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Tuition-Free Programming

SMYO programming is tuition-free for all participants. 

No Auditions

SMYO is open to any young person (ages 6-18) who has taken music lessons for a year or more and who can commit to attending weekly rehearsals and participating in seasonal concerts.


Weekly rehearsals are held at Virginia Avenue Park on Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm and include:

Calendar (2019-20)
SMYO rehearsals are supplemented by a wide range of educational activities including:

Educational Activities

  • music history lectures for students
  • music appreciation classes for parents 
  • field trips to music related performances and events in the Los Angeles area

Instrument Lending Program

All SMYO participants are eligible to request an instrument from SMYO’s instrument lending program. Instruments are distributed based on availability and need.  

Public Performances

SMYO gives several public concerts each year, including:

  • fall, winter and spring concerts
  • concerts in collaboration with other arts organizations

Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (310)985-3439