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2023 Summer Festival: June 12 – August 5

Apply to Attend the Music Academy on Full Scholarship

The ultimate summer training center & incubator for today’s artist.

140 classically-trained fellows from around the world, ages 18-34, study and perform for eight weeks with 50+ teaching artists in the spectacular coastal setting of Santa Barbara, California.

Life-Changing... Well-Rounded... Growth... Surreal... Community... Exploration... MAW-Some!

Fellows asked to describe the Music Academy experience in 1 word

What Can I Expect?

The annual Summer School and Festival hosts 150 public events, attended by nearly 40,000 audience members. Inspiring daily training opportunities and numerous performances, plus off-stage mentorship, wellness program, and outreach programs offer you the most holistic and well-rounded summer possible. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be immersed in training and performance with the best of the best in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

FREE Tuition, Housing & Meals

That's right! The Music Academy provides all fellows with a full-scholarship.

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.

2023 Fellow Applications Open this Fall

To learn about applying for the 2023 Season, opt in HERE.

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Lehrer Vocal Institute

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Solo Piano

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Collaborative Piano

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:

Train and Perform with the Best In the World.

Enjoy our beautiful campus located in Santa Barbara California. 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."

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