Health & Safety Information


The Music Academy is adopting a policy for this summer’s Festival where all fellows, faculty, and administration participating on-site are required to be vaccinated. We are bringing together 250 participants from multiple countries, and we want to protect everyone from potential exposure to COVID-19 and its variants. We encourage audiences to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to attending Music Academy events, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Health, and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.


All tickets for the Summer Festival will be delivered electronically by email. Electronic or print at home tickets should be displayed upon entry on mobile phones or printed at home.

The Ticket Office can be reached by phone at 805-969-8787.


Capacity has been reduced and socially distanced seating will be possible at every venue. Hahn Hall events are general admission and seating is designed at the Granada Theatre for social distancing – both venues will maintain a reduced capacity.


Following CDC and state public health guidelines and Santa Barbara County recommendations, at this time (July 2021) masks are recommended for everyone indoors, and required for unvaccinated individuals including children.


7-17s are always free with ticketed adults. Following CDC and state public health guidelines, at this time (June 2021) masks are required for unvaccinated individuals including children. For vaccinated individuals, masks are welcome but not required. 


Socially distanced lines will be formed beginning 30 minutes prior to the start time of the event at Hahn and Lehmann Halls and 45 minutes prior at the Granada Theatre.

There will be no intermissions, aside from an hour break during the Solo Piano Competition and the Marilyn Horne Song Competition.

No food or beverage will be served at public events.

Printed programs will be available.

Most events will be 75 minutes or less, with the exception of masterclasses (90 minutes) and the competitions.

If you need assistance, administrators and ushers will be available to help and guide you and attend to the safety of all audience members.


Please note State Street is closed. Parking is available at the lots behind the Granada Theatre or across the street. Accessible drop off will be arranged prior to the events. Please allow for plenty of time if drop off is necessary.

Advance digital tickets will be required – they will be viewed and scanned upon entry preferably on mobile phones or alternatively as print-at-home tickets. 

Seating for Granada Theatre events will begin 45 minutes prior to the start time of the event.

Seating will be socially distanced.

Please bring bottled water – water fountains will be shut. At this time, no concessions are planned, but that status may change in July.

Academy Chamber Orchestra concerts will be 75 minutes or less with no intermission. Competitions may have a pause or intermission and will likely be longer than 75 minutes.


If you have any questions or concerns prior to attending, please call the Ticket Office at 805-969-8787.