Montecito Journal

Independent Music

Check elsewhere for fireworks displays, parades, and other gatherings for the Fourth of July – this listing covers light classical and more popular music right here in the heart of town. The annual patriotic concert for Independence Day focuses exclusively, of course, on American music, as the West Coast Symphony Orchestra plays a program of festive favorites conducted by Cielo Foundation/symphony founder Christopher Story VI and Dr. Michael Shasberger, the Adams chair of Music and Worship at Westmont College in Montecito. more

Four Top Scholars Earn Full Tuition

Four top high school seniors will be attending Westmont in the fall after being offered four-year, full-tuition scholarships. The new Monroe Scholars are Noel Hilst of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Bethany Le of Carlsbad, Leal Makaroff of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Olivia Stowell of Fort Collins, Colorado. They earned a combined average honors GPA of 4.5 and an average SAT score of 1530 (out of 1600). more

Westmont, Pepperdine Bring MBA Program to Santa Barbara

Westmont College and Pepperdine University have agreed to offer a new program in shared space in downtown Santa Barbara. Beginning in fall 2015, Westmont Downtown, a new center in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building in Santa Barbara, will host a Santa Barbara based, two-year, part-time MBA program through the nationally ranked Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. more


This year’s Bach by Candlelight concert by the 32-year-old West Coast Chamber Orchestra, under veteran conductor Christopher Story and Westmont College music professor Michael Shasberger, featured the German composer’s 1735 short comic opera The Coffee Cantana, singing the praises or the stimulating morning in Java jolt. more

Event Aids Ugandan Mothers, Children

Westmont hosts a 5K run/walk to benefit Save the Mothers, an organization working to improve the lives of women in Uganda, on Saturday, May 16, at 9 am. more

Saturn to Shine at Star Party

Saturn, the ringed gas giant, whill be one of the celestial targets of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, May 15, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Westmont Observatory. more

Mortar Board Toss for Class of 2015

Commencement speaker David Brooks demonstrated his talent as a humorist while offering the class of 2015 advice about commitment, love, and taking chances in their careers May 9 at Westmont. Brooks’s opening, witty monologue shone a ray of sunshine on an otherwise overcast day. Several thousand family and friends of the remained bundled up through much of the ceremony, which celebrated the graduation of 310 students. more

Westmont Back at MBAR

Last week the Montecito Board of Architectural Review (MBAR) toured Westmont campus, viewing story poles for two proposed projects: a new residential facility, called the Leadership Center, and a Verizon Wireless antennae facility to be located on the roof of the Voskuyl Library. more

Camelot and Coffee!

In some cases, Camelot lasts considerably longer than one brief shining moment. For example, for the 43rd year, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC) will reconvene June 7. …The SBWC moved to the Westmont campus for a few years, and then to the DoubleTree resort for a few more. more

Oslie Quantum Leap Workshop

From The View to our town, Pamala Oslie is hosting a weekend workshop at the Fess Parker DoubleTree on May 16-17, and seats are filling up fast! …With a graduate degree from Westmont College, she has researched and tested many theories of quantum physics and related scientific theories, and now understands how this advanced knowledge can help people radically change their lives and achieve their goals. more