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


Regular Registration:  $375 (includes a non-refundable $75 application fee)


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.


Placement auditions are required to participate in many of the ensembles. Audition requirements vary by instrument and will be emailed to students &/or parents upon receipt of registration.