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THE ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL & FESTIVAL BRINGS TOGETHER 140 MUSICIANS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE FOR A SUMMER OF WORLD-CLASS LEARNING AND ABUNDANT PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES.
As both a school AND Festival, Music Academy of the West is the best of both worlds in a spectacular coastal setting.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Festival transitioned from an in-person program to the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute (MARLI). All fellows enrolled for 2020 were given the option to defer attendance to 2021. Based on the enrollment deferral results, limited positions for the 2021 Summer School & Festival may be available for select studios and will be announced by late Spring 2021. At this time, the 2021 application and audition process is not available.
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. The Summer School and Festival core curriculum includes weekly private lessons, weekly public masterclasses, orchestra, chamber music, solo performances, opera and vocal productions, art song, recitals, piano/instrumental/vocal competitions, partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra, and diverse offerings from the Innovation Institute.
Music Academy is becoming more dedicated to technology/creativity/innovation! I feel that’s important in the future of classical music and I’m glad to see the Academy taking steps to push boundaries and be part of those pushing forward on this journey!
— 2020 fellow
I came away from Music Academy thinking of myself as more than what I do on stage, and that realization of how much power I hold as an artist is pretty awesome.
— 2020 fellow
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 summer competitions, including the Fast Pitch Awards and Digital Challenge, offer additional coaching and performance opportunities and platforms for launching creative projects and defining a fellow’s artistic vision. The annual Alumni Enterprise Awards provides robust funding for bold and diverse projects led by Academy alumni.
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.
2021 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Beth Morrison Projects will be in residence next summer. Beth Morrison was just named a Musical America 2021 Artist of the Year, Agent of Change. LEARN MORE
Programs of Study
2021 Voice Program application process is not currently available
Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion
2021 Instrumental Program application process is not currently available
2021 Collaborative Piano Program application process is not currently available
2021 Solo Piano Program application process is not currently available
2021 Vocal Piano Program application process is not currently available