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About Us

Great Classical Music Since 1947

Our Mission: To make a unique and enduring contribution to the world of music by:

  • advancing the development of the next generation of great classically trained musicians.
  • cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences.

Located in Santa Barbara, the Music Academy creates a space where exceptional talent can thrive by encouraging artists to stretch, experiment, improvise, and play. The Music Academy provides artists with the tools they need to become not just great musicians but great leaders. The Music Academy’s programs are: the annual eight-week Summer School & Festival which trains up to 140 fellows ages 18-34 and presents more than 120 performances and events, competitions, and a fully staged opera; Sing!, a children’s choir free of charge for all participants that performs with local, national, and international partners; the MAX (Music Academy Exchange) partnership with international orchestras; the Innovation Institute’s Alumni Enterprise Awards; and the Mariposa Series of concerts by Academy-affiliated artists. 

The 2024 Summer School & Festival takes place June 8 through August 4.

Meet Our Administration and Artists

Academy Artists

View our roster of world-class teaching artists and guest performing artists joining the Music Academy in Santa Barbara for the 2024 Summer School & Festival.

2023 Fellows

Learn about our latest roster of young musicians, representing the top music conservatories across the globe. 2024 Summer Festival fellows to be announced soon!


Board of Directors

National Advisory Council

Interested in Employment Opportunities?

We have may have positions on our team and exciting opportunities for our fellows and alums.