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Mission Statement:

The Santa Monica Youth Orchestra provides a welcoming, diverse, inclusive, integrative music program that engages young people, ages 6-18, from all cultural and economic backgrounds. Through its programs, it seeks to bridge economic divisions and cultural boundaries and foster personal and social change.



SMYO is committed to:

• excellence in music instruction 

• free participation in the Sunday programs

• economic and cultural diversity among participants 

• cultural diversity within the repertoire

• student progress and attainment of skills 

• parent and family involvement

• creating an environment in which students experience personal development and social interaction through their participation.



SMYO offers an ambitious and diverse array of programs:
• A roster of Sunday afternoon rehearsals that are divided into three orchestra levels: Prelude,
   Youth and Symphonic. In addition to the Western classical repertoire, participants may
   explore Chinese instruments and other world cultures.
• Tuesday after-school mariachi lessons for Santa Monica-Malibu School District students and
• Opus Summer Camp, a six-week immersive program in world music and arts; tuition is:
   charged for this program, but financial aid is available.
• PS1 School Instrumental Program

Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (310)985-3439