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.

Students will have the opportunity to relax on the beautiful grounds of La Sierra University and are encouraged to participate in healthful activities. Students will also enjoy fully furnished dormitories and have full access to campus amenities. Master classes and recitals will be held at beautiful campus locations, inspiring students and instructors to exchange musical ideas and knowledge.


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

Our Education

Throughout the course of the festival, each student receives five private lessons and five chamber music coachings. Selected students will also play in master classes and in chamber ensembles with our esteemed faculty. Additionally, frequent recitals and concerts give our students the opportunity to present to their peers and family the music they have been working on.

What Students Say

I think that Montecito was an awesome experience!
Tomsen Su, Cello student