Festival Life

Powerful musical instruction combines with a rich social life and wellness program in our Summer School & Festival and beyond.

My summer at the Music Academy of the West was the best summer of my life. I was pushed as a professional, as an artist, and as a human. I learned what it takes to build a successful music career. What I learned at the Music Academy will stay with me throughout my entire career, and I am eternally grateful.

— fellow

Throughout the summer, fellows are immersed in rich opportunities to expand repertoire and refine performance style under the personalized guidance of globally-renowned musicians.

Outside the studio, fellows get to soak in all the beauty and recreational fun that Santa Barbara has to offer while getting to know local community members. Engaging wellness programs and career seminars focused on innovation are also in place to help prepare for a balanced, fulfilling professional life.

The dignity and true excitement the fellows were treated with really made an impact. Add a great feeling of respect and inspiration from the administration and interacting with vibrant inspiring musicians and speakers every week, it makes for a very transformational experience. When treated with this kind of respect and an unspoken belief in our abilities, it unlocks something within ourselves we didn’t know was there. I’ve rarely been treated with such a sense of dignity and respect before, and from the start of Music Academy it inspired me to be my very best.

— 2020 fellow

Wellness Program

Wellness Program

We define “wellness” as a way of life that balances mental, physical, and social well-being – producing healthy musicians who thrive personally and professionally.

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

A typical day as a fellow includes rehearsals, meals, practice time, lessons, masterclasses, coachings, and concerts, with downtime to enjoy social events or recharge on the beach.

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