The Montecito International Music Festival is a three week long music festival intended for highly gifted string, piano, wind, and voice students ages 13 and up. Our mission is to instruct, mentor and inspire the next generation of great musicians to improve their technical abilities and hone their craft and musicianship skills, as well as pay homage to today’s prominent masters who have brought immense joy to our lives through their artistry and music.

Important Dates

  • Applications open November 28th
  • Fellowship applications due March 1st
  • General applications due March 15th
  • Notification by April 5th
  • Montecito 2015 : July 12 – 31

Our program’s philosophy is a holistic one; combining musical instruction with an emphasis on healthy living and intellectual stimulation. Students will not only have access to campus practice studios, but they will also have access to all faculty members for private lessons and mentoring. We encourage students and faculty to exchange ideas and advice with each other in a tight-knit and supportive community that fosters everyone’s musical and artistic growth and development.

This year, MIMF will be held at La Sierra University in Southern California.

La Sierra boasts idyllic surroundings, superb facilities and close proximity to all the musical and recreational attractions of the Los Angeles/Southern California area. Participants will be housed in modern, comfortable dormitory rooms and will have full access to campus amenities. Master classes and recitals will be held at beautiful campus locations, inspiring students and faculty to exchange musical ideas and knowledge.

Our Education

During the course of the Festival, each student will receive five private lessons and five chamber music coaching. Selected students will also play in master classes and in chamber ensembles, with our esteemed faculty. Student concerts are a very important component of the Festival. Students will have the opportunity to present the music they are studying at frequent recitals and concerts. In addition, students can attend and learn from concerts by resident faculty, special guest artists and chamber orchestras.

What Students Say

I really enjoyed the great atmosphere filled with world-class faculty and dedicated musicians.
Geneva Lewis, Violinist
From the world class faculty to the numerous performance opportunities, the days were saturated with music, inspiration, and good fun!
Sequoyah Sugiyama, Violinist
The Montecito Music Festival was a great way to meet and learn from world renowned faculty and was overall an enjoyable experience.
Emma Wernig, Violist
Montecito is a great experience because of the great faculty and amazing people you meet there.
Tiffany Chung, Violinist
Montecito offers a plethora of wonderful opportunities to collaborate with some of the greatest musical minds existing today.
Nicholas Imm, Cellist
It was an immersive music experience filled with learning, collaborating, and friendship.
Jonathan Lien, Cellist
A truly invigorating experience the faculty was amazing and I have never felt more alive.
Merckx Dascomb, Pianist