SMYO offers high quality music programming for more than 150 students through two core projects:
- Sundays at SMYO: a tuition-free orchestra and choir for young people ages 6-16. SMYO meets every Sunday during the school year at Santa Monica’s Virginia Avenue Park.
- Opus World Music Camp: an all-day world music summer camp held for three weeks at Santa Monica’s PS1 school for students of all ages and musical abilities.
SMYO is a socioeconomically and culturally diverse community providing accessible, high quality music education and collaborative opportunities that embody the global character of LA and incorporate all participants into its musical life.
SMYO uses music to create and shape community where young people of all means and backgrounds have the opportunity to learn and participate in rich musical experiences. Inspired by the El Sistema model, the orchestra strives to encourage cross-cultural understanding, cooperation, and peer mentorship among its participants.