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2022 Festival Overview

Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 pm, SANTA BARBARA BOWL
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
Arturo MÁRQUEZ: Danzon No. 2
Sergei PROKOFIEV: Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 pm, GRANADA THEATRE
Hannu Lintu, conductor

Jean SIBELIUS: The Oceanides
Gustav MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan”

Monday, July 11 at 7:30 pm, HAHN HALL
Chamber Orchestra
Teddy Abrams, conductor

Teddy ABRAMS: Sixth Floor
Darius MILHAUD: La Création du Monde
Caroline SHAW: Entr’acte
Sergei PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, “Classical”

Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 7:30pm, GRANADA THEATRE
Stéphane Denève, conductor

Guillaume CONNESSON: Maslenitsa
Sergei RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44
Maurice RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2

Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 7:30pm, GRANADA THEATRE
Speranza Scappucci, conductor

Gioachino ROSSINI: William Tell Overture
Orchestral interludes with Lehrer Vocal Institute fellows
Ottorino RESPIGHI: The Pines of Rome

Note: All programming and artists are subject to change.


The Music Academy is committed to providing a rich, chamber music experience for every fellow with a curriculum that includes 4 tracks:

String Quartet Seminar

Led by the Takács Quartet, the String Quartet Seminar offers twelve string fellows, comprising three string quartets, an intensive three-week training course focused on string quartet and chamber music collaboration. Beginning the week prior to the Festival and continuing through Week 2, SQS fellows receive daily coaching by members of the Takács Quartet, participate in a string quartet masterclass, and observe a Takács Quartet open rehearsal. The programs concluding recital features performances by all three quartets. The estimated rehearsal commitment for this opportunity is 16 hours the week prior to the Festival, and eight hours per week during Weeks 1 & 2.

X2: Faculty & Fellow Collaboration

The X2 series at the historic Lobero Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara features chamber music performed by faculty and fellows sitting side-by-side. Faculty artists coach each ensemble from within the group and provide participating fellows a professional-level chamber music experience. The estimated rehearsal commitment for this opportunity is four-six hours per week for two weeks plus a dress rehearsal.

Fellow Chamber Music Program

This intensive chamber series is designed for fellows interested in a deep chamber experience. Fellows will be assigned groups and repertoire based on prior chamber music experience and repertoire interests. Each group will receive weekly coachings from a range of faculty members, participate in a chamber music masterclass, and perform a complete work on the Chamber Music Recital Series “Chamber Nights.” The estimated rehearsal commitment for this opportunity is minimum four-six hours per week for each week leading up to the performance

Picnic Concert Projects

Fellow-initiated projects are welcomed throughout the Festival and presented on the Academy’s Picnic Concert Series. Ranging from solo repertoire and duos, to large ensemble and interstudio collaborations, these programs highlight fellows’ “behind the scenes” work in lessons, studio classes, and everything in between. Programs are curated in collaboration with Academy fellows and require faculty approval. The series is affectionally titled “Picnic Concerts” in honor of the community’s tradition of enjoying picnic dinners in the Academy campus gardens prior to the concert.


As part of the Academy’s core curriculum, fellows receive private lessons and attend their studio’s masterclasses. Winds/brass/percussion fellows perform in most of their masterclasses. String/piano/vocal fellows’ masterclass performances rotate according to faculty assignments. The harpist performs in all the harp studio masterclasses.


Academy Festival Orchestra 

Instrumental fellows will be assigned to perform on Academy Festival Orchestra programs led by renowned guest conductors Larry Rachleff, Hannu Lintu, Teddy Abrams, Stéphane Denève, and Speranza Scappucci. Faculty artists in each studio determine seating, which rotates throughout the summer.


The Lehrer Vocal Institute prepares pianists and singers for a 21st century career through training and mentorship by expert teaching artists. Fellows enjoy numerous training and performance opportunities including masterclasses and private lessons.  Lehrer Vocal Institute fellows will be featured in three special productions this summer— Song Reimagined with Tom Cipullo, Eugene Onegin conducted by Daniela Candillari, and Hahn Hall 1922-2022: An Original Cabaret conceived and directed by James Darrah. The productions are prepped extensively by the Academy’s music and acting staff.  All Lehrer Vocal Institute fellows have the opportunity to participate in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition.

Practice Rooms

  • Practice rooms are available at the Music Academy campus from 9 am until 9:45 pm for the duration of the festival. Some ensemble rooms may also be available for additional rehearsals. Bookings are made through an online platform. More details coming soon. You may not “hold” a room by leaving your belongings inside.
  • Practicing is permitted in the residence halls 7 am – 10 pm daily.
  • The Residential Campus Music Building provides additional practice areas from 7 am through Midnight every day.
  • Lehrer Vocal Institute fellows are assigned practice rooms at the Residential Campus.

Practice Room Etiquette

Out of consideration for others and to protect and preserve campus pianos, please:

  • Do not leave instruments or other personal items unattended.
  • Do not eat or drink in practice rooms.
  • Do not put anything on or in a piano.
  • Do not remove piano benches and music stands from their assigned spaces.
  • Close the room door when you practice.
  • Contact Jonathan Lee Chan, Manager of Production and Technology, at if you need equipment moved.
  • When not using the piano please leave it covered.
  • Do not open any windows.
  • When leaving, close piano, replace the piano cover, close any curtains or blinds, and turn off the lights.


Out of respect for your colleagues and the Academy administration, please adhere to the following:

  • No crossing legs during orchestra rehearsals and performances
  • No food or beverages are permitted on stage (excluding water bottles), beyond health exceptions
  • Tardiness is not permitted for any Academy commitment
  • Parts must be prepared in advance
  • No phones on stage – they must be silenced and kept backstage
  • Only discreet instrument cases are permitted on stage
  • Request collaborative pianists for lessons and masterclasses as early as possible.



A collaborative pianist request form must be submitted through the 2022 Fellow Portal at least one week in advance to secure a partner.


The Music Academy is proud to be an “All-Steinway Institution.” All pianos at the Music Academy and Residential campuses receive regular tuning and maintenance by a team of registered piano technicians. Please report any piano in need of maintenance or tuning by using the Piano Maintenance Form on the 2022 Fellow Portal. 


The Music Library is located on the lower level of the Luria Education Center at Music Academy, and contains a reference collection of solo, ensemble, orchestral, operatic, and vocal repertoire. All fellows have access to items in the collection and may borrow items for limited periods during the summer. The library also supplies music for all orchestral and opera performances. All check-in and check-out procedures will be administered by the librarians. Please note:

  • If you check out music for chamber ensembles you will be held responsible for all parts including markings.
  • Music taken off the shelves should be returned to the librarian, please do not re-shelve music yourself.
  • If materials checked out in your name are not returned, you will be responsible for paying the replacement cost and an administrative fee through your security deposit, and additional fines as necessary.
  • Materials must be returned to the library during library hours. All music must be returned in the same condition it was found – please do not mark, highlight, annotate, etc. any Music Academy library materials. Any music that is found in this condition after return will be fined for the full amount of the score/parts in question.
  • You may peruse the library holdings with our online database:

General Attire

  • Non-performance attire is casual.
  • Footwear is always required on campus.
  • Clothes for cooler weather. Santa Barbara experiences cool temperatures in the mornings and evenings, even in the summer. Foggy weather is common in the morning.
  • Clothes for hot weather. Santa Barbara typically gets hot in late July and early August.

Performance Attire

Professional attire is required for all concerts and masterclasses. Please make sure that attire is clean and pressed for performances. Irons and ironing boards are available at the Residential Campus. Due to fire danger, irons should not be left in individual rooms but returned promptly to their storage location.

Orchestra concerts

Attire is all black with the following requirements:
Socks/tights are optional
Skirts/dresses must be at least knee-length
Black dress shoes must be closed toed (no sandals)
Ties must be black with no patterns
Pants must be ankle length or full length (no shorts)

Recitals, public masterclasses, and chamber ensembles

Attire is formal with the following requirements:
Skirts/Dresses must be at least knee-length
Pants must be ankle length or full length (no shorts)
Ties are optional

All Academy instrumental fellows are required to bring their personal instrument with them to the Summer School and Festival or must rent an instrument in advance at their own expense, and also arrange personal instrument insurance. The Music Academy is not responsible to provide or rent instruments on fellows’ behalf, nor cover the costs of such rentals. Should you require instrument repair while at the Academy, the following options are available. Please be aware that all instrument repairs and adjustments are your responsibility and are done at your expense.

 String Instrument Repair

Robert Brewer Young, senior craftsman, is available to string fellows for minor repairs, adjustments, and emergency bow re-hairing. His upcoming schedule is as follows:


Saturday, June 25

Available by appointment only. Contact

Monday, June 27

Drop-in 12-5pm in Weber Lounge

Tuesday, June 28

Drop-in 12-3pm in Weber Lounge  

Robert will return to campus for additional dates during week 6.

For adjustments, repairs, bow re-hairs at other times, please call Linda West Cellos in Santa Barbara at 805-448-9174, or  Services are by appointment only.

Linda West Cellos
123 West Padre St., Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA  93105
Mon-Sun: 9 am-9 pm

Woodwind Repair

RDG Woodwind’s Oboe and Clarinet repair specialist, John Peterson, will be onsite occasionally at the Music Academy campus and available to fellows for minor repairs and adjustments. Dates of Mr. Peterson’s visits will be announced soon. For adjustments or repairs at other times, please call RDG Woodwinds directly. Please note that services are by appointment only and should be made as far in advance as possible.

RDG Woodwinds
589 N. Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 463-4930 

Brass Repair For any brass repair needs, please see Artistic Operations department.

Percussion Repair Contact Percussion Manager Tim Shuster at


The Music Academy does not provide any insurance coverage for fellow instruments and will not be held responsible in the event of damage or theft. Verify you have insurance fully covering your instrument.

Instrument Lockers

  • Instrument lockers are available at the Music Academy campus for all instrumental fellows.
  • Fellows will be assigned a locker designed specifically for their instrument at the beginning of the summer.
  • Please bring a combination lock (no keyed locks) with you for your locker and note that they are for the storage of instruments and music only.
  • Please be sure to mark all your equipment with your name.

Fellows may request tickets in person, phone, or by email to the Ticket Office, and will be notified of their approved requests and emailed electronic tickets in advance. Fellows must present their e-tickets on their mobile device for admission to these events.

Phone: 805-969-8787


Fellows who are not performing may request a single complimentary e-ticket to concerts and performances at off-campus venues. Order your tickets through the Academy Ticket Office.


Fellows are required to attend their studio’s masterclass. You will be notified about e-ticket distribution when you arrive in June.


An e-ticket is required for all Music Academy events. E-tickets for these events are scanned upon admittance from your mobile device, and a record of these scans is maintained. If you are unable to attend one of these events, it is important that you notify the Ticket Office at least 24 hours in advance by phone. At the conclusion of the 2022 Summer Festival, any tickets that were neither scanned nor returned (with the exception of masterclass tickets) will incur a $10 penalty from your security deposit.


If you cannot use a complimentary e-ticket you have obtained for a non-masterclass event, please notify the Ticket Office by phone as soon as possible so another person can attend the event. Electronic tickets will be scanned upon entry from your mobile device. You may not give the e-ticket to another person.


In addition to regular-priced tickets, the Academy is pleased to offer a select number of community access e-tickets of $10 each to all performances. Encourage friends and family members who may be visiting during the Festival to inquire about availability of these tickets. Complete details regarding ticket pricing for all events can be found on the Academy’s website.


Summer Festival performances sell out in advance. Individual tickets will be available in advance of the Festival.


Audio recordings are made of some Hahn Hall, Granada Theatre, and other select performances. Limited recordings are available online to fellows at the discretion of Music Academy administration.

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