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2023 SUMMER SCHOOL & FESTIVAL       JUNE 12 - AUGUST 5, 2023


  • Instrumental (95 fellows)  APPLY NOW
  • Solo Piano (6 fellows)  APPLY NOW
  • Collaborative Piano (9 fellows)  APPLY NOW
  • Lehrer Vocal Institute - Application Season Closed
    • Voice (20 fellows + 9 studio artists) 
    • Vocal Piano (5 fellows + 1 studio artist) 
    • Directing Fellow (1 fellow) 

To learn more about applying to the 2023 Summer Festival GET ON THE LIST !


Ready for a life-changing summer?

The Music Academy is among the world's top summer programs for extraordinary classically-trained musicians ages 18-34, preparing them for a 21st century career and developing artists of impact. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides the opportunity for world-class training, individualized instruction, collaborative music making, and frequent performances under the guidance of more than 50 internationally renowned teaching artists and guest conductors. Enrolled fellows enjoy dynamic opportunities to support both the on and off-stage experience, developing tools they need to become not just great musicians, but great leaders, realizing their potential for far-reaching impact. All just steps from the beach.

In addition, fellows have the chance to compete for cash prizes and a recital the following year, and enjoy personal growth through dynamic wellness and outreach programs. Through the Academy's Innovation Institute, fellows participate in entrepreneurship and career development seminars, plus a Shark Tank style competition with cash awards for creative ideas that impact the classical music industry and beyond.

140 musicians are selected from a worldwide applicant pool to enroll as fellows in our eight-week Summer School & Festival.

NEW: up to ten Lehrer Vocal Institute Studio Artists (up to nine singers and one vocal pianist) are invited for a three-week intensive opera chorus residency Weeks 3-5 (June 25-July 17). Studio artists participate in the opera chorus, a curated public performance just for studio artists, lessons, weekly coachings and studio classes. Studio artists are selected during the Vocal Institute audition process.

All enrolled fellows attend on full-scholarship: FREE tuition, accommodations, and meals.


  • Weekly private lessons
  • Weekly public masterclasses and/or studio classes
  • Orchestra
  • Chamber Music
  • Solo Recitals
  • String Quartet Seminar led by the Takacs Quartet
  • String Leadership Program led by Glenn Dicterow
  • Fully-staged opera: 2023 production of La bohème
  • Lehrer Vocal Institute semi-staged Creative Project plus Latin Song production
  • Performance Competitions including $5,000 cash prize and recital for winners:
    • Marilyn Horne Song Competition for Voice and Vocal Piano Fellows
    • Duo Competition for Instrumental and Collaborative Piano Fellows 
    • Solo Piano Competition
  • Major Orchestra Partnership "Keston MAX Awards" including annual competition awarding a week-long residency with the partnering orchestra
  • Wellness Program including health, counseling, and performance medicine resources
  • Community engagement - Music Academy fellows and audiences socialize throughout the summer via the "Compeer Program"
  • Innovation Institute
    • Entrepreneurship and career development seminars with industry leaders
    • "Fast Pitch" Competition (shark tank style) including cash prizes for new ideas that propel classical music boldly forward
    • Alumni Enterprise Awards - a significant grant program for trailblazing endeavors, up to $20,000 per grant
The Music Academy Summer Festival is a highlight of the Southern California arts community, presenting 150 public events over eight weeks, and attended by nearly 40,000 audience members. The Music Academy proudly welcomes everyone from across all cultures and backgrounds to experience the transformative power of music.

APPLICATION DEADLINES: all deadlines at 11:59 PM Pacific
  • Lehrer Vocal Institute: November 1, 2022 (APPLICATION SEASON CLOSED)
  • Collaborative Piano Program: January 5, 2023
  • Instrumental Program: February 1, 2023
  • Solo Piano Program: February 1, 2023 


  • Lehrer Vocal Institute: Pre-screening Recording Round followed by Invitation-Only Live + Virtual Final Round 
  • Solo Piano: Video Upload auditions
  • Instrumental: Video Upload auditions
  • Collaborative Piano: Live and Virtual auditions 

Select your program/studio in the application menu to the left to view audition repertoire and begin your application.

Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)
Application fee assistance available for those with financial hardship. Contact

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