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. 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, and 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.
New for 2015: At First Sight will offer both advanced and intermediate levels in two simultaneous tracks. Each track will have its own string orchestra, and unique chamber ensembles. The two tracks will 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 descretion. Both levels should use the same application form, although request for a specific level can be notated at the top.