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Ways to Volunteer


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Ways to Volunteer


 

Music Academy volunteers truly make the Music Academy Summer School & Festival possible.

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!

Do not miss this great opportunity to be with talented, enthusiastic, funny, loving young people.  The best 8 weeks you can imagine.  I wouldn’t think of being away from Santa Barbara during the Music Academy season.
— Volunteer
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The Compeer Program


The Compeer Program


The Compeer Program has created enduring friendships, deepened the community’s appreciation for music, and fostered moral support support for Academy Fellows.

 

FELLOW TESTIMONIALS

I was humbled by the interest and support from the community of Santa Barbara in the Music Academy of the West program and fellows. The Compeer Program was the icing on the cake because it allowed the fellows to connect individually with some patrons, allowing us to always have a friendly face in the audience cheering us on.”


”I appreciated getting to share life with someone who was so genuinely interested in helping young people succeed. The Compeer Program is one of the Music Academy’s strongest points; it’s great success illuminates the deficiency that most other festivals have in connecting young artists to their audience. Not only is this a valuable life relationship, it’s also a critical skill in audience development and social interaction.
— 2017 Fellows
First things first: Being a Compeer was an extraordinary and powerfully wonderful experience. I loved it all.
— Compeer

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!

Learn about the Music Academy of the West's Unique Compeer Program

Being a Compeer made the music so much more meaningful to me! Thank you for this wonderful, enriching opportunity!
— 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.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Academy fellows are matched by mutual interests with a patron ("Compeer")
  • The Festival season begins with a celebratory Compeer Kickoff event at which fellows and Compeers are introduced
  • Compeers support and encourage fellows by attending performances, particularly the weekly masterclasses, and greet and/or congratulate fellows at their performances.
  • Compeers and fellows enjoy socializing about once per week during the Festival outside of Academy events, making connections and building genuine friendships
  • Two Compeer households have the option of "Co-Compeering" (sharing two or more fellows)
I feel as though I have a much better interpretation of the powerful work the Academy is doing in Santa Barbara and around the world.
— Compeer

The Compeer Program is a benefit of membership of the Council of Contributors; members receive priority in the Compeer/fellow matching process. Women’s Auxiliary and additional patrons are invited to participate.


Do not miss this great opportunity to be with talented, enthusiastic, funny, loving young people.  The best 8 weeks you can imagine.  I wouldn’t think of being away from Santa Barbara during the Music Academy season.
— Compeer

Contact the Dean to become a Compeer.


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Women’s Auxiliary


Women’s Auxiliary


The Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy is one of the largest and most successful supporting volunteer organizations in Santa Barbara.

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 Women's Auxiliary actively supports the Music Academy in numerous ways.

  • The Auxiliary spearheads a series of pop up furniture sales, which also include art, lamps, rugs and linens. 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.

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Ushers


Ushers


The Music Academy needs ushers, ticket takers, and general volunteers for its annual Summer School & Festival which features over 200 events from June 18-August 11. 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.