I was humbled by the interest and support from the community of Santa Barbara in the Music Academy of the West program and fellows. The Compeer Program was the icing on the cake because it allowed the fellows to connect individually with some patrons, allowing us to always have a friendly face in the audience cheering us on.n
I have a real friendship with my Compeer and I loved that we got to have long conversations about our lives, the Festival, and responses to what we were seeing. I really appreciate getting to share such an honest relationship with someone from Santa Barbara, making me feel more connected to the city and the Festival.
It was so much fun to have my own personal cheering section at concerts! My Compeer's genuine interest and curiosity was delightful.
My Compeers were absolutely amazing, and I know a life-long relationship has been made from this summer. They were incredibly supportive. My summer was greatly enhanced by getting to know and spend time with them.