2017 Summer School and Festival

JUNE 11 - AUGUST 5, 2017

“At the Music academy I spent 8 weeks in an atmosphere that was both musically and socially engaging, in one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. The experiences and camaraderie I’ve gained here will surely stick with me for a long time.” – 2016 Fellow

“I came here to get better at the violin. Instead, I went home not only a better musician, but a better human being as well. Thank you so much for two of the best months of my life.” – 2016 Fellow

The Music Academy of the West welcomes 137 full-scholarship recipients, ages 18-34, to study and perform during an 8-week Summer School and Festival in five programs: Voice, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano, Solo Piano, and Instrumental (including Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Harp). Auditions take place across the United States and abroad, typically attracting fellows from 50 music conservatories and schools and multiple countries. The Festival takes place on a beautiful 10-acre campus adjacent to popular beaches as well as in venues across Santa Barbara.

“A place of beauty, warmth, inspiration, drive, education, creativity, and excitement!” – 2016 Fellow

“This was a truly transformative summer. I learned from the best, with the best, and had a great time doing it!” – 2016 Fellow

“This was the best festival I have ever attended. The quality of the players, instruction, and community all exceeded my expectations.” – 2016 Fellow



Full Scholarship

Outstanding Faculty & Visiting Artists

Masterclasses & Performance Opportunities

Private Lessons

Chamber Music

New York Philharmonic Partnership


String Leadership Program


Marilyn Horne Song Competition/National Tour

Concerto Competition

Wellness Program