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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.
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.
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.
Programs of Study
2022 Collaborative Piano Program application process will be announced in Fall 2021
Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion
2022 Instrumental Program application process will be announced in Fall 2021
2022 Solo Piano Program application process will be announced in Fall 2021