Villa Musica's Summer Orchestra

The Villa Musica Summer Orchestra, now in its 9th 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. 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 are FREE to the public and historically have been held at the new San Diego Public Library, Downtown. In 2019 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.

Please direct any questions to the orchestra manager, Ciara Dabkowski, at To register for the 2021 session, please fill out the form below.

2021 Program & Schedule

This year, we have put together a special strings-only program due to the nature of how COVID-19 is spread. Rehearsals will be outside under our new tent, and spacing between players will follow social distancing guidelines. All players will receive a brief temperature screening before rehearsal. Participation is $15. Please look for an invoice in your inbox from once you’ve submitted the form below!


Felix Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 2 in D Major
Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite
Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony


Rehearsals start: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Rehearsal time: Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:30pm
Last rehearsal: Saturday, April 17th, 2021
Concert: Sunday, April 18th, 2021 at 2:00pm

April 18th, 2:00pm Concert