Our FOOSA Half-Day Program is a commuter program (participants attend only from 9a-1p each day) for younger and/or less advanced players, appropriate for elementary through high school students who play violin, viola, cello, or double bass. FOOSA 2019 runs June 9-23.
New this summer! FOOSA HALF-DAY PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE!
Fresno State percussion instructor David Gabrielson is offering a special percussion session as part of our FOOSA 2019 Half-Day Program. Like the Half-Day String Program, this session is intended for pre-college musicians. Interested percussionists should have a minimum of one year of experience and be able to bring at least a pair of concert snare drum sticks (Vic Firth SD1 or sticks of a similar size). Acceptance will be decided on the basis of your audition video.
Also new this summer! FOOSA HALF-DAY HARP ENSEMBLE!
Fresno Philharmonic principal harpist Laura Porter is offering a harp class for younger players. Interested harpists should have a minimum of one year of experience. Acceptance will be decided on the basis of your audition video.
Feel free to REGISTER HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN FOOSA HALF-DAY 2019. BE SURE TO REGISTER NO LATER THAN APRIL 1 FOR SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION AND FOR OUR EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT! We allow registration in our Half-Day Program until Saturday June 1 (and sometimes, in a pinch, later). But please try to get those applications in much earlier. We cannot always be sufficiently attentive at the last minute.
daily orchestra rehearsals
final concert at Fresno State
The FOOSA Festival takes place on the Fresno State campus.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Anyone is welcome to apply--audition videos will determine proper placement.
Musicians accepted into this program enjoy daily group lessons with our outstanding faculty, as well as sectionals and orchestra/ensemble rehearsals. They will perform in student recitals and in the final concert at Fresno State. Students in this program attend classes from 9am-1pm every day. There is no residential component of this program--commuters only.
Typical day for FOOSA Half-Day:
9:00-11:00a: group lessons and master classes
11:00-11:15a: break (light snacks)
11:15a-1:00p: sectionals and full-orchestra rehearsal
FOOSA Half-Day Program participants are welcome at all additional FOOSA activities each day. However, FOOSA cannot offer supervision after 1:00pm.
Student recitals, faculty recitals, some master classes, and the concerto competition preliminaries and finals are scheduled for after dinner, starting at 8:00pm.