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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jenny Schatzle Program offers physical fitness opportunities and nutritional expertise to all fellows.
A specialist in performance psychology works with fellows in groups and privately to provide advice about auditioning, mental focus, and stress-related challenges.
Led by faculty, administration, and guest artists, inspiring and motivational lectures throughout the summer offer professional and personal tools for success and health.
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 activities and events: orchestra rehearsals, chamber recitals, solo recitals, masterclasses, lessons, and individual practice sessions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.