Upcoming Donor Events
Michelle Bradley in Recital: Wed, Oct 30
The 2014 alumna soprano returns to Santa Barbara for an exquisite salon recital. Since winning the Academy’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition, Michelle has performed with leading orchestra and opera companies from Metropolitan Opera to Carnegie Hall.
Reserved for President’s Circle members, $15,000+
Live Vocal Institute Auditions: Sat, Nov 23
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience a live audition as singers vie for the chance to gain one of just 21 positions within the Academy’s Vocal Institute; a rare opportunity to hear some of the talented singers you will see in the 2020 Summer Festival.
Reserved for Soloist-level members, $1,000+
Premier Council Recital: Tue, Jan 7, 2020
Share in a spectacular evening of music when 2019 alumni Njioma Chinyere Grevious, a 2020 Keston Max fellow (violin), and Elliot Wuu, winner of the 2019 Solo Piano Competition, return to the Music Academy for an intimate recital.
Reserved for Premier Council members, $3,500+
Council-Exclusive Recital: Tue, Mar 31, 2020
Get an up-close and personal listen of an exciting new studio project by faculty favorites Richie Hawley (clarinet) and Conor Hanick (piano) who will return to the Academy to perform selections from their soon-to-be-released recording.
Benefit reserved for Council of Contributors members, $2,500+
Recent Donor Exclusive Events
2019 OPENING NIGHT GALA
June 14, 2019
Honoring Jerry Lowenthal’s 50th anniversary at the Music Academy, including a concert curated by Jerry himself and featuring alumni pianists Micah McLaurin, Elizabeth Rowe, Evan Shinners, Orion Weiss, and guest artist Ursula Oppens. Guests were then treated to a festive dinner, a special presentation to Jerry, and a touching encore performance.
ENCORE SOCIETY SUPPER
July 19, 2019
Members of the Academy’s Encore Society enjoyed an al fresco supper in the Frances Holden Encore Society Garden followed by a duet from fellows Connor Rowe (trombone) and Anya Garipoli (harp). Generously supported by corporate sponsor Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf.
THE MUSIC ACADEMY AT THE RED PIANO
November 15, 2018
Classical met rock n’ roll for a one-of-a-kind fundraiser. Guests enjoyed live piano music by The Red Piano’s in-house performer and a pop-up performance by alumnus, Jacopo Giacopuzzi ( ’13). Drinks were served up by a stellar cast of Academy celebrity bartenders. Proceeds support the Music Academy and its Community Access Fund.
COUNCIL RECITAL: "SOIRÉE POUR CAMILLE"
February 10, 2018
Camille Saint-Saëns’ recently discovered Sonata No. 3 for cello and piano was premiered by 2013-14 cello alumna Juliette Herlin and 2014 piano alumnus Kevin Ahfat. The French-themed evening included works by Poulenc, Debussy, and Fauré.
HIND HALL GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING
July 14, 2017
Valued investors in the Music Academy’s Renaissance Campaign experienced a milestone moment which marked the completion of the Academy’s long-term campus renovation masterplan. The world premiere of a brass fanfare performed by Academy fellows, written by guest artist Matthew Aucoin, opened the festivities.