Aug. 5-17, 2019

Ages 12-18

Daily schedule 10am-4pm*

*subject to change





955 La Paz Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Tel: (805) 565-6842

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-Beautiful campus

-Experienced instructors

-Orchestra performance

-Chamber music


-Ages 12-18

Westmont Academy for Young Artists is a two-week intensive music program intended for talented music students to improve their instrumental technique and musical artistry through lessons, workshops, chamber music experience and orchestra performance. WAYA is founded and offered by Westmont College, a beautiful 111 acre campus located in Montecito, Santa Barbara. Students will be using a number of our campus buildings including the all-Steinway music building. Directed by Han Kim, Westmont College Head of Strings, this will be the 5th summer of WAYA. With artistic excellence in mind, our teaching faculty consist of nationally acclaimed musicians, performers and teachers including members of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the artistic director of Santa Barbara Strings.

Besides lessons on their primary instrument, students will also learn preparing to perform under pressure, practice techniques, preparation for auditions, and colleges. Each student will receive opportunities to perform in front of their peers as well as participate in workshops. A select few will perform solo works with our pianist on Aug. 10th. Various amounts of merit-based scholarship are available for those students who show musical talent in their auditions. Each student that successfully completes the program will receive an official certificate of achievement from Westmont College. WAYA is in partnership with the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center.

For all orchestral instruments / Ages 12-18 / August 5th-17th
Private/Group Lessons
Chamber Music (full session attendees)
WAYA String Chamber Orchestra
WAYA Wind Ensemble
WAYA Symphony Orchestra
Musicianship/Aural skills Workshop
Practice Technique Workshop
College Preparation Workshop
Performance/Audition Preparation Workshop
Student Concert (Aug. 10th & 17th at 12pm)
Faculty Concert (Aug. 14th, 3pm)
*There will be no classes on Sunday Aug. 11th, see bottom of this page for the general schedule*
Chamber Music & Orchestra 

Chamber music brings intimacy, democracy and creativity. It's a fun way to interact with other musicians to work in harmony. WAYA is a unique place to experience chamber music in depth, rehearsing everyday and playing for your coaches over the full two week period, getting lots of feedback and learning to be a soloist within a group.

Students will be placed in chamber groups depending on their instruments and levels, and will be working with coaches for both weeks. Students enrolled in BOTH weeks are eligible to be placed in a chamber group. The top four groups will perform in the last concert on Aug. 17th, along with the WAYA Symphony Orchestra. Please consider joining us for the chamber workshop on Aug. 16th at 3pm in Deane Chapel where all chamber groups will play for each other.

Orchestra brings musicians together through teamwork, unity and perseverance. We will have three big ensembles this summer including WAYA String Chamber Orchestra, WAYA Wind Ensemble, and WAYA Symphony Orchestra.

Students will be led in rehearsals everyday to prepare for the concerts on Aug. 10th and 17th. Both concerts will be at 12pm in Porter Theatre at Westmont College. Hope to see you there!

 Lessons & Masterclasses 

Students receive private lessons, and participate in Masterclasses and group lessons conducted by WAYA faculty and guest artists.

Please click on "Our Instructors" to see a list of our faculty.



Practicing is one of the most important elements of becoming a successful musician. Learning practice efficiency and productivity would therefore be extremely crucial. Han Kim leads this class covering topics such as smart practice methods, memorization, repetition, time management, and mental practicing. 

Performance preparation class focusses on anxiety, psychological preparation, controlling the mind, and conditioning. This is such an important class especially since the students' perform at the end of the Academy and this will help calm their nerves!

Musicianship/Aural Skills

Laura Walter leads a fun class introducing pitch, rhythm, interval, melody in a whole new way involving games, singing, clapping and acting!

 Performance Opportunities 

Performance opportunities are everywhere whether students are playing for their peers in a Cello Practice Workshop, an instructor in a Violin Masterclass, a panel of judges for a mock audition in an Audition Preparation class, the chamber music Playoffs, or on stage for one of our Saturday concerts. Surrounded by an encouraged setting of passionate students and nurturing instructors, students are constantly in the mix of performing for one another gaining performance experience and maturing musical artistry.

We also offer a Performance preparation class that focusses on anxiety, psychological preparation, controlling the mind, and conditioning. This is such a helpful class especially since the students' perform multiple times at WAYA and this will help calm their nerves!

Our concerts:

Aug. 10th, 12pm   Solo & WAYA String Chamber Orchestra concert

                                   Porter Theatre, Westmont College

Aug. 14th, 3pm      WAYA Faculty concert

                                   Deane Chapel, Westmont College

Aug. 16th, 3pm      Chamber Music Playoffs*

                                   Deane Chapel, Westmont College

Aug. 17th, 12pm    Chamber Music & WAYA Symphony Orchestra concert

                                   Porter Theatre, Westmont College

*Chamber Music Playoffs is a performance oriented workshop that will be open to the public. WAYA chamber groups will perform for each other and a few top groups will be selected to perform in Porter Theatre on Aug. 17th, 2019.

General WAYA schedule for both weeks:

1. Monday-Friday:

     -9:15-10am     check-in/practice

     -10am-12pm   Workshops/lessons/sectionals

     -12-1pm          Lunch

     -1-2:15pm       Orchestra (Porter Theatre for WSCO & WSO, Page for WWE & sectionals)

     -2:30-4pm       Chamber music/sectionals/personal practice

2. Saturday (Concert day):

     -10-11:30am Dress rehearsal

     -12-1:15pm     Concert

     -1:30-2:30pm  Patio pizza party and Certificate awards

*there are no classes on Sunday Aug. 11th, 2019. Schedule subject to change*