Tuition and Application


Tuition for At First Sight is $360, both advanced and intermediate.


Tuition for InSight is $280.


Tuition covers all workshop expenses and includes two meals (the Ice-Breaker Picnic and Thursday lunch). Student housing and all other meals are the responsibility of each family.



  • An observer is a parent/guardian or non-participating sibling attending with an AFS/InSight student.
  • All students age 9 and under must have a parent or adult guardian (observer) with them during the workshop.
  • For the safety of our students, all observers are required to register, and to wear an AFS name tag. Registered observers are welcome at all workshop events.
  • Observer Fees. There is no fee for observers.  However, if observers wish to eat at the Monday picnic or the Thursday pizza feed, they must purchase tickets ($8/meal) when they register.
  • Concerts are free, and open to the public

OutLook Scholarship


  • A limited number of OutLook Scholarships are available to AFS and InSight students.  These scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the AFS board and director on the basis of both need and community service. For details and the scholarship application process, see OutLook.

Housing and Meals


Housing: Most students choose to stay in Southern's Conference Center where rooms are available at a reasonable rate. There are also apartments available on campus, each with two (or three) bedrooms and four (or five) single beds, kitchen facilities and washers and dryers. These are nice for families or for those who would like to share an apartment and split the cost. For exact pricing and reservations call (423)236-7000 or email


The conference center is part of the women's dormitory and is a safe and pleasant facility, however, AFS students will not be supervised there by the AFS staff. All students age 16 and under must have a responsible adult chaperone with them whenever they are in the residence hall.


Some families will prefer to stay in one of the many motels in the area. These can be found along I-75 at Exits 5, 7, and 11. For a partial listing, links, and phone numbers, see the Accommodations Page on the Chamber Music Weekend site.


Meals: Lunch breaks are a great time to get to know the other students and staff.  A lunch plan is available through AFS ($9.00 per lunch).   Sack lunches are always appropriate, and there is time to visit nearby establishments for food. Thursday lunch is provided for participants.


Except for the "Ice Breaker Picnic" (Monday), suppers are not provided. Restaurants and fast food eateries are available in nearby Ooltewah and at Four Corners. The Hamilton Place shopping area along I-75 has a wide range of restaurants, but traffic can be a problem.


Southern's Cafeteria is open only for lunch time.  The Village Market Deli offers quick vegetarian lunch options within walking distance of the music department. Because Southern Adventist University reflects the health-conscious attitudes of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, meals served on campus are vegetarian. Caffeine drinks and coffee are not generally available.

Application Process


1.  For each student, submit by May 14, 2021:

  1. Either Apply On-Line, or submit an AFS/InSight Application Form and Essay (See links below)
  2. $50 non-refundable tuition deposit (Deposit will be refunded only if we decline your application.)
  3. OutLook Scholarship form and scholarship request letters, if applicable.


2.  Forms may be submitted by mail or scanned and emailed.    Mail to:  AT FIRST SIGHT, P.O. Box 498, Collegedale, TN 37315; or email to  Application will not be considered complete until the deposit has been received.


3.  You will be notified of acceptance, denial or waiting list by May 21, 2021. Acceptance email will provide remaining workshop information, financial figures, and legal permissions.


4.  Return the signed forms, tuition and observer registrations by June 4, 2021.  Outstanding balances after June 4 will be assessed a $25 late fee per student. Late applicants contact the AFS director.


5.  All registered participants must commit to attend AFS/InSight for the entire four days of the workshop. If you have conflicting obligations on any of the workshop days, please plan to attend AFS/InSight another year.

You will need the free Acrobat Reader software to download and print the application forms.

If you do not have Reader, you may download it at this link:

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