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Music Academy of the West 2024: Deadline October 15!


Music Academy Summer Festival: June 8-August 4, 2024
Full-scholarship program in Santa Barbara, CA

Singers, vocal pianists, and stage directors…ready for a life-changing summer?

Be immersed in inspiring training and numerous performances with the best of the best in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The Music Academy’s Lehrer Vocal Institute is the leading source to develop artists of impact and prepare them for a 21st century career in opera, art song, chamber music, and more. Opportunities include…

  • Fully-staged production of Carmen, conducted by Daniela Candillari and directed by Ken Cazan
  • Song Project curated and led by Lawrence Brownlee
  • Semi-staged Creative Project with director Mary Birnbaum
  • Public Masterclasses
  • Private Lessons with our world-class teaching roster
  • Chamber Music
  • Contemporary Music
  • Opera Scenes
  • Marilyn Horne Song Competition awarding $5,000 cash prize and recital with a world premiere commissioned for the winning singer and pianist
  • Diction Coaching
  • Movement class
  • Directing fellowship
  • Industry Day – be heard by and receive feedback from prominent artist managers and casting directors
  • Plus career seminars, Innovation Institute, wellness program, and community engagement

All just steps from the beach!

Teaching Artist Roster

27 vocal institute fellows & 9 studio artists enrolled per summer

Application Deadline: October 15

Click here for a special video by one of our alumni sharing how the Lehrer Vocal Institute uniquely prepares you as a 21st century musician


“I am so grateful to have attended Music Academy this summer. I cannot think of a better place to learn, grow, create, and excel as young artists. The generosity and kindness from the faculty and staff is unmatched. I cannot say enough amazing things about Music Academy and cannot recommend it enough to young artists.” – 2023 fellow

“The opportunities that I had this summer were unlike any of the opportunities I’ve had at other festivals. Being in that environment really pushed me beyond what I deemed was within my capacity, and in return helped me to absorb and grow in several areas of my being –– both musically, and as a person overall. I feel strengthened by my time at Music Academy, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.” – 2023 fellow

There were so many different enriching musical opportunities/outlets, everything was very well organized, and it was overall the most fun summer of my life!” – 2023 fellow

“Music Academy was one of the most enriching summers of my life and gave me opportunities beyond my expectations.” – 2023 fellow

“I love the atmosphere of the Music Academy. I have never attended any program that was so positive and encouraging, both from the faculty, the audiences and fellows.” – 2023 fellow

“I learned so much more than I could’ve ever imagined, the teaching artists were phenomenal and helped me grow in so many ways. Every performance opportunity was amazing, everyone was so kind, every single thing was incredible and I loved every moment.” – 2023 fellow

“Music Academy was phenomenal! The greatest summer I ever had and I would happily come back for more.” – 2023 fellow

“I felt like I was always treated with kindness and respect by everyone I encountered.”
– 2023 fellow

“Music Academy is a gorgeous location, with top organizational skills and of course the talent flowing through this festival  Is unbelievable. Thank you for everything!” – 2023 fellow

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