unity within the ensembles. So if your child says “my music is too easy” please remind them that they are just one part of the large puzzle (aka: chamber ensemble). Also, they don’t know what the other students parts are so they don’t know what’s going to happen once they get all together! Students may or may not get more music once the workshop begins. All depends on the progression of the ensemble, once they start rehearsals.

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