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Advance your career as a 21st century musician and artist of impact.

Apply to Attend the Music Academy on Full Scholarship:

The ultimate training center and incubator for today’s artist.

Based in Santa Barbara, California, classically-trained fellows ages 18-34 study and perform with more than 50 teaching artists in a spectacular coastal setting

"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."

2021 fellow

2021 fellow

What Can I Expect?

Full Scholarship Program

That's right! The Music Academy fellowship includes tuition, accommodations, and meals.

Core Curriculum

Participate in weekly private lessons, masterclasses & studio classes, and multiple orchestra, chamber music, solo, and ensemble performances. Plus, opera productions, world premiere commissions & more to hone your artistry.


World-Class Teaching Artists

Once in a lifetime opportunity to train with our best in class roster of faculty and guest artists, on and off-stage.



Compete in Duo, Solo Piano, Instrumental, and Art Song categories to win cash prizes, recitals, and more.


Innovation Institute

Participate in career-advancing, eye-opening seminars, workshops, and competitions including funding opportunities for your dream project.


Community Connection

Get to know Academy concert-goers at social events and concerts, bringing extra meaning to each performance.

Fellow Applications 2022 (closed)

Applications for 2022 have closed. To learn about applying for the 2023 Season, opt in HERE.

Application season 2022 has now closed


Application season 2022 has now closed

Solo Piano

Application season 2022 has now closed

Collaborative Piano

Application season 2022 has now closed

Vocal Institute

The Fellow's Journey

Want to know what you can expect in your time as a fellow here at the Music Academy. We will summarize the main pillars of your experience here below:

Join Us

Train and Perform with the Best In the World.

Find yourself accompanied by the most talented performers in America, coached by the literal best in the world.

Enjoy our beautiful campus located in Santa Barbara CA. We have a host of venues to perform in along with beautiful weather year round.

Join thousands of our Music Academy Alums and build lifelong friendships. Connections made here often lead to amazing opportunities!

The Innovation Institute is built to help our fellows follow their dreams of entrepreneurship. You are sure to leave the Academy a performer miles ahead of where you began with a plan to change the future both for yourself and the world of Classical Music.

"There is no place on earth like the Music Academy. Every experience was an opportunity to learn, and it was a blessing to have the experience in such a beautiful part of the country. I think I will look back on my time here for years to come and realize how impactful it has been on me as an artist and musician."

2021 fellow

2021 fellow

Administration, faculty, fellows, and other constituents on campus are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination.
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