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Festival Life

Powerful musical instruction combines with frequent social events, community outreach, dynamic Innovation Institute, and wellness program in our Summer School & Festival and beyond.

Throughout the summer, fellows are immersed in rich opportunities to expand repertoire and refine performance style under the personalized guidance of globally-renowned musicians.

Outside the studio, fellows get to soak in all the beauty and recreational fun that Santa Barbara has to offer while getting to know local community members. Engaging wellness programs and career seminars focused on innovation are also in place to help prepare for a balanced, fulfilling professional life.

I've rarely been treated with such a sense of dignity and respect before, and from the start of Music Academy it inspired me to be my very best.

Wellness Program

We define “wellness” as a way of life that balances mental, physical, and social well-being – producing healthy musicians who thrive personally and professionally. Resources include free counseling, Alexander Technique, fitness clubs, and performance medicine.

Compeer Program

At the Music Academy performers and audiences build friendships all summer! Be matched with a family or individual to enjoy occasional free time with in Santa Barbara. Have a familiar face in the audience and fun off-campus events to look forward to. These community members “Compeers” host social gatherings, local excursions, and attend many performances.

Daily Schedule

A typical day includes rehearsals, meals, practice time, lessons, masterclasses, coachings, and concerts, with downtime to enjoy social events or recharge on the beach.

Campus & Housing

The Music Academy and Westmont College campuses are stunning locations for rehearsals, dining, performances, and leisure time.

Innovation Institute

Inspiring mentorship, practical training, and funding opportunities, incliding career seminars and entrepreneurial competitions

I learned what it takes to build a successful music career. What I learned at the Music Academy will stay with me throughout my entire career, and I am eternally grateful.

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