CMI ASCEND

Music Education Program

CMI’s Music Education Program is open to Bexar County students ages 8–18. From beginners to advanced players, students will hone their music skills with some of the top artists in the world.

Ascend Programs

The Classical Music Institute of San Antonio’s Ascend Summer Education Program offers string musicians and singers aged 8-18 the opportunity to explore their talents as a performer and build musicianship skills. The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday from June 13-25, 2022 and lunch is provided for the participants each day. Tuition for the program is $300 and scholarships are available for those with financial need.

Applicants will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one lessons with the CMI Ascend Artist Faculty, participate in solo and ensemble performances, workshops, master classes, and coachings with a variety of internal performing artists. Students will also take part in group voice and piano lessons with instruction focusing on learning to read musical notes, rhythms, and harmony. The program will conclude with a final concert on June 24th, comprised of all the students and faculty on stage.

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Beginning to Intermediate Students

  • Contact Information
  • Musical experience questionnaire
  • Video of a short performance (recommended but not required)

Advanced Students

  • Contact Information
  • Musical experience questionnaire
  • Two videos of contrasting pieces of music (live accompaniment preferred, but pre-recorded backing tracks are accepted)

Program Dates

June 13–25, 2022

Applications will continue to be accepted until we reach program capacity.

Results will be announced by March 28.

Fees

Application fee: $30 (Strings/Piano) $15 (Voice)

Tuition: $300 to confirm registration.

Scholarships and application fee waivers are available for those with financial need.

Since this is a day program, participants are required to arrange daily commute.

STRINGS AND PIANO APPLICATION ON ACCEPTD

VOICE APPLICATION ON YAPTRACKER

You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details).

The CMI Ascend Collegiate Voice Program is a rigorous art song and chamber music training program for undergraduate college students looking to work with world-class performers to hone their performance craft and artistry.

The CMI Ascend Solo & Chamber Music Voice Program is an intensive two-week program running from June 11-25 focusing on solo and chamber vocal music. Participants will take part in individual coaching, solo and ensemble performances, masterclasses, diction instruction, and career skills classes with the CMI Ascend artist-faculty, which consists of international performing artists and teachers from all over the Americas. Tuition is $300 for two weeks and competitive scholarships are available. Application review begins on March 11 and applications received after this date will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 28, 2022.

How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • Two videos of performances of contrasting repertoire
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Prospective Repertoire the applicant would like to perform

If applying as a pre-formed group, each member should submit a separate application.

Program Dates

June 13–25, 2022

Application review begins on February 25.

Application received after this date will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Results will be announced by April 15.

Fees

Application fee: $15
$300 non-refundable registration fee must be paid by March 11.

Participants must provide room, board, and travel to San Antonio.
Scholarships are available.

Application on YAPTracker

You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details).

Artist Faculty

Bass

Cello

Viola

Violin

Conductor

Piano

Voice

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CMI aims to meet and exceed guidelines from the CDC, State of Texas and
City of San Antonio. Please find more information below:

Tobin Center Venue Disease Mitigation Plan

UIW COVID-19 Guidelines

TAMU-SA COVID-19 Guidelines

Trinity University COVID-19 Guidelines

The cost for the CMI’s Ascend Summer Education Program (Ages 8-18) and the CMI Ascend Collegiate Voice Program (College students) is $300 for two weeks. Payment can be made through the Acceptd or Yaptracker websites after submitting your application. You can also mail your payment to: 

CMI
PO Box 6846
San Antonio, TX 78209.

(Payment is due no later than June 7, 2022)

In the past the program took place at the Edgewood Fine Arts S.T.E.A.M Academy. However this year’s location is Edgewood Fine Arts Academy with concerts in various locations

CMI’s Ascend Summer Education Program dates are June 13 to 25, 2022.

We accept students ages 8-18. Parents with students under 8 years old can contact CMI Education Advisor Daniela Diaz at ddiaz@cmi-sa.org for further information.

The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. Individual and instrument-specific schedules will be customized in advance of the program start.

Drop off times: 8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Pick up times: 3:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Light breakfast will be served at 8:00 am and lunch will be provided at 12:00pm.

Yes. The program will conclude with a final concert on June 24th, comprised of all the students and faculty on stage. Due to COVID-19, audience and ensemble sizes may be reduced to promote social distancing and healthy environments for all.

Once you submit your application, you will be accepted to participate in the CMI Ascend Summer Education Program. The audition requirement goes as follow:

  • Ages 8-18: Beginning to Intermediate Students please submit a video of a short performance on your application. Advanced students are required to submit two videos of contrasting pieces of music (live accompaniment preferred, but pre-recorded backing tracks are accepted).
  • Voice College students: please submit two videos of performances of contrasting repertoire to your Yaptracker application.

Tuition assistance is offered for eligible Bexar County students. For more tuition assistance information please refer to the enrollment application.

Absences are allowed only for extenuating circumstances. Only two absences are allowed. If a student misses more than two days, they will not be able to participate for the remainder of the program.

For additional information and questions please call 210.364.3884 or email Daniela Diaz, Education Advisor at ddiaz@cmi-sa.org.

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