General Academy Info

Goals of the UAF Summer Music Academy

*To develop to the fullest, the artistic potential of each student through a broad musical educational experience.

*To encourage community involvement and public service through performances and activities in Fairbanks community settings.

*To promote excellence in music education with “an emphasis on Alaska, the North and their diverse peoples” in accordance with the University of Alaska Fairbanks mission statement.

Who May Attend

Instrumentalists and vocalists who have completed grade 6, and up through 12 grade. Exceptions may be made for exceptional students who are entering the 6th grade and will be considered on a case by case basis. Written recommendation from a public school music teacher or private teacher is required for students seeking an exception

Faculty & Staff

The Academy faculty is drawn from the UAF Department of Music, where we have an outstanding music faculty and many successful UAF alumni who are available to offer music students an intensive and high-level musical and educational experience.

Tuition Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $75.00 is due with your registration form. We love early bird registrations so much, we’re offering $50 off the regular registration price! Pay in full today, and the price is only $550.00 ($75 non-refundable registration fee, and $475 tuition fee). Offer good for full day students only, and early bird registration is open until 11:59PM on March 31, 2019. $500 + $75 non-refundable registration fee if registered by April 30. $525 + $75 non-refundable registration fee If registered after April 30. 

Regular Registration is from March 1 – May 15:  $75 non-refundable registration fee | $500 tuition/full day.

Late Registration is from May 16 – June 3:  $75 non-refundable registration fee. | $550 tuition/full day.

Half Day Option – available mornings only 8:30 – 11:35. Regular Registration is from March 1 – May 15: $375 (registration included). Late Registration is from May 16 – June 3: $425 (registration included).

You may register at any time utilizing the “Registration Fee Only” option. The remainder of the tuition is due to the Academy by June 1 and can be paid over the phone by calling the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra office at 474.5733. The registration only option does not allow for an early bird discount.



A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available based on need. Please click here for the Scholarship application form.

Mentorship Program

Highly qualified 11th and 12th grade students have the opportunity to apply for our mentorship program. Mentor applicants must be nominated for the program by their band, choir, or orchestra director, and then apply and submit an audition CD. Those chosen to participate in the program will mentor younger, less experienced musicians, providing feedback that helps those students achieve at their highest level within the ensembles. Mentors are expected to perform in those ensembles in which they mentor others, as well as ensembles that feature faculty, staff, mentors, and highly qualified high school participants. Mentors must be available to be at the Summer Music Academy for the entire two weeks. Please click here to complete the Mentorship application form.


Auditions for large ensembles and chamber groups will be submitted online. Here’s how it will work: You will simply email a video of yourself playing the required selections to The subject line of the emails should read as follows; instrument- last name, first name (ex: Violin- Doe, John). If you are uncomfortable sending a recording, please let me know and we can set up a live audition for you.

Please submit your audition(s) by May 20, 2019, if possible. If you register for SMA after May 20, please submit your audition as soon as possible to allow instructors time to review it.More detailed audition information will be available in the welcome packet which you can download when you register.