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Festival Life

Powerful musical instruction combines with a rich social life and wellness program in our Summer School & Festival and beyond.

Throughout the summer, fellows are immersed in rich opportunities to expand repertoire and refine performance style under the personalized guidance of globally-renowned musicians.

Outside the studio, fellows get to soak in all the beauty and recreational fun that Santa Barbara has to offer while getting to know local community members. Engaging wellness programs and career seminars focused on innovation are also in place to help prepare for a balanced, fulfilling professional life.

" I've rarely been treated with such a sense of dignity and respect before, and from the start of Music Academy it inspired me to be my very best."

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2020 fellow

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Wellness Program

We define “wellness” as a way of life that balances mental, physical, and social well-being – producing healthy musicians who thrive personally and professionally.

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Compeer Program

Each fellow is matched with a family or individual who shares mutual interests and supports their fellow at Academy events, offering a familiar face in the crowd.

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Daily Schedule

A typical day as a fellow includes rehearsals, meals, practice time, lessons, masterclasses, coachings, and concerts, with downtime to enjoy social events or recharge on the beach.

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Campus & Housing

The Music Academy's Miraflores home and the Westmont College campus are stunning locations for rehearsals, dining, performances, and leisure time.

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Innovation Institute

Receive inspiring mentorship, practical training, and funding opportunities. Participate in career seminars and entrepreneurial competitions such as Fast Pitch and the Digital Challenge.

" I learned what it takes to build a successful music career. What I learned at the Music Academy will stay with me throughout my entire career, and I am eternally grateful."



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