2023 Fellow Applications Open this Fall
Requirements & Deadlines
- Vocal Institute: November 1, 2022
- Instrumental, Solo Piano, Collaborative Piano: January 2023
The Music Academy requires all administration, faculty, fellows, and other constituents on campus to provide proof of COVID vaccination.
Application fee assistance is available to those with financial hardship. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minimum age is 18
- Maximum age is 34 (27 for string players)
- Lehrer Vocal Institute Pre-Screening Round followed by an Invitation-only Live + Virtual Final Round*. Applicants notified by mid-November if they have advanced to the Final Round.
*Those advanced to Final Round may choose between a live or virtual audition.
- Instrumental Programs: TBA
- Solo Piano Programs: Video Upload auditions (no live auditions)
- Collaborative Piano Program: TBA
All alumni are welcome to re-apply. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of three summers for all studios. Participation in the 2020 online Festival (MARLI) does not count as one of the summers.
2023 Festival: June 12 – August 5
Fellow Arrival: June 10
*select string quartet seminar and vocal piano fellows will be asked to arrive 1 week early
Fellow Departure: Aug 6
A $200 Enrollment Security Deposit is due upon acceptance of a Fellowship invitation. After completion of the summer program the $200 Security Deposit will be refunded minus deductions in the event of loss or damage to any Academy property.
Out of fairness to all enrolled fellows, the Enrollment Security Deposit cannot be waived.
Frequently Asked Questions
All enrolled musicians attend the Summer School and Festival on full-scholarship, including free tuition, accommodations, and meals.
There is no minimum education level required. However, please note most applicants are currently in the process of their undergraduate or graduate degrees in music.
Letters of recommendation are not required.
International students are welcome to apply. All instruction and communication at the Music Academy is offered in English. A basic understanding of written and spoken English is expected of program participants.
International students do not need any special documentation to accompany the application. If enrolled, international students must have an United States F-1 student visa and Form I-20 (certificate of non-immigrant student status) or OPT (optional practical training) status covering the summer festival dates. Canadians are visa exempt but still must have Form I-20. US permanent residents must simply provide a copy of the permanent resident card if enrolled. Music Academy staff will help guide international students through the visa process and can issue Form I-20 to those not already enrolled in a US program, but all visa documents and fees are the student’s responsibility. If an international student is graduating from a US school prior to the Music Academy program, the student’s I-20 may be transferred to the Music Academy.
Late application submissions will depend upon the program and/or audition availability. If interested in submitting a late application, please contact the Admissions Office prior to completing the application.
Applicants may apply to more than one program (Vocal, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano, Instrumental, Solo Piano). An application and application fee is required for each individual program. Should you be accepted into two programs, you would need to select one in which to enroll.
- Signed Enrollment Agreement
- $200 refundable Enrollment Security Deposit
- Enrollment Form (to collect important information including your emergency contacts, professional biography, headshot, etc.)
- Voice and vocal piano admissions results will be finalized in early December
- Instrumental, collaborative piano, and solo piano admissions results will be finalized in February
"I’m so thankful to have been given the opportunity to perform with living legends and to have taken lessons from teachers I greatly admire. The atmosphere of Santa Barbara, the enthusiastic and open audience, the performance opportunities, the professional opportunities such as the Keston MAX audition… all of these things have propelled me to being one step closer to being a finer musician."
"This was the best, most artistically fulfilling summer of my life!"
"It was an amazing summer. The generosity and support the Music Academy has for each and every fellow is something no other institution can come close to."