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“Rhythm and harmony find  their way into the inward places of the soul.”


JUNE 12, 2016

Two Samohi orchestras had the privilege of performing at

Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Samohi Philharmonic Orchestra performed as part of the West Coast Youth Orchestra Festival. And after a cancelled European Tour, the Samohi Symphony Orchestra performed a concert to raise awareness and much needed funds for the victims of terrorism and violence.


JANUARY 22, 2017

The Samohi Chamber Orchestra had the honor of launching LAEMMLE LIVE.  LAEMMLE LIVE is a new performing arts

series held in the mezzanine lounge of the Monica Film Center.  Emerging artists and professional performers from local schools and organizations celebrate Santa Monica’s diverse community with live performance in a salon style venue. 


FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Students don concert attire and perform for guests at the Spaghetti & Strings annual fundraiser. Guests enjoy a delicious pasta dinner during the performance. This fun-filled event hosts a silent auction and drawing. An evening of wonderful music, food, and prizes. All proceeds benefit Samohi orchestras.


DECEMBER 13, 2016 & MARCH 6, 2017

The Spring Concert is one of the three main concerts during

the school year in which all seven orchestras perform.  The performances reflect months of rehearsal and will also be the repertoire that each ensemble will play for adjudication later

in the month. 

Photography by Martin Ledford

Dear Musicians & Families,

Welcome to Samohi, a great school with a long tradition of musical excellence. Several factors contribute to the strength of the music program. Among them are our strong elementary and middle school programs, a supportive community, an outstanding music faculty and fine arts coordinator, enthusiastic administrative support, and most important, dedicated parents and students like yourselves. The Samohi orchestra program offers opportunities to all musicians, ranging from entry to advanced levels. We invite you peruse this website for information about our program, schedules, upcoming events, and more. We are pleased to welcome you to Samohi’s orchestra program and look forward to sharing information with you.

Joni Swenson, Director
Jason Aiello, Director

Latest Happenings



Donate to Santa Monica High School Orchestras


We look forward to seeing parents

at the next virtual

Orchestra Parents Association meeting:

September 6th at 7pm

601 Pico Boulevard

Santa Monica, CA  90405 


Samohi Orchestra Parents Association is a division of Santa Monica Arts Parents Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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