Giving voice to the future

Sing! Summer Creators Camp

June 28 – August 7 / Mon, Wed, Fri  from 3:30-5 pm
faculty members: Erin McKibben & Daniel Newman-Lessler

This summer, learn to build a crankie – an old storytelling art form consisting of moving illustrated scrolls – and compose music for your illustrations, which will be performed and recorded by our Sing! faculty members.

No prior musical experience is necessary!  Crankie building kits will be made available for pickup at the Music Academy, and the camp is free to all students in Santa Barbara County.

Registration is currently closed as the spots have been filled.

Contact [email protected] with any questions or to be added to the waitlist.

About SING!

About SING!

The Music Academy of the West’s innovative Sing! Program is a free, after-school choral initiative open to students in Santa Barbara County 1st through 8th grade. The program normally takes place after school at six elementary schools throughout Santa Barbara County: Adams, Canalino, Franklin, Harding, Hollister, and Isla Vista, selected in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Performance opportunities include concerts and collaborations with the Music Academy family of artists, and future appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra. The program is free of charge.

The program’s objectives are to help children:

  • Discover and develop their ability to imagine and express themselves through music.
  • Gain confidence in using their voice to communicate ideas and emotions.
  • Work together to create something larger than themselves.
  • Learn about people and cultures from around the world through singing.
  • Foster a lifelong love for listening to and making music.

SING! with us

SING! with us

Sing! Children’s Chorus & Sing! Concert Choir

Spring 2021 registration is currently closed. Fall 2021 registration dates will be announced this summer. We look forward to your joining us then!

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Sing! program has moved online to virtual rehearsals and performances. Sing! students rehearse a minimum of two times a week over Zoom with one of our three choral directors. Zoom credentials are sent after registration is completed. All Sing! Children’s Chorus rehearsals take place Mon-Fri from 3:30 pm-5 pm.

The rehearsal schedule is listed below:

Christine Hollinger: M, W, F
Daniel Newman-Lessler: T, W, Th
Erin McKibben: T, W, Th

The Sing! Program also features a Concert Choir for more advanced students. The Sing! Concert Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm-5 pm. Audition is required to enroll in the Concert Choir. Students in this group must also rehearse and perform with full Sing! Children’s Chorus.

Please email [email protected] for more information.

The following 27 elementary schools represent students participating in the Sing! Program this season:

Adams / Canalino / Carpinteria / Crane / El Camino / Ellwood / Foothill / Franklin / Goleta / Harding / Hollister / Hope / Isla Vista / K12 International Academy / Kellogg / La Colina / La Cumbre / Montessori Center / Mountain View / Olive Grove Charter / Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Peabody / Ralph Dunlap / Roosevelt / Santa Barbara Charter School / Washington / World Academy

Lead Foundation Sponsor

Lead Corporate Sponsor


Elaine F Stepanek Foundation
Karl Kramer Foundation
Luria Foundation
Carole MacElhenny
Marilyn and Dick Mazess
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Foundation


Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Jamie Broumas
The Cheeryble Foundation
Kathleen and Jerry Eberhardt
Peggy Hamister
HUB International
Johnson Ohana Foundation
The Lucky One and The Little One Foundations
Margaret Morez
Phyllis and Elliot Prager
Kimberly Santoro
Eileen Sheridan and Roger Wilde
Sonos, Inc.
Stephanie and Alfred Shuman
Mary Lynn and Warren Staley
Pam and Russ Strobel
Anne Towbes
Pam and Terry Valeski
Joanie and Gery Zacher
Cheryl and Peter Ziegler
Ann and Dick Zylstra


Heidi August
Ellen Barger and Tony Helf
Caryl Crahan
Judy and Brian Gough
Denise and George Lilly
Cynthia J. Brown and Arthur C. Ludwig
Victoria E. Kline and Charles McBride
Helga Morris
Arthur Olguin
Ana Papakhian and Rob Cassidy
Mark Rodgers
Paula Rudolph
Ursula Ruland
Tim Taylor
Christine and Robert Thompson
Cherie Topper and Mark Rodgers
Judy Weirick