"Rhapsody In Bluegrass" Marks FASA's Opry House Debut

The excitement generated by the 2013 Fine Arts Summer Academy is still reverberating.  FASA's debut at the Grand Ole Opry House signaled a new era for the Academy, capping off ten years of enormous growth.  2013 has been the best year yet, joining 300+ students and faculty from all over the United States and beyond for a 2-week-long extravaganza culminating in the spectacular gala show Rhapsody in Bluegrass at the Grand Ole Opry House. Coming alongside FASA in this awesome journey was Grammy-award-winner Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station, performing the bluegrass single 'Ivy' from  his new album 'Walking Song'.   Jimmy Wayne closed out Rhapsody in Bluegrass with his heart-warming, powerful testimonial, 'How Jesus Felt' and  the Summer Pops Symphony & Chorus, directed by Maestro Kyunghun Kim of Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School, poured heart and hard-earned skill into a genre bending presentation that spanned Hank Williams to Dvorak.  One audience member said it best: "I just witnessed a miracle."  The 2013 Rhapsody in Bluegrass Gala was an incredible moment that none of us will forget.

Thanks to the outstanding work of our live film crew, the magic of Rhapsody in Bluegrass is available on DVD! Just call 615.656.5739 and relive FASA's Opry debut.  Also check out FASA 2014 dates and info at http://www.fineartssummeracademy.com!

FASA 2011: "Raising Ebenezer" in Review

The Fine Arts Summer Academy 2011 gathered over 250 students, teachers, and parents from as far as Canada and Jamaica to Music City, USA for our best year yet. 2011's Upper Division theme, Raising Ebenezer, took its name from the rock Samuel raised in the Old Testament as a "rock of remembrance" to the salvation of God while in the Lower Division, our young students celebrated the animals of the Bible in the hilarious and poignant Bible Lessons from a Barnyard. For the Upper Division, Raising Ebenezer took us on a journey from nostalgic memories of home and hearth through decisive moments in American history such as World War II and the last stand of the Alamo, finally culminating in a breathtaking finale centered on the ebenezer of the grave and the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. From the songs Boondocks and Reminiscing to the classics Were You There When They Crucified My Lord and the Finale from The Firebird Suite, Raising Ebenezer raised the bar yet again for F.A.S.A. Gala performances.

Camp Kirkland, a veteran conductor and composer in Christian music, brought an amazing energy and leadership to this year's final show. We can't wait to re-team with Mr. Kirkland for our January trip to Carnegie Hall and the Big Apple. This year also introduced a new spiritual focus. Core Groups enabled students from different tracks to form friendships and dig deeper in their spiritual walk with God. With such a great summer behind us, we couldn't be more excited about the future of the Fine Arts Summer Academy.