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Music Academy of the West
Phone: (805) 695-7918
Director of Individual Giving and Donor Relations: Janey Campbell


Since 1947, the Music Academy of the West has been making a unique and enduring contribution to the world of music by: advancing the development of the next generation of great classically trained musicians; and cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences.

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

A Home for Santa Barbara’s Music Lovers

We are always looking to deliver on our mission at the highest level. From the Sing! Program (pictured below) for young people in Santa Barbara to our national and international orchestra partnerships, the Music Academy’s dedication to programs providing music education draws talent here from around the world and around the corner. We are also inspired to welcome and grow the audiences of the future. I love the Community Concerts that bring thousands of music lovers together every summer!
– Eileen Sheridan, Music Academy Board Chair

Supporting the Academy

An investment in the Music Academy of the West directly supports vital community-focused programs.
These include:
• the full-scholarship Summer School & Festival presenting more than 150 concerts and masterclasses,
• the Community Access Ticket initiative providing $10 adult tickets and free admission for young people ages 7-17 for all events,
• and underwriting for the free Sing! after-school choir program enabling children from 27 schools to explore music, express themselves, gain confidence, and collaborate.
The Academy relies heavily on philanthropic contributions from our local community to serve its mission. Please visit today to make your gift.

Board of Directors

Eileen Sheridan, chair
Philip L. Bernstein, vice chair
Jerrold Eberhardt, secretary
Ellen Barger
Dean Eric Carter
Margaret Cafarelli
Clive Chang
Ted Cronin
Meg Di Napoli
Dianne Duva
Paul Guido
Thomas Orlando
Stephanie Shuman
Maurice Singer
Warren Staley
Pamela Strobel
Tim Taylor
Patricia Toppel
Terry Valeski
Peter Ziegler