Co-Director's Welcome

A warm welcome to the 2019 Montecito International Music Festival!  This summer will mark the 12th season of our festival and will prove to be spectacular in every way.  Our guest artists this year will include Lynn Harrell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Glenn Dicterow, Andres Cardenes, Cho Liang Lin, Pablo Zinger, and Leslie Umphrey.

Montecito International Music Festival continues to provide a rigorous, stimulating musical environment where participants and faculty co-exist on the beautiful La Sierra University campus.  Private lessons are complemented by chamber ensembles, masterclasses, student orchestras, and plenty of performances.

We welcome and encourage you to become a member of the Montecito family!

Recently appointed as an International Admission Director at Montecito International Music Festival, Mrs. Genii Ahn, making a name for herself as an independent college counselor, has successfully helped educate hundreds of students where they now attend notable schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Pomona, U Penn, Williams, Cornell, Haverford, USC, Swarthmore, Boston College, West Point, etc.  She has not only helped individual students, but also has reached out to others by giving lectures at numerous areas: high schools, universities, and graduate admission college process outlets, including Radio Korea 1540AM, the Korea Herald Newspaper, and LA Times.

Chan Ho Yun & Martin Glicklich, Co-Directors


Instrumental Program

  • Five (5) private lessons and four (4) chamber music coaching sessions
  • Student participation in solo recitals, chamber ensembles or both. This is a very important component of the Festival.
  • Studio classes and master classes by our esteemed resident faculty
  • Master classes by Special Guest Artists. Student auditions in July for an opportunity to play in master classes and will be chosen by a panel of resident faculty. All students will benefit from observing these musical legends.
  • Faculty recitals, concerts and chamber music ensembles. Fellowship and Junior Fellowship students will have an opportunity to perform with Special Guest Artists and resident faculty
  • Chamber orchestra for pre-college students
  • Outreach concerts at local churches and senior citizen centers (optional)
  • World-class pianists will accompany master classes, lessons and student concerts.
  • Mentoring by incredible faculty who are very accommodating to the artistic needs and musical growth of our students.

Vocal Program

We are more than the sum of our voices. What you ultimately discover at the end of these ten days, is yours alone to know and understand.  There isn’t one formulaic answer to satisfy all singers at one time.  In this art, all answers can vary and will vary.  In the end, you will determine what kind of singer you are and will become.

Seminars offered
  • Yoga and Health for Singers – Taught by Darci Lobdell (From Albuquerque, NM)
  • Basics of Alexander Technique – Taught by Darci Lobdell
  • The Entrepreneur Singer – Taught by Javier Gonzalez (Southern California)
  • Opera & Art Song – Taught by Raejin Lee
  • The Singer & The Stage – Taught by Raejin Lee
  • Voice Lessons Gonzalez, Umphrey, Lee
  • Vocal Session: July 14 – July 28, 2019

Composition Program

The newly established composition program offers participants an exciting opportunity to come together for 10 days of lectures, masterclasses, lessons, and rehearsals. Composition Fellows work with a designated ensemble to realize a new piece written for the occasion. Master classes, private lessons, and coached rehearsals provide ample opportunity to workshop the new piece in a collaborative and supportive environment. 

Composition Participants Receive:

  • Private composition classes
  • Coached ensemble rehearsals
  • Master classes by our esteemed resident faculty
  • Master classes by Special Guest Composers
  • Group classes on topics such as the use of technology, contemporary practices, and aesthetics
  • Lectures by Special Guest Composers
  • Faculty recitals, concerts, and chamber music ensembles
  • All participants receive mentoring by incredible faculty who are very accommodating to the artistic needs and musical growth of our students
  • Composition Session: July 24 – August 2, 2019

Schedule for a typical day:
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9-10am Lecture on contemporary instrumental techniques
10:30-11:30am Private Composition lesson
12-1pm Lunch
1:15-2:15pm Coached ensemble rehearsal
2:30-4:30pm Master class
5:30-6:30pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Concert

Brass Program

Brass Participants Receive:

  • 3 Private Lessons with main Studio Teacher
  • Warm-up Classes lead by our esteemed resident faculty
  • Brass Quintet Coaching
  • Brass Ensemble side by side with faculty members!
  • Guest Master classes by prominent Guest Artists
  • Seminars; Performance Psychology, Alexander Technique, Breathing Techniques, using Technology to enhance your practice, and more!
  • Faculty recitals, concerts, and chamber music ensemble performances.
  • Audition Training and Mock Audition!
  • Optional lessons with our special visiting guest artists 
  • Brass Session: July 24 – August 2, 2019

Programs at a Glance


  • Instrumental Session: July 14 – August 2, 2019
  • 5 private lessons
  • 4 chamber music coaching sessions
  • studio classes and master classes


  • Vocal Session: July 14 – July 28, 2019
  • Yoga & health for the singer
  • Voice lessons


  • Composition Session: July 24 – August 2, 2019
  • Composition lessons
  • Masterclasses and rehearsal coachings
  • Lectures on contemporary practices


  • Special Guest Artists
  • Warm-up Classes and Master classes
  • Brass Quintet Opportunities
  • 3 Private Lessons
  • Orchestral Mock Audition
  • All day
Scholarship Application Deadline

If you are applying for a scholarship, you must submit your application by March 1.

  • All day
General Application Deadline

If you are a general applicant, you must submit your application by March 15.

  • All day
  • La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Pkwy, Riverside, CA 92505
Montecito Music Festival 2018

Celebrating 10 Years of musical excellence.

  • All day
  • La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Pkwy, Riverside, CA 92505
Vocal Program
15, Applications Open
21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
18, President's Day
1, Scholarship Application Deadline
15, Application Deadline
17, St. Patrick's Day
26, Memorial Day Holiday
14, Montecito Festival Begins
2, Montecito Festival Ends

This year, Montecito International Music Festival 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.

Festival Resources & Forms

Forms and Documents related to the music festival. Forms are not yet available for 2019.

If you have any questions, please email Hyoung Kim at registrar@montecitomusicfestival.com.