70th anniversary season highlights revealed by Academy President & CEO Scott Reed

Guest artist Susanna Phillips (’02,’03), Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic, guest artists Stephen Hough, Speranza Scappucci (’96), James Darrah, Pamela Frank, and Matthew Aucoin.

Guest artist Susanna Phillips (’02,’03), Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic, guest artists Stephen Hough, Speranza Scappucci (’96), James Darrah, Pamela Frank, and Matthew Aucoin.

Commissions and Premieres program will present new works and host contemporary composers during the Festival and beyond

Music Academy will present the largest classical music event in Santa Barbara’s history

New Alumni Enterprise Awards Program will fund groundbreaking entrepreneurial projects

Inaugural Solo Piano competition will send alumni to perform on national tour in partnership with Steinway & Sons, a first-ever collaboration as part of the Academy’s new All-Steinway distinction

The Music Academy launches a pioneering classical music conference

$50 Million Capital Campaign Projects completed in 2017 with opening of Hind Hall

Santa Barbara, CA — The Music Academy of the West invited alumni, faculty, members of the Board of Directors, administration, and special guests to celebrate the launch of its 70th anniversary on January 11 at Lincoln Center in New York City. The 70th Summer School and Festival, which will take place June 12 through August 5, 2017, will feature over 200 masterclasses, recitals, performances, and events in Santa Barbara, California; many of which are free to the public. The Festival events will highlight the Summer School’s 140 fellows from more than 20 states and 10 countries, and nearly 70 faculty and guest artists.


Highlights revealed at the event included trailblazing institutional initiatives, faculty appointments and renowned guest artists, and opportunities for Academy alumni to be involved in new creative projects. Activities planned for the Summer Festival include the launch of a commissions and premieres program, a pioneering thought leadership conference, and an inaugural Solo Piano Competition in partnership with Steinway & Sons. A first-of-its kind New York Philharmonic partnership continues that will feature a 70th Anniversary Community Concert for 7,500 attendees overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in Alan Gilbert’s final performance as the Orchestra’s Music Director.

Music Academy President and CEO Scott Reed said, “Our 70th anniversary gives us the opportunity to honor the Music Academy’s distinct history while launching innovative programs boldly into the future. Our commitment to exceptional training, audience development, and nurturing the ongoing vitality of classical music has inspired a season like no other. We invite everyone to share in this exciting time for our organization.”

Commissions & Premieres Program

The Music Academy is committed to the creation of new art. To further this mission, the Academy will launch an ongoing Commissions and Premieres Program in 2017. The program has several goals in mind, including:

  • making Santa Barbara a front-line destination for music of today
  • launching a guest composer program
  • engaging and featuring alumni as composers and performers

In 2017 alone, the Music Academy will present 10 world and west coast premieres, six of which were commissioned by the Academy. These pieces will be presented on many, if not all, of the Festival’s various concert series and will represent a variety of instruments and musical pairings (orchestra, chamber, vocal, and others).

The launch of the program will include world premieres by all-American composers:

  • Mosher Guest Artist Matthew Aucoin (described below)
  • Caroline Shaw (work for violin and piano, written for and performed by faculty artist and Ms. Shaw’s former violin teacher Kathleen Winkler)
  • Alumnus James Stephenson (’88,’91) (work for trumpet and mixed ensemble, Martha Uncaged, featuring Paul Merkelo, faculty artist and co-comissioner)
  • Jeremy Turner (mixed chamber work)
  • Joseph Tompkins (percussion ensemble)
  • Jake Heggie (vocal work)

In addition, 2017 programming will feature American/west coast premieres of works by Mosher Guest Artist Stephen Hough, Timo Andres, and others yet to be announced. All composers will
be present to attend their premiere performances. As Music Academy guest composers, they will coach and mentor the fellows who are performing their works; in some cases also offering masterclasses and pre-concert lectures.

Matthew Aucoin has been commissioned to create a concert suite from his opera Crossing which will involve select Voice Program fellows as soloists. This suite will be premiered on July 15 by the Academy Festival Orchestra, which Mr. Aucoin will conduct. Additionally, he will curate and prepare an evening of vocal chamber music; including some of his own works.

Mosher Guest Artists are generously supported by the Samuel B. and Margaret C. Mosher Foundation.

Community Access and Live Streaming

The Music Academy continues to expand its Community Access initiatives to foster greater community involvement season after season. Anchoring the effort are philanthropically subsidized $10 Community Access tickets, which are made available on a first-come, first-served basis for all Festival events. Additionally, young people ages 7-17 accompanied by ticketed adults are granted free admission.

As the Music Academy’s largest community event to date, and the city of Santa Barbara’s largest classical music event in history, 7,000 $10 and free tickets will be offered to enjoy the return of the New York Philharmonic on Monday, July 31, at Santa Barbara City College’s ocean-side La Playa Stadium. The historic 70th Anniversary Community Concert will mark Alan Gilbert’s final appearance as New York Philharmonic Music Director. Maestro Gilbert will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring Music Academy superstar alumna soprano Susanna Phillips (‘02,’03), tenor Joe Kaiser, and bass Morris Robinson as soloists in the work’s iconic “Ode to Joy.” The event will close with a stunning fireworks display over the ocean.

The 70th Anniversary Community Concert will be dedicated in remembrance of Léni Fe Bland, and will be made possible in partnership with the city of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City
College. The Music Academy of the West’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic has been made possible through the generosity of Lead Sponsors Linda and Michael Keston.
Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider said, “The Music Academy’s vision and leadership to bring this historic event to Santa Barbara is unprecedented. Our city is already known for its excellent arts and cultural offerings, but this will create even more awareness about the attractive events that are taking place here year round.”

SBCC President Anthony E. Beebe added, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for members of our Santa Barbara Community. Santa Barbara City College is thrilled to host this event, which will be accessible for all.”

Live streaming continues for the fourth season, after having reached more than 150,000 people around the world in 2016 via Facebook Live and the Academy’s YouTube channel. The Academy will live stream up to 20 events during the 2017 Summer Festival. The live stream archive available at musicacademy.org includes masterclasses, performances, and competitions recorded in multiple venues in Santa Barbara.

New Alumni Enterprise Awards Program

To further bolster the Music Academy’s support of its alumni’s entrepreneurial endeavors in classical music, an Enterprise Awards Program will be established. This award will fund original ideas in areas including artistic expression, audience development, education, and technology; leading risk-taking and educational initiatives to success. All Academy alumni are eligible, and will be able to submit projects that align with and/or challenge the Academy’s mission to further classical music education and/or cultivate discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences.

Awards granted for alumni projects will range from $2,500 to $20,000 based on scope and scale. Applications will be due in October 2017, with winners announced in December 2017. Project proposals will be vetted by the executives of the administration, and reviewed by the
Academy’s National Advisory Council members; Marcy Carsey, Jeremy Geffen, Gregg Gleasner, Ara Guzelimian, Mark Newbanks, and Chad Smith. To further support the winners, an advisor or advisors will be selected as mentors to help steward alumni through the implementation of their projects.

Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference

The Music Academy will be a pioneer for thought leadership in music and the arts this season as it launches the first of its kind – the Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference. This two-day event, held June 19 and 20, will draw a wide range of experts from music, tech, arts, business, and media to Santa Barbara to engage in discussion and debate surrounding the evolution of classical music in our current culture. Topics will include the role of tastemakers and experts, redefining the live experience, development of virtual art, new financial models, audience development and diversity, and art as a response to social and cultural issues, among other topics.

Guest Artists and Prominent Faculty Appointments

Jeremy Denk has been elevated from guest artist to formally join the faculty in 2017 for a four week residency, in collaboration with returning faculty artists Jerome Lowenthal and Conor Hanick. Takács Quartet also officially joins the faculty next summer as the Academy’s first String Quartet in Residence. They will once again perform in an opening night recital and return later to perform on the Festival Artists Series.

New guest artists in 2017 include violinists Pamela Frank (’83, 84), Martin Beaver, and Nicholas Mann; who will be teaching private lessons, chamber music lessons, and masterclasses. Additionally, Academy alumnus and cellist Robert deMaine (’90) and pianist Robert McDonald will return this anniversary season as guest artists.

All-Steinway Distinction, 70th Anniversary Gala, and Inaugural Solo Piano Competition

The Music Academy has achieved has achieved an All-Steinway distinction from Steinway & Sons. This remarkable status denotes a permanent collection of 55 Steinway pianos on the Music Academy campus, which will include a new Hamburg model D concert grand piano for use in the Academy’s exquisite concert venue, Hahn Hall. The Academy selected faculty artist Jeremy Denk to make the Hamburg model selection at the factory in Germany this past December. The new Hamburg will be shipped to Santa Barbara prior to the Festival.

In recognition of the Academy’s All-Steinway distinction, the Academy will present an elegant 70th Anniversary Gala with that theme on May 21, 2017, to celebrate the beginning of the 2017 Summer School and Festival. The glamorous event will feature a red carpet reception, an al fresco dinner on the Academy’s campus, and a concert featuring Steinway Artists. The Gala will directly benefit the Academy’s full-scholarship program.

A new Solo Piano Competition will be launched during the 2017 Summer Festival. The winner, selected by a panel of professionals, will be presented with a cash prize and will tour, performing recitals in Steinway & Sons venues nationally.

The Elixir of Love

The opera event of the summer will be a new production of Donizetti’s masterwork, The Elixir of Love, conducted by world-renowned conductor and Academy alumna Speranza Scappucci (’96), and directed by Los Angeles based James Darrah, recognized by the Chicago Tribune as “the newest discovery” for creating what Opera News describes as “once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” Overseen by Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne, the fully-staged and costumed production will take place at the historic Granada Theatre on July 27 and 29. The opera will be sung in English with English supertitles.

The opera production will star select Voice Program fellows as well as 45 Instrumental fellows from the Academy Festival Orchestra. The 20 Voice Program fellows who will perform in this
opera – chosen from among 536 applicants as part of the program’s competitive audition process – represent some of today’s finest young singing talent.

New York Philharmonic Partnership

As part of the Academy’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic, five Philharmonic musicians will serve as guest faculty for one week to train fellows in collaboration with Academy faculty, including masterclasses, chamber music coachings, private lessons, lectures, and a Festival Artists Series performance. They will also judge auditions for the 2018 New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. The selected Fellows will travel to New York City in the 2017–18 season to train and play alongside Philharmonic musicians for 10 days. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the Academy Festival Orchestra on the final concert of the season in addition to conducting the 70th Anniversary Community Concert with the Philharmonic.

Academy Festival Orchestra Concerts

The Academy Festival Orchestra will present five concert programs this season, all held at the historic Granada Theatre. Larry Rachleff will return this season to conduct the first orchestra performance on June 24. Conductor and composer Matthew Aucoin will conduct the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition winners of the Strings, Brass, Winds, and Percussion divisions on July 8. The program will feature the world premiere of a concert suite from Mr. Aucoin’s own opera Crossing, in addition to concerto experts by the competition winners. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, as part of the Academy’s New York Philharmonic partnership, will lead the Academy Festival Orchestra’s final concert on Aug 5.

NPR’s From the Top

The Music Academy will host NPR’s signature radio program From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley this season. With an audience of more than half a million weekly listeners, From the Top features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of
extraordinary young classically trained musicians. The program will air twice nationally, including on KUSC in Southern California.

UCSB Library Partnership

The Music Academy and the UC Santa Barbara Library have renewed a partnership to preserve and digitize the Academy’s archive of open reel tapes, transfer the Music Academy of the West historical archive to the UCSB Library, and collaborate on the celebration of the 70th anniversary through a public exhibition of archival materials and related event. UCSB Library’s Department of Special Research Collections is a national leader in historic sound preservation. The Music Academy’s recordings of concerts, recitals, and masterclasses from 1961-2001 have been housed at the UCSB Library and available for public research access since 2007. Four hundred of the earliest and most fragile recordings will be digitized for the 70th anniversary, including special performances by Marilyn Horne, Jerome Lowenthal, and Lotte Lehmann.

This partnership will allow for even greater access to the Music Academy legacy for faculty, Academy alumni, students, scholars, and the community at large for research, study, and personal enjoyment.

$50 Million Capital Campaign Projects to be completed in 2017

The Music Academy of the West will open Hind Hall, the Academy’s new teaching studio building that is the result of a generous $4.4 million gift from the Hind Foundation in addition to the collective support of all those that contributed to the $17.5 million FINALE campaign. The FINALE campaign was the final piece of $50 million raised to support the renovation and construction on the Academy’s Miraflores campus, begun in 2008 with the renovation of Hahn Hall, followed by the construction of the Luria Education Center (2012) and the renovation and naming of the Marilyn Horne Main House (2016). Conceived and designed with year-round use in mind, the 5,972 square foot structure will house two large ensemble rehearsal rooms – the Gondos String Quartet Studio and a fully-equipped percussion ensemble room – as well as six large faculty teaching studios. These rehearsal spaces will be utilized by the Music Academy throughout the Summer Festival and by the community during the non-summer months. Hind
Hall will feature the latest in distance learning technology, a new central courtyard, a redesigned loading dock to increase accessibility to and from Hahn Hall, and temperature-controlled storage space for instruments and general campus use.

About the Music Academy of the West

The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted, young, classically trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and current Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians.

The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2017 Summer School and Festival takes place from June 12 to August 5 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit musicacademy.org.

Faculty and Visiting Artists

STRINGS
Glenn Dicterow violin & string leadership
Jorja Fleezanis violin & orchestral studies
Kathleen Winkler violin & chamber music
Karen Dreyfus viola, orchestral studies & chamber music
Richard O’Neill (’98, ’99) viola & chamber music
Cynthia Phelps (’79, ’83) viola
David Geber cello & chamber music
Alan Stepansky cello, chamber music & orchestral studies
Nico Abondolo (’87) double bass
Takács Quartet Edward Dusinberre, Károly Schranz, Geraldine Walther, András Fejér

WOODWINDS
Timothy Day flute
Jim Walker flute
Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida oboe
Eugene Izotov oboe
Richie Hawley clarinet
Benjamin Kamins (’68) bassoon
Dennis Michel bassoon

BRASS
Julie Landsman horn
Barbara Butler trumpet
Charlie Geyer trumpet
Paul Merkelo trumpet
Mark H. Lawrence trombone & tuba
Ralph Sauer trombone

PERCUSSION
Michael Werner (’90)

TIMPANI
Joseph Pereira

HARP
JoAnn Turovsky

SOLO PIANO
Jeremy Denk
Jerome Lowenthal
Conor Hanick

COLLABORATIVE PIANO
Jonathan Feldman director
Natasha Kislenko (’01)
Margaret McDonald (’00, ’01, ’02)

VOICE AND VOCAL PIANO
Marilyn Horne (’53) voice program director
Warren Jones vocal piano & interpretation
Fred Carama vocal technique & performance
John Churchwell vocal coach
Mary Blackwood Collier (’61) French coach
Martin Katz (’64) vocal piano & interpretation
Giuseppe Mentuccia Italian coach & assistant conductor
Nis Neubert German coach
James Darrah director, The Elixir of Love
Nino Sanikidze (’01, ’02) vocal coach
Tamara Sanikidze (’05, ’06, ’07) vocal coach

FACULTY EMERITUS
Donald McInnes viola (’54, ’55, ’56)
Peter Salaff chamber music

PERFORMANCE COACH
Bill Williams

GUEST CONDUCTORS
Matthew Aucoin
Alan Gilbert
Larry Rachleff
Speranza Scappucci

MOSHER GUEST ARTISTS
Matthew Aucoin composer
Stephen Hough piano

GUEST ARTISTS
Martin Beaver violin & chamber music
Robert deMaine (’90) cello, chamber music & orchestral studies
Pamela Frank (’83, ’84) violin
Nicholas Mann violin & chamber music
Robert McDonald solo piano

GUEST COMPOSERS
Timo Andres
Matthew Aucoin
Jake Heggie
Stephen Hough
Caroline Shaw
James Stephenson (’88,’91)
Joe Tompkins
Jeremy Turner

Released: January 11, 2017

Kate Oberjat
Director of Marketing and Communications, Music Academy of the West
805‐695-7908, koberjat@musicacademy.org

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