There are numerous opportunities for Samohi musicians to participate in honor orchestras at regional, state or national level.

Please see Director Swenson for further information concerning audition requirements for honor orchestras.

CODA (California Orchestra Directors Association)

CODA Honor Symphony

and Honor String Orchestra,

December 6 - 7 , 2019.

This year CODA will be hosted

at UC Santa Cruz.

Audition excerpts are usually here.

All recordings must be submitted electronically by October 4, 2019 for consideration for the December CODA event.

For more information, visit www.codaorchestras.org

All State Honor Orchestra (CASMEC)

February 20 - 23, 2020

Fresno, California

CODA Honor Symphony audition excerpts are also used for All State. Audition CD is due on December 1, 2019.

ASTA with NSOA Honor Orchestra (American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association)

The National High School Honor Orchestra

Only 11th and 12th grade students are eligible for this biennial orchestra. 

For more information, visit www.astaweb.com


Large Ensemble Festival

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 

(Samohi, Barnum Hall)

Solo and Small Ensemble Festival

Sunday, April 26, 2020

(Santa Monica College, Madison Campus)


Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association

For more information, visit www.scsboa.org

NYOUSA (National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America)

Application procedures are described on the website for their Summer 2020 

For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org

Kiwanis Solo Competition

Preliminaries — May 7, 2020

Finals — May 16, 2020


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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