Westmont Academy for Vocal Excellence

I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. ~St. Paul
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. ~Psalm 142


Singers entering grades 10, 11, and 12 (for the 2018-2019 academic year)

Watch for details to come for Summer 2018!

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb
Life is a song. Love is the music. ~Author Unknown
Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin

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God respects me when I work; but God loves me when I sing. ~Rabindranath Tagore
As long as we live, there is never enough singing. ~Martin Luther
The total person sings, not just the vocal chords. ~Esther Broner

VocalistWestmont Academy for Vocal Excellence (WAVE) is an intensive 8-day program intended for young singers to significantly improve their vocal technique and musical artistry. This will help prepare for students' auditions for voice programs, roles in operas and musicals, and positions in the choirs. WAVE is founded and offered by Westmont College, a beautiful 111 acre campus located in Montecito, Santa Barbara. Students will use the recently renovated and all-Steinway music building. Our distinguished teaching faculty consists of outstanding singers, choral conductors, and teachers, who will teach, inspire, and mentor the students in their lessons, performances, workshops, and classes. Besides daily lessons and classes in musicianship, students will perform in recitals, participate in the academy choral ensemble, and attend master classes dealing with such topics as vocal technique, repertoire, artistry, and language and diction. Other skills to be emphasized include working and communicating with other musicians, preparing to perform under pressure, practice techniques, preparation for college, and college application do's and don'ts. Each student will thoroughly prepare two or more pieces which may be used for their college pre-screenings and auditions for music programs.

Total Tuition: $1500, including housing and meals on the Westmont College campus.
Commuter Tuition: $1,000, including lunch and dinner on the Westmont College campus.

The full balance is due on TBD.

Daily voice lessons
Basic Musicianship
Academy choral ensemble
Master classes
Student recitals
Performance/audition preparation
Practice techniques
College preparation

Dr. Michael Shasberger
Dr. Grey Brothers
Dr. Emil Cristescu
Dr. Nichole Dechaine
Dr. Linda Di Fiore
Dr. Robert Rockabrand
Mrs. Sara Rockabrand

Visiting Artists and Master Clinicians (TBA):

Mailing Address:
Please mail all application materials to:
Attn: Dr. Linda Di Fiore, WAVE Director
Music Department
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Contact us:
Dr. Linda Di Fiore, WAVE Director
(940) 206-0898

Keith Erickson, Music Department Coordinator
(805) 565-6240