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Welcoming the community to embrace our mission

Volunteer and Join Our Community

There are many ways to volunteer at the Music Academy. Pitch in as an usher at Music Academy events, join our Compeer Program to support individual fellows along their journey, or become a member of our Auxiliary to support our full-scholarship program. We invite you to discover which volunteer opportunity inspires you!


Become a member of one of the largest and most successful supporting volunteer organizations in Santa Barbara, which generates net proceeds of $100,000 annually to help support the full-scholarship program at the Academy; enabling 140 outstanding fellows from around the world to study in Santa Barbara each summer.

Compeer Program

This remarkable program has created enduring friendships, deepened the community’s appreciation for music, and fostered moral support support for Academy Fellows.  Unique to the Music Academy, it is an integral part of the Festival experience for all involved and has transformed the Academy’s community for over 25 years.


The Music Academy needs ushers, ticket takers, and general volunteers for its annual Summer School & Festival which features nearly 120 events from mid-June to mid-August, as well as special events throughout the year. In return, enjoy many hours of glorious music! To get started, contact:   Director of Guest Services Mary Tweit