2018 SUMMER FESTIVAL AT THE MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
June 18-August 11
The 71st annual festival includes 200 performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera at the Academy’s Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For tickets and more information, visit musicacademy.org.
ABOUT THE MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted, young, classically trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists’ roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and Honorary Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians.
The Academy has now launched a new partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra, highlighted by the following:
- Musicians from the LSO will participate in each Summer Festival.
- The London Symphony Orchestra will perform in Santa Barbara in 2019 and 2021.
- Academy fellows will travel to London to perform in concerts with the LSO.
- Academy competition winners will perform recitals in London.
- Michael Tilson Thomas will serve as the Signature Festival Conductor of the partnership.
- Sir Simon Rattle will oversee the fellows’ experience in London.
The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually. These include performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2018 Summer School and Festival takes place June 18-August 11 at the Academy’s Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit musicacademy.org.