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Voice


Voice


Voice & Vocal Piano Faculty / teaching artists

faculty roster includes dictions coaches


23 Voice Program fellow openings per year

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The 2019 VOCAL INSTITUTE is the leading source to prepare for a 21st century career in voice and vocal piano. Expert teaching artists collaborate and mentor participants to prepare them for on-stage opportunities, from a fully-staged opera production to public masterclasses. All performance opportunities are centered on excellent vocal technique and immersion in the dramatic process.

OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

COLD MOUNTAIN

James Darrah director / Daniela Candillari conductor

Perform in Jennifer Higdon’s hit tour de force in its West Coast premiere conducted by Daniela Candillari (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Philadelphia, PROTOTYPE Festival). New production staged in a downtown 1,500 seat theater. (available roles and more below)

OperaFest 2019: SHAKESPEARE SALON

James Darrah curator / Nino Sanikidze & Tamara Sanikidze music directors

Academy fellows present a modern take on the intimate salons of the early 20th century. Featuring arias, duets, and monologues, Shakespeare's classic texts are brought to life through song and speech in this cutting-edge production.

MARILYN HORNE SONG COMPETITION

One singer and one pianist each win a cash award of $5,000, a four-city international tour including London Symphony Orchestra’s St. Luke’s venue, a commissioned song cycle written by Jennifer Higdon to premiere on the tour, radio broadcasts on tour, and much more. (competition details below)

WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSONS & PUBLIC MASTERCLASSES

Study one-on-one with pedagogues including Marilyn Horne, Gerald Martin Moore, and Bill Schuman. Receive intensive coaching in singing technique, diction, interpretation, style, and presentation, along with an exploration of literature from opera, musical theatre, and song.

ACTING WORKSHOP

In one of the first intensive and comprehensive acting training programs of its kind, fellows will be immersed in the process of “conscious acting” through group-oriented classes. Director James Darrah and guest instructors will coach singers in the dramatic preparation and presentation of audition repertoire and stagecraft while honing their artistry.

INDUSTRY DAY

Singers and pianists will be heard by top artist management and opera company administrators in the field today. Most importantly, each fellow will receive critical feedback from these industry leaders, essential to career preparation.

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2019 Audition requirements

Pre-Screening Recording Round followed by Invitation-Only Live Audition Round

Voice Program applicants must first submit a Pre-Screening Round recording as part of the online application, and within the application must indicate preferred audition date/city for the Live Round opportunity (see Audition Schedule for details). Applicants will be notified by email by the first week of November if they have been advanced to the Live Audition Round and will be emailed an audition appointment at that time.

International Voice Program Applicants:
Those residing overseas (outside North America) at the time of the auditions may submit a video upload audition in lieu of a live audition, if advanced to the Live Audition Round.

PRE-SCREENING RECORDING ROUND
The following two selections must be uploaded as audio or audio/video files within the online application:

  • 1 opera aria

  • 1 art song


INVITATION-ONLY LIVE AUDITION ROUND
The following four selections*:

  • 2 contrasting opera arias

  • 2 art songs

*At least one of the four Live Audition Round selections must be in English
*At least one of the four Live Audition Round selections must be composed after 1950
*Both requirements above may be met by singing an Opera Aria or Art Song that is both in English and composed after 1950

Singers must demonstrate in their audition a thorough understanding of the character, dramatic situation, and meaning of each aria or song text.

The Music Academy provides the piano partner for the Live Round audition.

Singers not cast in the opera will enjoy other significant performance opportunities.  

 


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marilyn horne song Competition

The prestigious Marilyn Horne Song Competition awards two first prizes – one to a singer and one to a vocal pianist – for excellence in song repertoire performance and audience communication. 2019 jurors include Marilyn Horne and Jennifer Higdon. Additional jurors to be announced.

 Winners Receive

  • A cash award of $5,000

  • Spring International Recital Tour: several US cities plus London, UK

  • A career development session in New York with 21C Media Group

  • A professional photo shoot

  • The opportunity to receive innovation funding to add artistic or creative programming to their recital

  • 2019 winners will perform a commissioned set of songs by Jennifer Higdon to premiere on the tour

Competition Guidelines

Each singer performs three songs of varying styles.

One song must have text in English.

The Jury assesses

  • Collaboration between the singer and pianist

  • Interpretation of the text and music

  • Accuracy of diction

  • Vocal quality and technique

  • Connection and communication with the audience


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JENNIFER HIGDON'S COLD MOUNTAIN

James Darrah director / Daniela Candillari conductor

Perform in Jennifer Higdon’s hit tour de force in its West Coast premiere conducted by Daniela Candillari (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Philadelphia, PROTOTYPE Festival). New production staged in a downtown 1,500 seat theater.

  • Major/supporting roles available for all voice types.

  • Two performances

  • Composer in residence

  • Prominent exposure through industry media outlets

  • World-class production quality

Major Roles
• Inman—Baritone
• Ada—Soprano
• Ruby—Mezzo
• Teague—Tenor
• Stobrod/Blindman—Bass
• Veasey—Tenor
• Owens/Ethan/Chain Gang Guard—Baritone
• Monroe/Pangle/Chain Gang Guard—Baritone

Supporting Roles
• Lila—Soprano
• Katie (one of three sisters)—Soprano
• Olivia (one of three sisters)—Mezzo
• Clarie (one of three sisters)—Mezzo
• Sara—Soprano
• Lucinda (escaped slave)—Mezzo
• Junior/Charlie—Tenor
• Reid/Chain Gang Guard—Tenor
• Thomas—Bass
 

Read reviews from our 2018 productions of OperaFest and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Noozhawk OperaFest Review / SB Independent Figaro Review / Miroirs Music Journal Figaro Review


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Vocal Piano


Vocal Piano


Voice & Vocal Piano Faculty / TEACHING ARTISTS

Six Vocal Piano Program fellow openings per year

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The 2019 VOCAL INSTITUTE is the leading source to prepare for a 21st century career in voice and vocal piano. Expert teaching artists collaborate and mentor participants to prepare them for on-stage opportunities, from a fully-staged opera production to public masterclasses. All performance opportunities are centered on excellent vocal technique and immersion in the dramatic process.

OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

COLD MOUNTAIN

James Darrah director / Daniela Candillari conductor

Vocal pianists train with singers in Jennifer Higdon’s hit tour de force in its West Coast premiere conducted by Daniela Candillari (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Philadelphia, PROTOTYPE Festival).

OperaFest 2019: SHAKESPEARE SALON

James Darrah curator / Nino Sanikidze & Tamara Sanikidze music directors

Academy fellows present a modern take on the intimate salons of the early 20th century. Featuring arias, duets, and monologues, Shakespeare's classic texts are brought to life through song and speech in this cutting-edge production.

MARILYN HORNE SONG COMPETITION

One singer and one vocal pianist each win a cash award of $5,000, a four-city international tour including London Symphony Orchestra’s St. Luke’s venue, a commissioned song cycle written by Jennifer Higdon to premiere on the tour, radio broadcasts on tour, and much more. (competition details below)

WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSONS & PUBLIC MASTERCLASSES

Study one-on-one with pedagogues including Marilyn Horne, Gerald Martin Moore, and Bill Schuman. Receive intensive coaching in singing technique, diction, interpretation, style, and presentation, along with an exploration of literature from opera, musical theatre, and song.

INDUSTRY DAY

Singers and pianists will be heard by top artist management and opera company administrators in the field today. Most importantly, each fellow will receive critical feedback from these industry leaders, essential to career preparation.

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2019 Audition requirements

Vocal Piano Program applicants must apply online and perform a live audition. Auditions are 15-20 minutes each.

Applicants must use a Music Academy vocal partner. Partners are not available for rehearsal time prior to the auditions.

NEW! International Vocal Piano Program Applicants:
Those residing overseas (outside North America) at the time of the auditions may submit a video upload audition in lieu of a live audition. Upload four videos that satisfy the repertoire requirements. Vocal partner must be arranged on your own to meet the fourth repertoire requirement.  No sight-reading is required of international video upload applicants.

APPLICANTS RESIDING IN NORTH AMERICA

Vocal Piano Program applicants must apply online and perform a live audition. Live auditions are 15-20 minutes each.

Live Audition Applicants must use a Music Academy vocal partner. Partners are not available for rehearsal time prior to the auditions.

Enrolled Vocal Piano fellows arrive several days prior to the start of the festival in order to participate in pre-season training.

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

Four Selections will be performed at the Live Auditions

1.       Choose ONE of the following arias to play and sing:

  • Mozart, recitative and aria "Temerari...Come scoglio" (from Cosi fan tutte)

  • Mozart, recitative and aria "In quali eccessi...Mi tradì" (from Don Giovanni)

  • Mozart, recitative and aria "Tutto è disposto...Aprite un po quegli occhi" (from Le nozze di Figaro)

2.     Choose ONE of the following arias to play:

  • Wagner, "Du bist der Lenz" (from Die Walküre)

  • Stravinsky, "No word from Tom...I go to Him" (from The Rake’s Progress)

  • Puccini, "Un bel dì" (from Madama Butterfly)

3.       Choose ONE of the following ensembles to play and sing:

  • Bizet, quintet "Nous avons en tete un affaire" (from Carmen)

  • Verdi, quartet "Un dì, se ben rammentomi... Bella figlia dell'amore" (from Rigoletto)

4.       Choose ONE of the following songs to play.  A singer will be provided by Music Academy of the West:

  • Strauss, "Allerseelen" in E flat Major

  • Barber, "St. Ita’s Vision" in high key

  • Fauré, "Clair de lune" in B flat Minor

SIGHT-READING WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED


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Marilyn Horne Song Competition

The prestigious Marilyn Horne Song Competition awards two first prizes – one to a singer and one to a vocal pianist – for excellence in song repertoire performance and audience communication. 2019 Jurors to include Marilyn Horne and Jennifer Higdon. Additional jurors to be announced.

Winners Receive

  • A cash award of $5,000

  • A Spring International Recital Tour: several U.S. cities plus London, UK.

  • A career development session in New York with 21C Media Group

  • A professional photo shoot

  • The opportunity to receive innovation funding to add artistic or creative programming to their recital

  • 2019 winners will perform a commissioned set of songs by Jennifer Higdon to premiere on the tour

Competition Guidelines

Each singer performs three songs of varying styles.

One song must have text in English.

The Jury assesses

  • Collaboration between the singer and pianist

  • Interpretation of the text and music

  • Accuracy of diction

  • Vocal quality and technique, and

  • Connection and communication with the audience


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Collaborative Piano


Collaborative Piano


Collaborative Piano Faculty

 

8 Collaborative Piano fellow openings per summer

Jonathan Feldman Collaborative Piano Masterclass

Training

In-depth exploration of the vast instrumental repertoire, focusing on general concepts of successful partnering, technical and pianistic concerns, building repertoire, and keys to professional development including: resumes, repertoire lists, and stage decorum. Covers a wide range of literature, including sonatas and duos, orchestral reductions, and character pieces. Plus:

  • Weekly private lessons

  • Weekly masterclass instruction

  • Regular collaboration with instrumental fellows

  • Option to attend the Vocal Piano and Solo Piano masterclasses

  • Frequent interaction with the Academy's outstanding instrumental faculty.

Performance

  • Weekly masterclass performance opportunity

  • Various keyboard parts in Music Academy orchestral concerts


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2019 Audition requirements

Collaborative Piano applicants must apply online and perform a live audition

Applicants must use Music Academy instrumental partners. There will be no exceptions made for substitution of partners. Partners are not available for rehearsal time prior to the auditions. Auditions are 15-20 minutes each.

Four components of the audition

  • Prepared audition repertoire as outlined below

  • Brief interview

  • A piece (TBD) will be given to each applicant one half hour prior to the audition which must be played at the audition

  • Sight-reading may be requested

Orchestral Reduction
Choose one of the following concertos

  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Mvt 1

  • Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations (complete work)

  • Copland: Clarinet Concerto (all movements)

Sonata
Choose one of the following sonatas; applicant must be prepared to play the entire work

  • Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3

  • Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1

  • Schumann: Fantasy Pieces (all movements)


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Solo Piano


Solo Piano


Solo Piano Faculty

Music Academy 2016 Guest Artist Leon Fleisher teaches a Solo Piano Public Masterclass.

8 fellow openings per year

Training

Coaching with a primary emphasis on interpretive and stylistic mastery of the extensive literature for solo piano as well as concerto repertoire and chamber music with piano. Plus:

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Participation in one or more chamber groups
  • Weekly solo piano and chamber masterclass instruction

Performance Opportunities

  • Weekly masterclass performance opportunity
  • Weekly Fellow recitals on Friday evenings ("Picnic Concerts")
  • Weekly community concerts in downtown Santa Barbara
  • "PianoFest" (a recital featuring all solo piano Fellows)
  • Solo Piano Competition (winner receives $5000 and recital tour - more details below)
  • Other engagements at the Music Academy and local venues
  • Participation in one of two chamber music groups:
    • Faculty Intensive Chamber Music Experience: In an intensive program, a faculty member coaches, rehearses with, and performs as a member of the chamber group.
    • Fellow Chamber Music Program: Over a three to four week period, groups receive weekly coaching from a faculty member. The group performs all or a portion of a work in a public concert and/or a public masterclass.

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2019 Audition requirements

2019 Audition Repertoire announced in October 2018

o    2019 AUDITION PROCESS & REPERTOIRE

Video Upload Audition (NO LIVE AUDITION ROUND)

AUDITION REPERTOIRE – TO BE ANNOUNCED


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SOLO PIANO COMPETITION

Solo Piano competition sends a winning fellow to perform on national tour in partnership with Steinway & Sons, a first-ever collaboration as part of the Academy’s All-Steinway distinction

The winner, selected by a panel of professionals, is presented with a cash prize and will perform on an international tour in the Spring, including Steinway & Sons venues nationally and a performance venue in London, UK.

The 2018 panel included guest composer Elizabeth Ogonek. The 2018 winner, Sophiko Simsive, will perform a world premiere by Ogonek on the tour, commissioned by the Music Academy.


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Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion


Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion


 

Larry Rachleff leads the Music Academy of the West's Academy Festival Orchestra in Dvořák's "New World" Symphony at the Granada Theatre.

 

Strings, Winds, Brass & Percussion Faculty

 

STRINGS

WOODWINDS

BRASS

PERCUSSION & TIMPANI

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2019 GUEST ARTISTS TBA

2019 GUEST CONDUCTORS  TBA


2019 Audition requirements

STRINGS, WINDS, BRASS & PERCUSSION

2019 Audition Repertoire Announced to be announced in October 2018

Live Audition OR Video Upload Audition *equal consideration granted to both audition methods

  • Live Audition applicants: indicate preferred audition city/date within application. Live auditions are granted in the order that applications are received. Some audition dates may fill prior to the application deadline, so early applications are encouraged. Review audition schedule prior to submitting an application to verify if your preferred date is still available. Live audition appointments will be communicated by email following the application deadline. Live auditions are filmed by Academy administration for later review by Academy faculty/adjudicators. Faculty are present on select dates to observe live auditions.

 

  • Video Upload Audition applicants: upload one continuous, unedited audition video within the online application (upload one video, not separate tracks; do not stop the camera between repertoire selections). Videos must be unaccompanied. Video file must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file submitted during a previous Music Academy application season. For best video upload speed, we recommend the following internet browsers: Chrome, Safari and Firefox (the most updated versions of each). 

See 2019 repertoire requirements for your studio below.

HARP

  • Video Audition Uploads ONLY (no live auditions). 
  • Videos may be uploaded to the online application as separate tracks for each repertoire selection.
  • Video file must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file submitted during a previous Music Academy application season. See 2019 repertoire requirements for your studio below.

2019 Repertoire Requirements coming soon


chamber music

Woodwinds and Brass

Upon arrival at the Music Academy, woodwind and brass fellows interested in participating in a chamber ensemble will meet with faculty members to select repertoire and divide into chamber groupings

Strings

All string fellows will participate in a chamber music group while at the Music Academy. Chamber Music for strings is split into three courses of study, which applicants will order by their preference during the application process. Based on applicants’ audition and expressed interest, fellows will be placed into either the String Quartet Seminar, the Faculty Intensive Chamber Music Experience, or the Fellow Chamber Music Program: 

String Quartet Seminar

Led by the Takács Quartet, the String Quartet Seminar offers sixteen string fellows comprising four string quartets a special two-week rigorous training course beginning the week prior to the Festival. Fellows in the SQS program will receive daily coachings by members of the Takács Quartet, participate in a string quartet masterclass, and watch the Takács Quartet work during an open rehearsal – all with a focus on helping fellows hone techniques vital in quartet and chamber music collaboration. The program continues with performances in Hahn Hall featuring all four quartets and additional coachings from faculty and guest artists throughout the summer. String fellows participating in this program also receive  another two weeks of intensive training with the Takács Quartet when they return to the Music  Academy later in the Summer Festival.

 Faculty Intensive Chamber Music Experience

This intensive experience puts a faculty member in a chamber group with fellows. Each faculty member participating in the program will coach, rehearse with, and perform as a member of the group. Groups will rehearse frequently, culminating in a performance of a full work of standard repertoire at the end of the two week period. 

Fellow Chamber Music Program

Based on the repertoire information submitted by applicants during the admissions process, fellows participating in the Fellow Chamber Music Program will be assigned groups and repertoire based on prior chamber music experience and interest in repertoire. Each group will receive weekly coaching from a faculty member for three to four weeks before performing all or a portion of a work in a public concert and/or a public masterclass.


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All instrumental fellows participate in this orchestra, which is led by distinguished guest conductors chosen for both artistic skill and dedication to making great music with pre-professional musicians. Each program is preceded by sectionals and five rehearsals.

International guest conductors lead rehearsals and sectionals culminating in Academy Festival Orchestra concerts at the historic Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Academy faculty artists observe and participate as rehearsal coaches, and occasionally perform in the concerts.

2019 guest conductors and repertoire highlights to be announced.


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 STRING LEADERSHIP program 

String Leadership Program

  • Under the direction of former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, the String Leadership Program offers select violinists an intensive opportunity to explore concertmaster excerpts and the fundamentals of leading a string section, as well as reviewing concert etiquette. Participants in the program will meet weekly in a private masterclass with Mr. Dicterow, performing excerpts for one another and discussing the roles and responsibility of being a leader in an orchestra.
  • Most concertmasters and principal seconds for Academy Festival Orchestra concerts will be selected from participants of the String Leadership Program.
  • Section seating rotates each week.
  • All violin fellows are eligible to audition for the  program at the beginning of the summer.
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LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PARTNERSHIP

The Music Academy of the West and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) launched a major new partnership in 2018, based at the Academy’s annual Summer School and Festival in Santa Barbara, California, and at the Barbican and LSO St Luke’s in London.

Michael Tilson Thomas, the LSO’s Conductor Laureate, will be in residence in Santa Barbara each summer during the eight-week festival alongside principal players from each section of the LSO, to teach some of the most gifted young musicians (aged 18-34) in America and from around the world.

Twelve of the Academy’s instrumental fellows are selected each summer by an audition process overseen by the resident LSO players to travel to London for ten days of intensive training with the London Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. They will experience a week in the life of an LSO musician, taking part in rehearsals, performances, and mock auditions; receiving lessons; and performing chamber music with members of the orchestra.

The winners of the Academy’s annual Solo Piano and Marilyn Horne Song Competitions will also travel to London to be presented in recital at LSO St Luke’s. Each recital will feature the European premiere performance of a work specially composed for the winners as part of the Academy’s Composer-in-Residence program.

As well as creating meaningful opportunities for Academy fellows, the new partnership will bring an extraordinary roster of guest artists to Santa Barbara each summer. 

Over the next three summers, Michael Tilson Thomas and other key LSO conductors and musicians will perform and teach at the Academy. The full London Symphony Orchestra will be in residence in 2019 and 2021, performing in concert and side-by-side with the Academy Festival Orchestra.