Volunteers can choose to pitch in as representatives in The Shops on campus, to usher at Music Academy events and at Met Live in HD screenings, or as valued Compeers to support individual fellows along their journey.
Learn more below!
This innovative and fun program unites Music Academy fellows and audience members (“Compeers”) in rewarding one-on-one friendships. Unique to the Music Academy, this extraordinary program is an integral aspect of the Festival experience for all involved and has transformed the Academy’s community for the past 20 years.
Gain insight into the lives and careers of the next generation of great classically-trained musicians. Bond with bright, focused, and dedicated musicians from around the world, offering them a supportive community and someone to personally perform for. Become a Compeer today!
Contact the Dean to become a Compeer.
Please note: fellows do not live with Compeers. The Music Academy provides fellows with accommodations at Westmont College, local transportation, and meals. Compeers are not responsible to host fellows at their homes or offer financial assistance.
The Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts generate net proceeds exceeding $200,000 annually to help support the full-scholarship program at the Academy. The scholarships enable 140 outstanding fellows from around the world to study in Santa Barbara each summer.
Contact Auxiliary Chair Evie Vesper to join.
The Auxiliary spearheads May Madness, an annual treasure and estate sale that has been a Santa Barbara tradition for 40 years. Sales proceeds benefit the Academy's full-scholarship program.
The Shops at the Music Academy; The Rack, a resale clothing shop, and The Treasure House, a shop for quality antiques and home furnishings, are both supported by Auxiliary members. Proceeds from sales help underwrite Music Academy programs.
Auxiliary members volunteer to usher for masterclasses and events at the Summer School & Festival and year-round at Met: Live in HD screening.
The Music Academy needs ushers, ticket takers, and general volunteers for its annual Summer School & Festival which features over 200 events from June 12-August 5. No experience required! In return for your service you will enjoy many hours of glorious music.
Year-round, ushers are also requested for the Met: Live in HD opera screenings at Hahn Hall.
Contact Rayna to become an usher.