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Villa Musica's Summer Orchestra

The Villa Musica Summer Orchestra, now in its 11th year. Delighting in their diversity, the participants in this program represent every possible musical type; from amateur players through to emerging professionals. Each participant shares a passion for symphonic 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, we prepare two programs; each with a 4-5 week rehearsal period. All players are auditioned if it is their first time with us, and are required to be available for all rehearsals and the concert. The Villa Musica Summer Orchestra will perform (Saturday, July 13 at 7:00pm) at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, and the Villa Musica Wind Ensemble concert (Saturday, August 18 at 2:30pm) will be held at St Marks United Methodist Church. These concerts attract over 500 audience members; made up of friends and family of the musicians, children and adults affiliated with Villa Musica, and the general public.

To register for the 2024 sessions, please select a session (or both) via the registration form below and submit.

Facility/Music Rental Fee: $25

Villa Musica Summer Orchestra Manager:
Ciara Dabkowski –

Villa Musica Summer Orchestra 2023 Sponsors

Full Orchestra (VMSO 2024 – Session I: “Sunrise”)

Japanese Suite: Gustav Holst
Spirited Away Suite: Joe Hisaishi
Symphony No. 4: Takashi Yoshimatsu

Participation Cost: $25

Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesdays, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/02, 7/09 (5 weeks)
7 – 9:30 pm at Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church
6551 Soledad Mountain Road, La Jolla CA 92037

Dress Rehearsal: Friday, 7/12
7 – 9:30 pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Concert: Saturday, 7/13
7:00 pm (5:30 call time)

Venue: St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
2728 Sixth Ave, San Diego CA 92103

Wind Ensemble (VMSO 2024 – Session II)

Fantasia in G: Tim Mahr
When I Close My Eyes, I See Dancers: Tim Mahr
Russian Christmas Music: Alfred Reed
Polka and Fugue from Swanda the Bagpiper: Jaromir Weinberger, arr. Glenn Bainum
Variations on a Theme of Beethoven: Diane Bish, arr. Kenneth Megan

Participation Cost: $25

Rehearsal Schedule: Wednesdays, 7/24, 7/31, 8/07, 8/14 (4 weeks)
7 – 9:00 pm at Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church
6551 Soledad Mountain Road, La Jolla CA 92037

Dress Rehearsal: Friday, 8/16
7 – 9:00 pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

Concert: Sunday, 8/18
2:30 pm (1:00 call time)

Venue: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego CA 92117