Music Academy of the West

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The Music Academy of the West is a music conservatory located in Montecito, California near Santa Barbara, California. Every year, it hosts an eight-week summer music festival for the community highlighted by concerts and workshops directed by famous composers, conductors, and artists. Its vocal program has been directed by Marilyn Horne since 1997.[1]

The festival hosts 140 pre-professional musicians annually, all of whom receive merit-based full scholarships.[2] Programs of study include Vocal Piano, Voice, Collaborative Piano, Solo Piano, and Instrumental.[3]

In 2014, the Music Academy of the West began an educational partnership with the New York Philharmonic. Under the collaboration, Music Director Alan Gilbert and orchestra members maintain residencies in Santa Barbara during parts of the festival and selected Music Academy fellows train with orchestra members in Santa Barbara and New York City.[4]

The Music Academy of the West was founded in 1947 by Southern California arts patrons and musicians, including soprano Lotte Lehmann and conductor Otto Klemperer.[5] Notable faculty and guests have included Thomas AdèsJeanne Baxtresser, Jonathan BissCarol BurnettJeremy DenkGlenn Dicteroweighth blackbirdDaniel HopeMarilyn HorneJulie Landsman, the Takács Quartet, and Deborah Voigt. Notable alumni include Burt BacharachJuan Diego FlórezPamela FrankThomas HampsonMarilyn HorneIsabel LeonardCynthia Phelps, Susanna PhillipsDavid Shifrin, and Donald Weilerstein.

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