About Us

72 Years of Great Classical Music

Since 1947, the Music Academy of the West has been making a unique and enduring contribution to the world of music by

  • Advancing the development of the next generation of great classically trained musicians

  • Cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences

The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classically-trained musicians. At its ocean-side, ten-acre campus in Santa Barbara, California, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists during its eight-week Summer School and Festival, presenting more than 200 public events on campus and in downtown Santa Barbara.


2019 Fellows

2019 Fellows

Our 140 Fellows will be announced this coming spring, joining us from across the globe and representing the top music conservatories for the 2019 Summer School & Festival.


National Advisory Council

National Advisory Council