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SOLO PIANO COMPETITION NewS

Sophiko Simsive is the winner of the 2018 Music Academy of the West Solo Piano Competition. She has won an international recital tour and a cash award of $5,000. The jury comprised Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director, Elizabeth Ogonek, composer, and Benjamin Salisbury, Manager of Concert/Artist Services at Steinway & Sons. Congrats, Sophiko!

 

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8 weeks of world-class music making

The 71st annual Summer Festival features over 200 events in Santa Barbara, California; many of which free to the public, June 18-Aug 11. The Festival events will highlight the Summer School’s 139 fellows from across the globe, and nearly 70 outstanding faculty members. The Festival will offer orchestra, chamber music, opera, guest recitals, live competitions, masterclasses, and more!

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About the Academy


The next generation of great
classically trained musicians

Learn about the academy

About the Academy


The next generation of great
classically trained musicians

Learn about the academy

Since 1947, the Music Academy of the West has been making a unique and enduring contribution to the world of music by:

Advancing the development of the next generation of great classically trained musicians & Cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences.

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Create a lasting and far-reaching impact on classical music training, youth music education, and the quality of life in Santa Barbara

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Volunteer


Volunteer


We have many ways to volunteer at the Music academy

Work at The Shops, usher at Academy events, or be a part of our Compeer Program.

Thank you for your support!

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Rent a Beautiful Venue


From Hahn Hall to the Marilyn Horne Main House, we have stunning venues available to rent

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Rent a Beautiful Venue


From Hahn Hall to the Marilyn Horne Main House, we have stunning venues available to rent

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A few of our gorgeous locations

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Study at the Summer School & Festival


A Full Scholarship Program

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Study at the Summer School & Festival


A Full Scholarship Program

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Each enrolled fellow attends on full scholarship, including free tuition, accommodations, local transportation, and a full meal plan. MORE

The 2018 application season is now closed

My summer at the Music Academy of the West was the best summer of my life. I was pushed as a professional, as an artist, and as a human. I learned what it takes to build a successful music career. What I learned at the Music Academy will stay with me throughout my entire career, and I am eternally grateful.