Participation in most of our ensembles is based on an audition. Students are placed according to ability, but one additional consideration is that we need balanced numbers for each ensemble. Our auditions consist of 3 components: scales, a prepared solo piece, and sightreading.
Our ensembles rehearse from late September through late May. Students perform 3 concerts and may have additional performance opportunities throughout the season.
In addition to our high quality musical instruction, students are often invited to attend local concerts for free or discounted prices.
Please contact us to schedule an audition. Tuition for the school year is $800 for all ensembles. Sibling and multi-program discounts are available. If you need to apply for financial aid, please complete the Financial Aid Form and bring it to your audition.
Sibling/multi-program discount: 5% for each enrollment ($40)
New program discount (for Elemental Choir only) $50 off (one-time only)
Discounts cannot be combined
Schools for Auditions and Rehearsals
Grant Elementary School 2368 Pearl Street John Adams Middle School (JAMS) 2425 16th Street McKinley Elementary School 2401 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH) 2525 5th Street
Sinfonia is our introductory ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 who have played for about one year. No previous orchestral experience is necessary. Rehearsals are Fridays at JAMS from 3:45 to 5:45.
Chamber Orchestra is our more advanced ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. No previous orchestral experience is necessary, however, private lessons are strongly recommended. Rehearsals are Fridays at JAMS from 3:45 to 5:45.
Auditions: Friday, September 30, 3:30pm-5:30pm at JAMS.
Elemental Band is our ensemble for woodwind, brass and percussion students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Rehearsals are on Mondays at JAMS from 3:45 to 5:45.
Auditions: Monday, September 26, 3:30pm-5:30pm at JAMS.
Academy Strings is our ensemble for middle school strings in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. All participants will be expected to be able to shift to third position comfortably, play in a variety of keys with proper posture and hand position, and be able to play a variety of bow strokes, including spiccato.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at SMASH from 3:45 to 5:45
Auditions: Wednesday, September 21, 3:30pm-5:30pm at SMASH.
Prelude is our beginning strings program for students with no previous playing experience. Students who are interested in an accelerated program that will be engaging and educational will benefit from our expert instruction! Build a solid foundation while having a lot of fun!
Rehearsals on Tuesdays, 3:45-5:45 at McKinley Elementary School
No auditions necessary. To hold your spot, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elemental Choir is our new vocal ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at Grant Elementary School from 3:45 to 5:45.
Auditions: Thursday, September 29, 3:30pm-5:30pm at Grant.
All participants must have previous knowledge of how to read music and how to play their instruments, including the ability to identify their open strings. In addition, students will expected to be able to play with proper posture and hand position and basic knowledge of rest and free stroke.
Rehearsals are on Thursdays, 3:45-5:45 at SMASH.
No audition necessary for admission (placement auditions in the fall). To hold your spot, please email us at Josephine@elementalmusic.org