Villa Musica Summer Orchestra


We are proud to collaborate with local violinist and conductor Aram Akhavan to offer a summer opportunity for advanced orchestral players in San Diego.


The Villa Musica Summer Orchestra was founded with the intent to give high caliber community musicians an opportunity to come together during the summer months and perform great works in the chamber and symphonic literature.  This ensemble unites musicians from a variety of community and semi-professional orchestras with the sole purpose of spreading the joy of music to others.  Membership is by audition only.  $25 registration fee required before first rehearsal.  (Fee waivers are available upon request)

For inquiries, please contact Katelyn Woodside, VMSO Orchestra Manager at

To Register, please submit the form below


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2016 Summer Season Information 

Auditions for new members:  

Saturday June 18th, 2:00-5:00pm


Session 1: Full Orchestra 

Performance Sunday, July 31 6:00pm  Downtown Central Library 

Rehearsals:  Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30pm- June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26.  Dress Rehearsal: July 28 at Library

Concert: July 31st



Rimsky-Korsakov – Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Berlioz – Rob Roy Overture, H. 54

Smetana – Die Moldau from Ma Vlast

John Williams – Star Wars Suite
Session 2: Strings Only

Performance Sunday, September 11 6:00pm Downtown Central Library

Rehearsals:  Tuesdays, 7:00pm-9:30pm: August 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6 Dress Rehearsal: August 31 at Library

Concert: September 11th



Britten – Simple Symphony, Op. 4

Sibelius – Andante Festivo

Holst – St. Paul’s Suite, Op. 29 No. 2

Suk – Serenade for Strings in Eb Major, Op. 6


Audition Requirements –

1. One minute of a solo from standard repertoire
2. One major scale, one minor scale (2 or 3 octaves)
3.  Selected orchestral excerpts (Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass – Please contact for woodwind and brass excerpts)


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Aram Akhavan – Conductor

By day, Aram is a bright young engineer at Spreadtrum Communications, designing next generation mobile chips. By night, he follows his passion for music, playing the violin and piano, and writing arrangements. Aram’s involvement in music began at a young age with lessons in piano and violin. As a teenager, he joined the Phoenix Youth Symphony, touring in Eastern Europe, and later joined the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra.


After moving to San Diego to attend UCSD, Aram joined the La Jolla Symphony, which explores new music alongside standard classical works. He also participates in various Chamber Music events throughout San Diego. In 2013, he founded the La Jolla Summer Chamber Orchestra to provide musicians with a chance to augment their repertoire during a season which had lacked a regular community orchestra. He soon joined forces with Villa Musica, growing the ensemble into a full symphony to expand its reach to a greater number of musicians.


Aram graduated with his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from ASU in 2010 and his M.S. in Electrical engineering from UCSD in 2011, all while continuing his music education. He currently studies conducting with faculty from UCSD and Iowa State. His remaining time is spent enjoying outdoor San Diego, playing ultimate frisbee and rock climbing.


Katelyn Woodside – Violinist, Educator and Arts Administrator

Katelyn is a founding member of the VMSO, and friend and colleague of Aram.  As a San Diego native, Katelyn has been an educator in the area for over 15 years, and an active member in the classical music community.  She currently operates a private teaching studio in Poway and works with Bach Collegium San Diego as their administrative and operations coordinator.