Women's Auxiliary

One of the largest and most successful supporting volunteer organizations in Santa Barbara.

The Women’s Auxiliary is the core volunteer group supporting the Music Academy of the West, founded in 1954. Membership includes more than 100 women from Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, Goleta, and Los Olivos.

The Auxiliary’s mission is to support the Music Academy through fundraising and educational activities and to help promote knowledge and appreciation of the Academy in the community at large.

Join today! New members are welcome for 2021

We invite you to engage with this vibrant group of more than 100 women who support the Academy’s mission and enjoy social events.

  • Engage, network, and build friendships at monthly meetings with up close and personal live music performances from alumni, faculty, and guest artists
  • Get involved with creative philanthropic projects such as private concerts, fundraising parties, online auctions, and more
  • Co-lead or join committees that plan new programs and projects
  • Join a fun, social network – annual luncheon, social events, summer picnic with Academy fellows, and festive holiday party
  • Tour the beautiful Music Academy Miraflores campus and learn about its history

Auxiliary members receive preferred opportunities to:

  • Usher for world-class performances
  • Meet, learn from, and build friendships with Summer Festival fellows who come to Santa Barbara on full scholarship from more than 20 US states and 20 countries through the Academy’s unique Compeer Program
  • Serve as Welcome Ambassadors for Summer Festival fellows
  • Assist with the Sing! choral program in local schools

Annual membership: $250 ($25 for member dues, $225 charitable contribution to support Music Academy programs including Auxiliary fellow scholarships, Sing! choral program in local elementary schools, and Community Access tickets)

If you are interested in joining the Women’s Auxiliary, please contact:  Auxiliary Chair Meg DiNapoli




Auxiliary members volunteer to usher for events at the Summer School & Festival and year-round at the Academy’s Met: Live in HD screenings.

Docent Tours

Docent Tours

Auxiliary Members receive complimentary guided private tours of the beautiful Miraflores campus. They have the opportunity to volunteer to become trained to communicate about Academy history, programs, and facilities through guided private and public tours as docents.