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About At First Sight

At First Sight is an intensive five-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–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.

Two bass players
3 girls with violins
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

    1:00 p.m. Check-in

    Orchestra Rehearsal

    Chamber Group sessions

    Sight-Reading session

    Ice Breaker Picnic, Orientation, HausMusik

Tuesday and Wednesday

    8:30 a.m. Descant

    Seminar and Orchestra

    Chamber Group sessions

    Sight-Reading sessions

    Evening – Master Class or Staff Concert

    HausMusik

Thursday

    8:30 a.m. Descant

    Chamber Group sessions

    Sight-Reading sessions

    Evening– AFS Chamber Ensemble Concert

Friday (done by 3:00)

    8:30 a.m. Descant
    Community Service Concerts
    Pizza Feed
    Large Ensembles concert

two students playing cello
Advanced Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra in concert June 23, 2022

Advanced Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra in concert June 23, 2022