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75 Years of Great Classical Music

Since 1947, the Music Academy of the West has been making a unique and enduring contribution to the world of music

The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classically-trained musicians. At its ocean-side, ten-acre campus in Santa Barbara, California, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists during its Summer School and Festival, presenting nearly 200 public events on campus and in downtown Santa Barbara. The 2022 Summer School & Festival takes place June 13 through August 6.

Meet Our Staff, Fellows, and Guests

Faculty & Guest Artists

View our roster of world-class teaching artists in all programs of study.

Innovation Artists & Speakers

Meet our groundbreaking artists and industries leaders guiding our fellows in seminars and other learning opportunities.

2021 Fellows

Learn about our latest roster of Music Academy fellows, representing the top music conservatories from across the globe for the 2021 Summer School & Festival.


Board of Directors

National Advisory Council

Interested in Employment Opportunities?

We have may have positions for both staff or exciting opportunities for our fellows and alumni.
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