Young Artists Academy

Designed for students ages 6-18, chamber music coaching and theory/composition classes meet on Saturday afternoons during the fall and spring semesters.

The Austin Chamber Music Young Artists Academy provides small ensemble opportunities during the fall and spring semesters. Local professional musicians coach chamber ensembles and teach theory classes (composition for students that place out of theory) for intermediate and advanced musicians ages 6-18.

Participants experience the joys of studying and performing chamber music with enthusiastic musicians of comparable proficiency. As an indispensable member of an ensemble, you will make new friends as you improve your sense of rhythm, musical confidence, intonation, and performance skills.

Most instruments are accepted and welcome in the program; however, we do ask that students have a minimum of one year of private instruction and be able to read music before enrolling. Please look at the Frequently Asked Questions for more information! If you have any questions about this please contact Jeni Gossard, Director of Education, before enrolling.


  • Weekly chamber music coaching sessions
  • Masterclasses by local and visiting artists
  • Formal end of semester performance
  • FREE tickets to all Saturday Synchronism Concerts

2019/2020 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! Any questions regarding whether your child is ready for chamber music contact the Director of Education BEFORE registering.

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

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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit The Young Artist Academy FAQ Page

Not finding an answer to your question? Please contact Jeni Gossard.

Important Dates

Fall & Spring Calendar

Fall Semester Dates September 7 – December 14, 2019
Academy meets on Saturdays between the hours of 2:00-5:00pm
Registration Deadline Thursday, August 15
Placement Auditions (@ Armstrong School) Saturday, August 17
First day of the Semester Saturday, September 7
No Saturday Academy rehearsal dates Saturdays: November 2 & 30
End of Semester Concerts at 1pm & 3pm – St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Saturday, December 14
Spring Semester Dates January 25 – May 9, 2020
Academy meets on Saturdays between the hours of 2:00-5:00pm
Registration Deadline Thursday, January 9
Placement Auditions (@ Armstrong School) Saturday, January 11
First day of the Semester Saturday, January 25
No Saturday Academy rehearsal dates Saturdays: March 14, March 21, April 11
End of Semester Concerts — SUSPENDED in response to COVID-19 Saturday, May 9

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
Non-refundable Deposit:
Due 8/15/19 (fall or fall/spring registration)
Due 1/9/20 (spring registration)

Please Note Before Registering

  • Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE. No exceptions.
  • When registering you should either pay the deposit OR full tuition, NOT both.
  • Tuition balances will be due the first day of the semester you are enrolling.
  • 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.

Merit Scholarship Ensembles

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 $120 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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