MONTECITO, Calif. -

 A new partnership has struck the right cord between the Music Academy of the West in Montecito and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  

It will include Musical Director Alan Gilbert and several orchestra musicians taking part in both classes and activities on the Montecito campus.

The agreement will go through 2018.   It includes two performances by the New York Philharmonic, scheduled in 2015 and 2017.

The academy has an acclaimed summer music festival each year with an elaborate schedule of public performances.