program Description

Academy Philharmonic is our advanced full orchestra.

Designed for advanced instrumentalists in grades 6–8, Academy Philharmonic is an audition-based full orchestra (strings, winds, and brass) with a limited number of openings each year.

Academy Philharmonic provides middle school musicians with the opportunity to play in a high-level full orchestra. Students learn how to listen and blend with new instrument groups, and rehearse and perform exciting new repertoire selections - all while being coached by some of the best teachers on the westside! Most Academy Philharmonic students take private lessons, and lessons are highly recommended for in order for students to keep up with the ensemble in rehearsals.

All participants must also be currently enrolled in their middle school band or orchestra program on the same instrument that they will play in Academy Philharmonic. A form verifying that they are playing the same instrument in their school program will be required in order to audition

Please email Program Director Peter Senchuk for more information about this ensemble.


LOCATION & Tuition

Tuesdays at Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), 2525 5th Street
Santa Monica, from 4:00–6:00pm. Location may be subject to change.

Tuition is: $925/ year.
Financial assistance is available for qualified families. Priority Deadline for tuition assistance is May 24. 

“It’s great to know that my twin boys are getting the full orchestra experience with amazing teachers who not only love their craft but also live it as professional musicians.”
— Juanita Devis, Parent


Click here to sign up for an audition to join Academy Philharmonic next season! Please review the audition requirements. Students must a completed School Ensemble Verification Form with them in order to audition. A nonrefundable deposit of $250 is due upon acceptance.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 12–2pm at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus at 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, at the intersection with Santa Monica Blvd.

Auditions will be held in the practice room building behind the Broad Stage closest to 10th Street.

Email our Program Director Peter Senchuk for more information.

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