About At First Sight


At First Sight is an intensive four-day chamber music program designed for advanced and intermediate young string players, typically ages 13-18, (although ability, rather than age, is the primary deciding factor in placement).  Pianists wishing to attend AFS must contact the director about conditions for entrance.


AFS devotes a significant amount of time to sight-reading, in addition to technique training and performance skills, vital to developing fine musicianship. During the workshop each student participates in several different chamber groups and the AFS Chamber Orchestra. Evenings include "HausMusik" sessions--a delightful mix of students and staff playing chamber music together informally.


At First Sight focuses on the Giver of the gift of music. Morning Descant, which includes worship and hymn singing, sets the tone for each day. In order for students to share their gifts with others, community service concerts are part of the AFS schedule.  AFS is non-denominational.  Students of all faiths and all ethnic backgrounds are welcome. At First Sight believes strongly that music at its heart should be non-competitive, and the atmosphere is intentionally cooperative.


At First Sight offers both advanced and intermediate levels in two simultaneous tracks. Each track has its own string orchestra, and unique chamber ensembles. The two tracks combine for sight-reading and for evening activities.


Students will be placed in the appropriate track based on playing experience, reading level, and teacher/staff discretion. Both levels should use the same application form, although request for a specific level can be noted at the top.

At First Sight includes:


  • Opportunities to learn and play great music
  • New musical friends
  • Excellent coaches and teachers
  • Superb musical development and growth
  • Coached chamber groups
  • Sight-reading chamber groups
  • Advanced and Intermediate Chamber Orchestras
  • Master classes and seminars
  • "HausMusik" (staff/student reading sessions)
  • "Descant" (morning worship and singing)
  • Ice-Breaker Picnic
  • Staff and student performances

At First Sight Schedule


Monday, June 21

    1:00 p.m. Check-in

    Orchestra Rehearsal

    Two Chamber Group sessions

    One Sight-Reading session

    Ice Breaker Picnic, Orientation, HausMusik

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 22 and 23

    8:00 a.m. Descant

    Seminar and Orchestra

    Four Chamber Group sessions

   Two Sight-Reading sessions

    Evening – Master Class or Staff Concert


Thursday, June 24

    8:00 a.m. Descant

    Two Chamber Group sessions

    One Sight-Reading session

    Orchestra Community Service Concert

    Evening-- AFS Participant Final Concert

The At First Sight Advanced Orchestra in rehearsal

CONTACT US • AT FIRST SIGHT, P. O. Box 498, Collegedale, TN 37315 • Phone: 970-324-0837