For 66 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.
Each Music Academy Fellow is awarded a full scholarship, including free tuition, single-room accommodations, and all meals.
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.
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 2013; just 140 were accepted.
During eight weeks each summer, Academy Fellows refine and enhance their skills with each other and with the outstanding faculty and guest artists who join them. Together they participate in 200 musical events, including masterclasses, chamber music, individual weekly lessons, recitals, orchestra concerts, a concerto competition, a vocal competition, and a fully staged opera production of Bizet's Carmen.
String players also have the opportunity to participate in a String Quartet Seminar, led by the Takacs Quartet, and taking place one week prior to the festival. A separate audition video must be uploaded for consideration for the SQS. Violinists may audition upon arrival for participation in a String Leadership Program under the direction of faculty artist Glenn Dicterow.
AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT:
Minimum age is 18
Maximum age is 34