program Description

auditions open for select instruments: for oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, and double bass. click here to sign up!

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 Lincoln Middle School (LMS), 1501 California Ave, Santa Monica, from 4:00–6:00pm. Location may be subject to change.

Tuition is: $925/ year.
Financial assistance is available for qualified families. Please submit your application ASAP.

“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


There are select openings for new instrumentalists on the following instruments: oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, and double bass. Auditions for these openings will be held on September 21, 2019. Please sign up for an audition here.

All students currently accepted and enrolled into Academy Philharmonic also need to sign up for an audition to determine orchestra seating. Please download the audition excerpt for your instrument here.

Email our Program Director Peter Senchuk for more information.

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