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Festival Life


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Festival Life


Larry Rachleff leads the Music Academy of the West's Academy Festival Orchestra in Dvořák's "New World" Symphony at the Granada Theatre.

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 are also in place to help Fellows prepare to lead a balanced, fulfilling professional life.

Read on to learn more.

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.
— 2016 Fellow

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Repertoire Highlights


Repertoire Highlights


Orchestral Highlights

Chamber Music Highlights

Vocal Highlights


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Public Masterclass


Public Masterclass



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New York Philharmonic Partnership


New York Philharmonic Partnership


New York Philharmonic Faculty

New York Philharmonic at the Music Academy

2017 marks the fourth year of partnership with the New York Philharmonic. Masterclasses, seminars, and private lessons take place during a one-week residency of Philharmonic musicians which also includes an orchestra concert led by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the Academy Festival Orchestra last summer at the Granada Theatre.

 
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Zarin Mehta Global Academy

In addition, the Philharmonic musicians oversee an annual audition through which ten Academy Fellows are chosen to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program; a 10-day intensive immersive residency held next in New York City January 2018. Global Academy activities include private lessons, chamber music, a mock audition, seminars with artists and administrators, and appearances with the orchestra in a subscription week of rehearsals and concerts. The Global Academy program provides travel and housing for participating Fellows, who are paid a stipend equal to one week base salary (minus union dues and applicable taxes).

Click here for the press announcement of the 2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows.


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Daily Schedule


Daily Schedule


Your typical day as a Fellow begins at Westmont College, where you’ll be housed for the summer. After a delicious breakfast, buses take you down the road a few miles for training at the Academy, or to the downtown performance venues for rehearsal. During an orchestra week, instrumental fellows attend rehearsals throughout the morning. Solo pianists spend the morning practicing in their individual studios at the Academy. Vocal pianists and singers attend morning rehearsals and lessons at Westmont.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Around noon, all Fellows break for lunch. During the week, the afternoon is spent in some combination of training: masterclasses, private lessons, coaching, practice, or rehearsals. The whole group reunites at Westmont for an early dinner, followed on most evenings by either a performance or rehearsal.


Saturdays are busy with rehearsals, concerts, or competitions during the day, and performances most evenings. Sundays are a time to relax, and fellows can spend the day as they choose.
Peppered throughout the week, Fellows will also find other pockets of free time. They can enjoy stunning nearby beaches, hike in beautiful mountains, site see in downtown Santa Barbara, gather for a meal or social activity with Academy patrons, participate in wellness program activities, take advantage of the many fitness facilities at Westmont, or simply rest.


Fellows also bond through group social events, including a beach BBQ, movie and game nights, hiking, soccer matches, beach volleyball, and local excursions.


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Wellness


Wellness


We define “wellness” as a way of life that balances mental, physical, and social well-being– producing healthy musicians who thrive personally and professionally. As a Fellow, you’ll walk away in tune not just as a musician, but as a person.

EXERCISE & NUTRITION

The Jenny Schatzle Program is highly sought after, and has been featured in People Magazine and the E! Television Network. It focuses on results tied to positivity, encouragement, and fun. 

The Jenny Schatzle Program offers physical fitness opportunities and nutritional expertise to all Fellows. 

  • Weekly cardio, kickboxing, and yoga classes are available.
  • Weekly nutrition emails and videos provide healthy dining tips and videos geared specifically to the demanding lifestyle of a professional musician.

PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY

A specialist in performance psychology works with Fellows in groups and privately to provide advice about auditioning, mental focus, and stress-related challenges.

LEADERSHIP & LIFESTYLE LECTURE SERIES

Led by faculty, administration, and guest artists, inspiring and motivational lectures throughout the summer offer professional and personal tools for success and health.


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Campus & Housing


Campus & Housing


The Music Academy's home is Miraflores, a stunning 10-acre garden estate located in the gorgeous and temperate city of Santa Barbara, known as the American Riviera. About 90 miles north of Los Angeles, the campus is just a minute's walk from Butterfly Beach, considered by many to be the most beautiful in the area,with stunning sunset views of the Pacific Ocean.

 
Miraflores houses the Academy's administrative offices and is the focus of most of the summer's Instrumental and Solo Piano activities and events: orchestra rehearsals, chamber recitals, solo recitals, masterclasses, lessons, and individual practice sessions all take place here. Voice and Vocal Piano Program masterclasses also take place at Miraflores.

Orchestra concerts, opera performances, and other select events take place in celebrated venues throughout Santa Barbara.

A lounge, dining patio, music library, and sprawling beautiful gardens provide spaces for leisure and relaxation on campus.

 

WESTMONT COLLEGE HOUSING

Summer housing is  located just a few minutes from the Music Academy at Westmont College, a scenic 111-acre private campus with breathtaking ocean views and wooded paths. Fellows each have their own room, with 3-4 room suites sharing a bathroom. 

The on-campus dining hall provides delicious hot buffet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, accompanied by fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian options are also available.  

While at Westmont, fellows can take advantage of a wide range of recreational facilities, including a fitness center, swimming pool, gymnasium, track, sports fields, tennis courts, art museum, library, observatory and scenic lawns and gardens. There’s also a post office where fellows can send and receive mail. 

Transportation comes in the form of a private charter bus that takes several daily shuttles between Westmont and the Music Academy, as well as to and from all performance venues.


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Community Support


The Compeer Program

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Community Support


The Compeer Program

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When you become a Fellow, the Santa Barbara community welcomes you with open arms. More than just a place to learn, the Academy becomes your home away from home. You’ll develop lifelong friendships with other Fellows and deep connections to faculty and local music supporters.

The Compeer Program

Through our special “Compeer” program, each Fellow is matched with a local family or individual who shares mutual interests with you. They will become like extended family, and throughout the season you’ll spend time together at Academy events, like picnics, BBQs, beach trips, and concerts, as well as in leisure time, including sightseeing and dinners at their home or in the city.

The support and generosity offered by my compeer was crucial in my experience.
— 2016 Fellow

When you perform, Compeers are there, meaning you have a familiar face in the crowd, and someone to congratulate you at the end of the show. We do our best to ensure that, even though you may be far from home, you feel supported, cared for, and surrounded by friends.