Villa Musica's Summer Orchestra

The Villa Musica Summer Orchestra, now in its 7th 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.

2019 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 members will be held on Sunday June 16, starting at 4:00pm for both ensembles. If you would like to audition please email orchestra manager Dan Weiss at 
To register for either or both of the 2019 sessions please fill out the form below.

VMSO – Session I

The VMSO Wind Ensemble will present a concert for the community on Sunday July 14, 2019 at 3pm

Music: The International Language
Frank Ticheli – Blue Shades
H. Owen Reed – La Fiesta Mexicana
Haydn Wood – Mannin Veen
Andreas Makris – Aegean Festival Overture

Rehearsals: Monday Evenings (at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church)
– June 17, 24
– July 1, 8 Dress 7/12
Time: 7-10:00pm
Conductor: William Gilmer
Registration Fee: $25

VMSO – Session II

The VMSO Full Orchestra program will present a concert for the community on Saturday August 24, 2019 at 7:30pm

Theme: Flight
Gabriela Ortiz – Papalotes
Rossini – Overture to La Gazza Ladra
John Powell – How to Train your Dragon
Stravinsky – Firebird Suite

Rehearsals: Tuesday Evenings (at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church)
– July 23, 30
– August 6, 13, 20 and 23
Time: 7-9:30pm
Conductor: James Beauton
Registration Fee: $25


Session 1Session 2