JULY 5-21, 2019

Blackburn Music Academy July 5-21, 2019

Join ninety of the top emerging professional musicians from around the world in an immersive musical experience in the Napa Valley!

"Great repertoire playing alongside musicians we idolized in one of the most stunning locations in the country.  We grew exponentially from playing in the Festival Napa Valley Orchestra!"
– Cristina Cutts Dougherty, Colburn School, ’17 Academy Fellow

The Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy is a tuition-free summer music program for instrumentalists from 18-36 years of age.

Participants take part in chamber music and orchestral concerts together with faculty members, as well as workshops, sectionals, coaching sessions and other professional development activities.

Led by a core of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, guest artists and faculty also include principal players from the orchestras of San Francisco, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, St. Louis and Zurich, among others.

Come enjoy an unforgettable summer festival experience in California's idyllic wine country!




host a musician

Festival Napa Valley is seeking host families for the Academy musicians, 20-35 years old, who will be in Napa from July 5-21, 2019. Host families enjoy exclusive access to selected Festival events, and make new connections and friendships that can last a lifetime!

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