FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) What is 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 this coming Fall 2022 semester.
2) At what age can a student join the Annapolis Symphony Academy?
We offer programs for students ages 4 through high-school. To learn more about our offerings, please click the Programs tab on the menu.
3) Can I participate in the Academy's chamber music 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 admitted to the Academy, please ask your private teacher to fill out the Teacher Verification Form. If you do not have a private teacher, you may enroll in the Virtuoso Pathway, which will include all of your lessons, ensemble or orchestra assignments, and much more! All Annapolis Symphony Academy students are required to take one-on-one, weekly private lessons either 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 whether we have a private teacher slot we can assign for you, we will enroll you in 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. Additionally, students admitted to the Orion Youth Orchestra receive a merit-based, full orchestral scholarship ($800 per year). Students enrolled in the Virtuoso Pathway and participate in 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 receives 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 may request additional excused absences for school orchestra performances, PVA performances, or other music related 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 or after they check out.
9) What is the Academy's Covid-19 policy:
ASO COVID-19 Policies for Students
Academy students interact with ASO musicians in the classroom and on stage. It is important that students take precautions to avoid infecting ASO musicians whose livelihood would be directly impacted if they test positive for COVID.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations remain the single best tool to protect oneself against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. As such, the ASO strongly recommends that all Academy students be “up to date” on their vaccinations.
If a student is not vaccinated, the Academy requires the following:
The student (even if the student is asymptomatic) must test negative prior to interacting with ASO musicians at rehearsals and performances.
ASA faculty members have the final say regarding whether they will teach an unvaccinated student and whether they will require the unvaccinated student to wear a mask during the lesson.
Testing for COVID-19: Know the Symptoms of COVID-19
Routine screening tests will no longer be done; however, the ASO requests the following: all students should monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID and be aware of possible exposure to someone with COVID.
If you have symptoms: test yourself immediately. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or someone suspected of having COVID-19: test yourself least 5 days after the exposure. If symptoms develop before 5 days, test yourself immediately.
If you test positive: report it to Julie Nolan who will work with the ASO’s COVID-19 Task Force to get answers to questions and help to determine when the student can return to the Academy.
*Note that as per the policy for unvaccinated students, the ASO requires that the student test negative prior to interacting with ASO musicians at rehearsals and performances.
Masks (KN95, N95 and medical grade masks) are highly recommended in close quarters and when playing onstage. They are not required at this time. Masks are not required for any events taking place outdoors.
**Note that as per the ASO policy for unvaccinated students, ASA faculty have the final say regarding whether the unvaccinated student will be required to wear a mask during the lesson.
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