Admissions

Advancing the careers of 21st century musicians

SUMMER SCHOOL & FESTIVAL: JUNE 13 – AUGUST 6, 2022 

2022 Vocal Institute applications now open!

2022 Instrumental, Solo Piano, and Collaborative Piano application and audition season will be announced by November 2021.


Music Academy of the West is a performance-based training center and incubator that empowers musicians to positively impact society.

Based in Santa Barbara, California, the Academy presents the preeminent full-scholarship Summer School and Festival for classically trained fellows ages 18 to 34. As both a school AND Festival, the Music Academy is the best of both worlds in a spectacular coastal setting, where fellows study and perform with more than 50 exceptional faculty and teaching artists, all while forging close connections with the community. The Academy proudly welcomes everyone from across all generations, cultures, and backgrounds to experience the transformative power of music.

FULL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

All enrolled musicians attend the Summer School and Festival on full-scholarship, including free tuition, accommodations, and meals.

CAREER-ADVANCING OPPORTUNITIES & CORE CURRICULUM

Receive advanced training and mentorship both on-stage and off-stage, honing your talent with world-renowned faculty and guest artists while enjoying a wide variety of training and performance opportunities to propel you into your career as a 21st century musician and artist of impact. Curriculum includes private lessons, studio classes, weekly public masterclasses, orchestra, chamber music, solo performances, opera and vocal productions, art song, recitals, and competitions. The Academy’s commitment to long-term collaborations and exchanges with leading orchestras and opera companies results in unparalleled mentorship and career-advancing prospects. Curriculum is balanced by a variety of extracurricular resources and events including a dynamic Wellness Program, social events with community members, and opportunities to enjoy the nearby beaches and beautiful city of Santa Barbara.

I am so grateful to have formed meaningful connections with faculty, fellows, and administration that I hope will last a lifetime. Music Academy created a safe space for me to learn and grow as a musician. I found myself learning so much as a fellow, and also allowed me to realize what I really enjoy doing as a musician – making good music!

— 2021 fellow

It was an amazing summer. The generosity and support the Music Academy has for each and every fellow is something no other institution can come close to.

— 2021 fellow

There is no place on earth like the Music Academy. Every experience was an opportunity to learn, and it was a blessing to have the experience in such a beautiful part of the country. I think I will look back on my time here for years to come and realize how impactful it has been on me as an artist and musician.

— 2021 fellow

INNOVATION INSTITUTE

The Music Academy’s year-round commitment to innovation provides a trajectory of inspiring mentorship, practical training, and funding opportunities to both fellows and alumni. Through interactive Summer Festival workshops, industry leaders share best practices for building rewarding and sustainable careers and harnessing the power of music to impact the world. Key topics include business skills, entrepreneurship, communications, finances, and technology. Annual competitions offer additional coaching and performance opportunities and platforms for launching creative projects and defining a fellow’s artistic vision, and the annual Alumni Enterprise Awards provides robust funding for bold and diverse alumni projects.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Summer Festival features nearly 200 performances, attended by over 40,000 members of the Santa Barbara community, whose enthusiasm for the Festival is unparalleled. Through the “Compeer Program” each fellow is connected with local community members who host social events with fellows and faculty and regularly attend performances, providing a familiar face in the audience. The strong connections forged through this program make the Festival experience more meaningful for all involved.

It was so much fun to have my own personal cheering section at concerts! My Compeer’s genuine interest and curiosity was delightful.

— 2021 fellow

My Compeers were absolutely amazing, and I know a life-long relationship has been made from this summer. They were incredibly supportive. My summer was greatly enhanced by getting to know and spend time with them.

— 2021 fellow

Programs of Study

Collaborative Piano

Collaborative Piano

2022 Collaborative Piano Program application process will be announced by November 2021

Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion

Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion

2022 Instrumental Program application process will be announced by November 2021

Solo Piano

Solo Piano

2022 Solo Piano Program application process will be announced by November 2021

For admissions inquiries, please email [email protected]