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Classical music training program in Montecito in Santa Barbara County, California.

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Martial Singher

Martial Singher

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French baritone opera singer born in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

French baritone opera singer born in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

Martial Singher

Later in his life he became an accomplished music teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal before moving to Santa Barbara and taking over the Music Academy of the West.

Marilyn Horne

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American mezzo-soprano opera singer.

American mezzo-soprano opera singer.

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Beniamino Prior as Wilhelm Meister and Marilyn Horne as the titular Mignon, Edmonton Opera, 1978.
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She studied voice under William Vennard and Gwendolyn Koldofsky at the University of Southern California School of Music and participated in Lotte Lehmann's vocal master classes at Music Academy of the West.

Donald Gramm

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American bass-baritone whose career was divided between opera and concert performances.

American bass-baritone whose career was divided between opera and concert performances.

He later studied at the Chicago Musical College and with Martial Singher at the Music Academy of the West.

Klemperer, circa 1920

Otto Klemperer

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German-born orchestral conductor and composer, described as "the last of the few really great conductors of his generation."

German-born orchestral conductor and composer, described as "the last of the few really great conductors of his generation."

Klemperer, circa 1920
Portrait of Klemperer by Soshana Afroyim, 1945
Klemperer (left) with members of the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, 1954
Klemperer about 1920.

After World War II, Klemperer helped found the Music Academy of the West summer conservatory in Santa Barbara, before he returned to Europe to work at the Budapest Opera (1947–1950).

Marilyn Horne Song Competition

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The Marilyn Horne Song Competition is an annual competition for participants of the voice and piano programs at the Music Academy of The West.

Benita Valente

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American soprano whose career has encompassed the operatic stage as well as performance of lieder, chamber music and oratorio.

American soprano whose career has encompassed the operatic stage as well as performance of lieder, chamber music and oratorio.

She studied voice at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara with Lotte Lehmann and Martial Singher.

Hampson in June 2014

Thomas Hampson

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American lyric baritone, a classical singer who has appeared world-wide in major opera houses and concert halls and made over 170 musical recordings.

American lyric baritone, a classical singer who has appeared world-wide in major opera houses and concert halls and made over 170 musical recordings.

Hampson in June 2014

During the summers of 1978 and 1979, he studied under Gwendolyn Koldowsky and Martial Singher at the Music Academy of the West, where he won the Lotte Lehmann Award.

Rod Gilfry

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Leading American operatic baritone.

Leading American operatic baritone.

He studied at the Music Academy of the West with Martial Singher with whom he also studied privately for six years.

Schoenberg in Los Angeles, c. 1948

Arnold Schoenberg

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Austrian-American composer, music theorist, teacher, writer, and painter.

Austrian-American composer, music theorist, teacher, writer, and painter.

Schoenberg in Los Angeles, c. 1948
Arnold Schönberg in Payerbach, 1903
Schönberg Family, a painting by Richard Gerstl, 1907
Arnold Schoenberg by Egon Schiele, 1917
Arnold Schoenberg, 1927, by Man Ray
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 1947 Schoenberg wrote A Survivor from Warsaw in commemoration of this event.
Schoenberg's grave in the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna
In Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31, tone row form P1's second half has the same notes, in a different order, as the first half of I10: "Thus it is possible to employ P1 and I10 simultaneously and in parallel motion without causing note doubling".[[File:Schoenberg - Variations for Orchestra op. 31 tone row I10.mid]]
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Featuring hexachordal combinatoriality between its primary forms, P1 and I6, Schoenberg's Piano Piece, Op. 33a, tone row contains three perfect fifths, which is the relation between P1 and I6, and a source of contrast between "accumulations of 5ths" and "generally more complex simultaneity". For example, group A consists of B-F-C-B, while the "more blended" group B consists of A-F-C-D
Portrait of Arnold Schoenberg by Richard Gerstl, circa June 1905
Watschenkonzert, caricature in Die Zeit from 6 April 1913
Arnold Schoenberg, self-portrait, 1910

Here he was the first composer in residence at the Music Academy of the West summer conservatory.

Milhaud in 1923

Darius Milhaud

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French composer, conductor, and teacher.

French composer, conductor, and teacher.

Milhaud in 1923

In 1947 Milhaud was among the founders of the Music Academy of the West summer conservatory, where popular songwriter Burt Bacharach was among his students.