The Blackburn Music Academy provides a tuition-free immersive training and performance experience for 80 emerging pre-professional musicians from around the world. In its inaugural year, applications were submitted by hundreds of students from 119 schools and conservatories, from 45 states and seven countries. Academy musicians are provided complimentary lodging during their Festival Napa Valley experience through the generosity of local host families. They participate in chamber music and orchestral concerts, workshops, sectionals, and other professional development sessions with Festival Napa Valley artists. Guest artists and coaches for 2018 include Joshua Bell and principal musicians from the Russian National Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic and other leading ensembles.
Academy musicians offer a series of free public concerts.
The Academy is looking for families to host professional level musician(s) between 20 and 30 years of age who have come to study and perform July 13 - 29, 2018. As a thank you, host families enjoy exclusive access to various Festival events.