Ana has made many significant contributions to the Music Academy over the past six years both in programs and community relationships. Recognizing her leadership to the organization and her commitment to our mission is an honor well-deserved. We are fortunate to have such a dynamic professional heading our Marketing and Communications department and serving as a strategic partner on our senior management team.
Music Academy President and CEO Scott Reed
Itu2019s an honor to be a part of the Music Academy family. Iu2019m proud of what we accomplish together on behalf of classically-trained musicians and audiences. I sincerely thank all my colleagues on the administration for their teamwork and support and the Board for their investment and vision. Iu2019m especially grateful to the faculty, fellows, and all the people in the Sing! Program for the joy and humanity they bring us through their training and performances.
It has been a joy to work with Ana as a board member and now as the Marketing Committee chair. I have been so impressed and inspired by her work in elevating the Music Academyu2019s mission, extending its profile and reach, and super-charging its commitment to community access. I look forward to seeing even more of her incredible vision come to life in her new position.
Music Academy Board member and Lincoln Center Chief of Staff and Innovation Clive Chang
Ana's expert marketing leadership and steadfast support have impacted the Music Academy in countless ways. Whether offering guidance on public speaking or praising their on-stage successes on social media, Ana has always championed our fellows and alumni. With her extraordinary outreach efforts and audience development, the Academy's brand and recognition will continue to flourish.
Music Academy Vocal Institute Music Director John Churchwell
I always said that Ana could run General Motors, and now she is one of the great movers at the Music Academy.
Music Academy Honorary Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne
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About Music Academy of the WestFounded in 1947, Music Academy of the West offers year-round programming for the local community and talented musicians from around the world. Each year, 140 fellows ages 18-34 are selected by merit-based audition from more than 2,000 applicants worldwide to participate in an eight-week Summer School and Festival to prepare them for 21st-century careers. At the Summer Festival, they receive opportunities for advanced study and frequent orchestral, chamber, recital and masterclass performances under the guidance of more than 70 internationally renowned faculty and guest artists. Each fellow receives a full scholarship for tuition, room and board. In 2018, the Music Academy began a partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) that brings LSO musicians to Santa Barbara, to teach and perform, and sends twelve Keston MAX Fellows to London for ten days of training and performance with the orchestra. Career-launching opportunities for fellows and alumni are offered through the Academy’s Innovation Institute. Summer Innovation Seminars bring together industry leaders and cutting-edge artists to engage fellows and audiences in discussion about the present and future state of classical music, while the annual Fast Pitch Awards give fellows a platform to present their entrepreneurial ideas. The Academy’s Alumni Enterprise Awards have provided more than $220,000 in grants for forward-thinking projects in artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice and technology; recipients of the awards are also invited to attend a five-day Innovation Residential. Academy alumni create careers in music and beyond and are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and academic faculties throughout the world. Music Academy of the West also provides music education locally through Sing!, a free, after-school choral initiative for seven-to-twelve-year-olds from 28 schools in Santa Barbara County. The Academy presents more than 150 public events annually in four campus venues and in sites across Santa Barbara and online. For more information, visit musicacademy.org.
photos by Phil Channing Released: November 12, 2020 Kate Oberjat Director of Marketing and Communications Music Academy of the West email@example.com