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2018 FSAF Early Registration

The official opening of FSAF registration is normally in mid-March. Exceptions have been made for the few workshops on this page, so registrants can have plenty of time to arrange travel and figure out finances.

FSAF Concerto String Intensive

Faculty, instructor

Dates: SunMTWThFSat/MTWThFSat;

Location: Christ Lutheran Church

Cost: $1800

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Registration open now. Application includes two contrasting works to be submitted as unlisted YouTube links by April 14, 2018. Please send to Bryan Hall (behall2@alaska.edu). Please don't pay until you've been accepted.

The exclusive Concerto String Intensive offers string players a chance to play a concerto movement with a professional orchestra, and an opportunity to study classical music at the highest level while surrounded by the raw beauty of Alaska.


Application includes two contrasting works to be submitted as unlisted YouTube links by April 14, 2018.

Note: Space is limited - apply by April 14. Any students not invited to participate in the FSAF Concerto String Intensive may enroll in the FSAF String Intensive. Includes on-campus housing.

FSAF String Intensive

Faculty, instructor

Dates: SunMTWThFSat/MTWThF;

Location: Christ Lutheran Church

Cost: $1600

Calling all string players! Our String Intensive includes all of our string ensemble offerings, Yoga for Musicians, and two hours of private lesson time with the instructor(s) of your choice. Study and perform in Festival Orchestra, Instrument Choirs, String Orchestra, Chamber Music. There will be many special concerts and events throughout the festival, as well as opportunities to play at venues around the community. Perform. Collaborate. Inspire. Includes on-campus housing.

Composing in the Wilderness

Stephen Lias, instructor

Dates: July 10–25;

Location: Denali Park

Cost: $1790

Now in its seventh year, the 2018 Composing in the Wilderness field course will take you to two spectacular regions of Northern Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Join adventurer-composer Stephen Lias for eight days exploring the stunning beauty of Denali’s wilderness and the mighty Yukon River, learning how the life of the region is reflected in the sounds you hear, interacting with scientists and interpretive rangers, and developing your creative skills through translating these ideas into original chamber music.

Following your wilderness experiences you'll be flown by bush plane back to Fairbanks where your new works will be rehearsed and performed by top performers from the faculty of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Encapsulating inspiration, composition, rehearsal, and performance, this field course is sure to be an intensive and exhilarating creative experience.

Participants should be prepared to live in rustic conditions and be physically fit enough for strenuous mountain hikes, stream crossings, etc. Participants must also be trained composers (professional, faculty, or students currently enrolled in a university composition program) with experience preparing their own manuscripts and writing chamber music for various instruments. Those without sufficient background may be ineligible. If in doubt, email Stephen Lias at steve@stephenlias.com with questions.

For more information and to apply, go here: https://www.composinginthewilderness.com/2018denali/

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