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
The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classically-trained musicians. At its ocean-side, ten-acre campus in Santa Barbara, California, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists during its eight-week Summer School and Festival, presenting nearly 200 public events on campus and in downtown Santa Barbara. The 2020 Summer Festival takes place June 15 through August 8.