Villa Musica's Summer Orchestra

The Villa Musica Summer Orchestra, now in its 8th year, is made up of a community of musicians aged between 13 and 75, who come together to make music. Delighting in their diversity, the participants in this program represent every possible musical “type”, from high-level amateur players through to professionals. Each participant shares a passion for orchestral music and is especially inspired to gather together each summer to share this commonality.

Each year, word spreads about the program – the camaraderie, the joy, the wonderful repertoire – and the program grows. This year will be no exception. Each summer, the orchestra prepares two programs; each with a 5/6 week rehearsal period. All players are auditioned if it is their first time with the program, and are required to be available for all rehearsals and the concert. Concerts in the middle of July and late August are FREE to the public and historically have been held at the new San Diego Public Library, Downtown. Last year both concerts attracted over 750 audience members; made up of friends and family of the musicians, children and adults affiliated with Villa Musica and/or the library and members of the homeless population who live in the East Village.

2020 Schedule
This year the VMSO program will offer two programs: Session I Wind Ensemble conducted by William Gilmer and Session II Full Orchestra conducted by James Beauton.
Auditions for new Wind Ensemble members will be held on Sunday May 17, starting at 10:00AM. Auditions for new Orchestra members will be held on Tuesday, June 30th, starting at 7:00PM. Rehearsals are held at Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church (6551 Soledad Mountain Rd, La Jolla, CA, 92037).

Please direct any questions to the orchestra manager, Ciara Dabkowski, at To register for either or both of the 2020 sessions, please fill out the form below.

VMSO – Session I

The VMSO Wind Ensemble will present a concert for the community on Sunday July 12, 2020 at 2:30pm

Repertoire “A Cultural Exchange”

Joseph Wilcox Jenkins – American Overture for Band

Alfred Reed – Armenian Dances Part I

Alfred Reed – Armenian Dances Part 2

Percy Grainger – Lincolnshire Posy

Arturo Marquez – Danzon No. 2 (arr. Nickel)

– June 10,  June 17,  June 24,  July 1,  July 8

Dress Rehearsal: July 10

Time: 7-9:30pm
Conductor: William Gilmer
Registration Fee: $25

VMSO – Session II

The VMSO Full Orchestra program will present a concert for the community on Sunday August 16, 2020 at 2:30pm

Repertoire: “Treasured Homelands and New Frontiers”

Grieg – Lyric Pieces, Op. 65: No. 6. “Wedding-Day at Troldhaugen” (arr. for orchestra)

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”

Music from Star Trek

John Williams – Theme from Jurassic Park

Copland – Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

– July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11.

Dress Rehearsal: August 14th

Time: 7-9:30pm
Conductor: James Beauton
Registration Fee: $25