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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • The Impact of Legacy Giving
    The Impact of Legacy Giving
    Helen Marso was an unassuming woman, a person who was generous to friends and family in need. In 1950, she was nearing...
  • A Love Forged by Opera: A Life Made by Giving
    A Love Forged by Opera: A Life Made by Giving
    There is a lovely baby-grand piano in the Millington Mithun home, always kept in tune for guests. The piano is situated...
  • Only One Regret
    Only One Regret
    Mashey Bernstein hasn't always been a resident of Santa Barbara. He came to the area from Ireland in 1971 to attend...
  • Sandy and Phil Seymour
    Sandy and Phil Seymour
    Scholarships and Ice Cream in Santa Barbara
  • John Chisholm
    John Chisholm
    Music Academy alumnus gives back
  • E. Howard Green
    E. Howard Green
    Opera fan leaves legacy for the Music Academy of the West
  • Irene Hymanson
    Irene Hymanson
    "My dad meant so much to me and to others in the music communities of New York and California."
  • Carol Kosterka
    Carol Kosterka
    "I can't imagine a world without music."
  • Heidi August
    Heidi August
    "It is the gift that keeps on giving. I want to make sure that when I am no longer on the scene I am contributing to the culture. It is incumbent upon us to continue the legacy."
  • Maurice Singer and Hyon Chough
    Maurice Singer and Hyon Chough
    "The music brings us such peace, tranquility, and excitement, and the friendships we've made both within the community and with the young musicians and artists has given us great joy and satisfaction."
  • Sheila and Jim Davidson
    Sheila and Jim Davidson
    "Nothing Compares to the Academy"
  • Sue and Maurice Faulkner
    Sue and Maurice Faulkner
    Sound the Trumpets!
  • Rose Marie Rockenbach
    Rose Marie Rockenbach
    Celebrating Encore after Encore
  • Gray Felstiner
    Gray Felstiner
    "So much more music to love"
  • Barbara Robins
    Barbara Robins
    Creating Friendships for Over Two Decades
  • Dick Meyn
    Dick Meyn
    In 1996, Dick Meyn couldn't tell the difference between...
  • A Pivotal Moment
    A Pivotal Moment
    Many Music Academy alumni have transformational experiences — from engaging with their peers, to encounters with teaching artists, to being in California for the first time.