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THE FOOSA PHILHARMONIC IS BACK


After a hiatus in 2020 and a string-only program in 2021, we can't wait to welcome back the full symphony orchestra back to FOOSA in 2022 to perform MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 5.

Our two-week summer intensive is geared toward serious players who want to commit themselves to a rigorous daily workout involving orchestra rehearsals, daily lessons, master classes, individual practice, a professional orchestral recording session, and plenty of performance opportunities, including a concerto competition. 

FOOSA PHILHARMONIC PROGRAM

Our FOOSA Philharmonic is a pre-professional orchestra that allows advanced musicians of graduate school, college, and high school age* to enjoy a side-by-side performance experience with our outstanding faculty members.

*A select number of exceptionally advanced younger pre-college students may be offered spots in the FOOSA Philharmonic. Eligibility will be decided on the basis of submitted audition videos and teacher recommendations.

 

DEADLINE FOOSA PHILHARMONIC APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 17, 2022!

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation needs: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet/e-flat clarinet, bassoon/contra, horn, trumpet, trombone/bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, and harp. Rolling admissions will continue until we have filled all available positions. 

We will make our selections based on applications received by April 17, 2022. If we need additional instrumentation, rolling admissions will continue until positions are filled.

Fellowships for college and graduate students:

ONLY COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS, or COLLEGE GRADUATES, ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FOOSA FELLOWSHIPS. These special positions are intended for advanced players with excellent recommendations, compelling audition videos, and an interest in teaching. You must apply by the APRIL 17 DEADLINE and include a letter of recommendation from your major teacher or a similarly authoritative source to be considered for a fellowship.

 

Tuition Assistance:

Need-based tuition assistance is available to anyone who meets the APRIL 17 APPLICATION DEADLINE and submits a completed TUITION ASSISTANCE FORM and all required additional materials. Please do not submit a partially completed form, or a form minus accompanying materials. We cannot accept incomplete applications.



Audition videos

You will need to record a video in which you perform whatever is listed on our audition requirements page as required for your instrument.  No professional videography is needed. A video recorded with a smartphone or computer will be good enough. Accompaniment is acceptable on solos, but by no means required.

Note: For the FOOSA Philharmonic we will accept players of the following orchestral instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute (piccolo), oboe/EH, clarinet (E-flat, A, bass in addition to B-flat), bassoon (contra), French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, and harp. No piano at this time.

*Those who play doubling instruments will find instructions for those instruments as well. If you have any trouble uploading videos, or have additional questions, just contact us at foosamusic@gmail.com

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE OUR FOOSA PHIL FAQ PAGE.


FOOSA FESTIVAL, MORE INFORMATION

The FOOSA Festival takes place on the Fresno State campus.


All applications are due on or before April 17, 2022 (11:59pm PST)
. If any positions are left unfilled at that point, we will employ a rolling deadline until all positions are filled.

Here's a video from our summer 2019 concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Please watch to get an idea of what we do! 


WE ARE COVID-19-FLEXIBLE

  • April 17, 11:59pm PST FOOSA Philharmonic application deadline!
  • If COVID-19 adjustments being made at your schools/in your communities will affect your ability to submit an application, please let us know before that deadline!
  • Be assured that, should COVID-19 proactive measures interfere with our ability to go on with our FOOSA 2022 Festival, any fees already received will be refunded.

So please, submit those applications with total confidence!

If you have more questions about your application, please get in touch with us directly at foosamusic@gmail.com or via phone/text at (480) 269-7652 to discuss how we can best help you.

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.