For 67 years the Music Academy of the West has trained the next generation of great classical musicians by providing opportunities for advanced study and intensive performance in a uniquely beautiful and supportive environment. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent summer music programs for exceptional pre-professional classical musicians, the Academy offers an experience that is at once intimate and intense, highly personalized, and deeply collaborative.
Each Music Academy Fellow is awarded a full scholarship, including free tuition, single-room accommodations, and all meals.
• The New York Philharmonic Global Academy, a 10-day intensive immersion with the Philharmonic in New York City, available to 10 instrumentalists through audition
• A String Quartet Seminar, led by the world-renowned Takács Quartet
• A String Leadership Program under the direction of faculty artist and former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow
• A fully staged opera production overseen by legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, who directs the Academy’s celebrated Voice Program. In 2015 the Academy will stage Rossini’s Cinderella.
• The Marilyn Horne Song Competition, an annual showcase for singers and vocal pianists
• A series of orchestra concerts led by eminent conductors such Nicholas McGegan
• A comprehensive wellness program to prepare Fellows for the physical rigors demanded of professional classical musicians
Over the course of eight weeks each summer, Music Academy Fellows take part in more than 200 music events, including masterclasses, chamber music and orchestra concerts, individual weekly lessons, Fellow recitals, and a concerto competition.
Admission to the Music Academy is strictly merit-based and highly competitive. Nearly 1,700 musicians from all over the world applied for admission in 2014; just 140 were accepted.
AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT:
Minimum age is 18
Maximum age is 34 (27 for string players)