The teaching studio building, named in recognition of a leadership gift from the Hind Foundation, will provide Academy fellows and the community with world-class educational facilities year-round

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Santa Barbara, CA — On July 14 at 5 pm, the Music Academy of the West celebrates the Hind Hall grand opening and ribbon cutting event, 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 event will also feature the premiere of a commemorative fanfare, written exclusively for this occasion by Mosher guest artist Matthew Aucoin. All are invited to attend and experience this milestone moment.

Conceived and designed with year-round use in mind, the 5,972 square foot structure houses two large ensemble rehearsal rooms – the Gondos String Quartet Studio and the Lehrer Percussion Studio – 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 features 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.

Named for the Hind Foundation, who contributed lead funding for the building, Hind Hall was made possible through the collective generosity of all those who contributed to the recent FINALE Campaign. The following patrons made investments to name spaces within Hind Hall and we are grateful for their involvement: Sharon and David Bradford, Stephen Schaible and Daron Builta, Michelle Joanou, Shirley and Seymour Lehrer, the Luria Foundation, Lila and Joe Scher, and in memory of Bernard Gondos, Phil Goanou, and Margaret Mosher. Their generosity has helped bring Hind Hall to life.

In reflection on this 17-year vision, the Music Academy gratefully acknowledges the expert design team that painstakingly brought this plan to fruition. Frank Schipper Contruction Co. was instrumental in the creation of all building phases of the FINALE campaign. President of Frank Schipper Construction, Paul Weickowski said, “I am proud of what we have accomplished through many years of team work, and look forward to seeing our new facilities serve Santa Barbara and the Music Academy fellows.”

The Academy also thanks the talented architect team for creating exquisite, historically balanced and innovatively functional facilities for our fellow and community members: PMSM Architects, Tom Bollay, and former Board Chair John Burgee. Additionally, the Academy thanks The Tynan Group managing the scope of the project, and the Music Academy’s dedicated Campus Renovation Committee, led by Board Member Tom Orlando.

Board Chair Margaret Cafarelli said, “We are so grateful for the committee members, architects, builders, designers, and project managers who made this campus what it is today: a world-class center for education and music-making that can serve its fellows and community members for generations to come.”

The opening of Hind Hall marks the completion of its 17-year, $50 million campus renovation campaign. The core elements of this transformative project established the following renovated and new campus facilities for the enjoyment of Academy fellows and the community we serve: the Lehrer Studio Building, Hahn Hall, the Luria Education Center, the historic Marilyn Horne Main House, and Hind Hall – a brand new teaching studio building. Additionally, through this campaign the Academy has established a supplemental facility and maintenance endowment that will propel the institution to All-Steinway piano status in perpetuity. We are deeply grateful to the incredibly generous and thoughtful individuals, foundations, and businesses who collectively helped us accomplish this goal.

The Hind Foundation’s mission is to fund community-based projects and programs that encourage people to work together to build an enduring legacy for future generations. The Foundation believes in promoting the expansion and awareness of music and visual arts in our communities, because music and the arts transcend barriers and provide a common language for us all.

Scott Reed, Music Academy of the West President and CEO said, “Hind Hall will enable our campus to provide our fellows, audiences, faculty, and community partners with world-class educational facilities, serving the next generation of great classically trained musicians. We appreciate the Hind Foundation’s generous gift to the Music Academy’s future. They join a dedicated group of contributors who have all helped to make this project possible.”

About the FINALE Campaign
The Music Academy achieved its $17.5 million FINALE campaign goal after a 15-month fundraising effort, raised by support from the community to renovate the historic Marilyn Horne Main House, construct a new Teaching Studio Building (Hind Hall), purchase new Steinway pianos, endow a long-range instrument fund propelling the institution to All-Steinway piano status in perpetuity, and increase the Academy’s recently established maintenance endowment.

The Marilyn Horne Main House was officially unveiled at the Opening Night Gala on June 4, which honored Ms. Horne, the legendary musician and Director of the Academy’s Voice Program.

FINALE Campaign Contributors
Leslie and Philip Bernstein
Linda and Peter Beuret
John C. Bowen and Shelby C. Bowen Foundation
Sharon and David Bradford
Michele and Arnold Brustin
Margaret Cafarelli and Jan Hill
Jo Ann and Howard Chase
Lynn and Andy Chou
Patricia and Larry Durham
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Margo and Robert Feinberg
Julia and David Geber
Judy and Ernie Getto
Bernard Gondos
Paul Guido and Stephen Blain
Hind Foundation
Jackie Inskeep
The Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Michelle Joanou
Irma and Morris Jurkowitz
Linda and Michael Keston
Shirley and Seymour Lehrer
Lucifer Lighting
Leatrice Luria
Kandy Luria-Budgor and Beno Budgor
John C. Mithun Foundation
Margaret Morez
Ronnie Morris and Tim Cardy
The Estate of Elizabeth Mosher
Dot and Rick Nelson
Ellen Lehrer Orlando and Tom Orlando
Gamble Parks and Gary Douville
Ellen and John Pillsbury
Scott Reed
Dorothy Roberts
Joan and Jerry Rocco
Regina and Rick Roney
Santa Barbara Foundation
Stephen Schaible and Daron Builta
Maryan Schall
Lila Scher
Robin Schutte
Anitra and Jack Sheen
Eileen Sheridan and Roger Wilde
Maurice Singer
Stephen Singleton and Christopher Teasley
Mary Lynn and Warren Staley
Glenn Jordan and Michael Stubbs
Perrin Pellegrin and Tim Taylor
Elaine and Robert Toledo
Christopher Toomey
Patricia Toppel
Anne and Michael Towbes
Pam and Terry Valeski
Susie and Hugh Vos
Wade Fund
Patty and Nick Weber
Carolyn and Carl Williams
Linda Seltzer Yawitz
Pat and Joe Yzurdiaga
Cheryl and Peter Ziegler

The history of the campus

Miraflores, the stunning 10-acre garden estate that has been home to the Music Academy since 1951, originally served as the site of the Santa Barbara Country Club. The property’s main
building, a clubhouse designed by Francis W. Wilson in 1909, was partially destroyed by fire in 1912 and rebuilt the following year.

Abravanel Hall, the antecedent to Hahn Hall, opened in 1972. The earlier building was named for the late conductor Maurice Abravanel, who served as music director at the Academy from 1954 to 1980.

Claeyssens Hall, the beautiful teaching and practice facility situated to the west of Anne’s Garden, was opened in 1993. And in 2006 the Music Academy completed reconstruction of the Wood II building, since renamed Lehrer Studios in the Wood Building in honor of Academy benefactors Shirley and Seymour Lehrer. Originally a carriage house on the Jefferson estate, the campus facility features 16 acoustically designed practice studios and remodeled restrooms and shower rooms.

Hahn Hall – named in honor of Academy benefactors Carla and Stephen Hahn – was completed just prior to the start of the 2008 Summer School and Festival. During non-summer months, the hall is also used by area arts organizations.

Completed in 2012, the Luria Education Center is named in honor of longtime Music Academy benefactors Leatrice and Eli Luria. In addition to a masterclass venue bearing the name of Academy supporter Robert W. Weinman, the facility features an expanded music library, individual and ensemble practice rooms and teaching facilities, a pair of lounges, and a catering kitchen and serving area. The center also includes a central campus courtyard named in honor of local philanthropist Leslie Ridley-Tree, and an enclosed dining patio bearing the name of Academy patron Sarah Jane Lind.

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, nearly half of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, visiting artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The Music Academy celebrates its 70th Anniversary during the 2017 Summer School and Festival from June 12 to August 5 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit

Released: July 7, 2017

Kate Oberjat
Director of Marketing and Communications
Music Academy of the West


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