FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1) What are the Academy's plan for in-person teaching?

We fully expect to conduct all Academy lessons, group classes, ensembles, orchestra rehearsals, and performances in-person starting September 2021. Students uncomfortable with in-person lessons (for COVID-19 reasons only) may be eligible to receive their private lessons on an on-line basis.

2) At what age can a student join the Annapolis Symphony Academy?

We offer programs for students ages 4 through high-school. To find out more about our offerings please click the Programs tab on the menu.

3) Can I participate in the Academy's ensembles or orchestras and keep my current private teacher?

Students taking weekly one-on-one private lessons with a teacher outside the Academy are eligible to participate in our ensembles or orchestras. Once accepted, please ask your private teacher to fill out the Teacher Verification Form. If you do not have a private teacher, you can enroll in the Virtuoso Pathway, which will include all your lessons, ensemble or orchestra assignment, and much more! All Annapolis Symphony Academy students are required to take one-on-one, weekly private lessons through the Virtuoso Pathway or outside the Academy with your current private teacher.

4) Can I join the Virtuoso Pathway at any time?

Yes, pending studio availability. If you already participate in our ensembles or orchestras, or if you are new to the Annapolis Symphony Academy you may apply for the Virtuoso Pathway at any time. Pending an audition, and if we have a private teacher slot we can assign for you, we will enroll you to the program. If not, we will enroll you at the beginning of the following semester.

5) Does the Academy offer financial-aid?

Yes. We offer need-based financial aid to all eligible students. Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information. Students accepted to the Orion Youth Orchestra receive a merit-based, full orchestral scholarship ($800 per year). Students enrolled in the Virtuoso Pathway and accepted to the Orion Youth Orchestra will receive a tuition reduction equal to the orchestral scholarship ($800 tuition reduction per year). 

6) A family member is interested in joining the Academy as well, Is there a sibling discount?

Yes. Each sibling received a 10% tuition reduction.

7) What is the Academy's absence policy?

Students may take two (2) non-musical, unexcused absences per semester from any scheduled Annapolis Symphony Academy activity. Students will be excused for their school orchestra performances as well as PVA performances that do not conflict with an Academy dress rehearsal or performance.

8) Does the Academy coordinate carpool assistance?

We can provide a list of families interested in carpooling. The Annapolis Symphony Academy is not responsible for any carpool arrangements, or the safety of the students prior to the student checking in for their activity at the Academy.

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