Santa Monica Youth Orchestra

Giving The Gift of Music

Inspired by the El Sistema model of music education, SMYO strives to promote socio-economic diversity through tuition-free music programming.


Tuition-Free Programming

A tuition-free orchestra and choir for young people ages 6-16.

Opus World Music Camp

An all-day world music summer camp for students of all ages and musical abilities.


Combines students and their parents to bring Mariachi to the world.

Chinese Ensemble

Performs traditional and contemporary pieces featuring instruments as the Erhu and Dizi.



“Our mission is to not only teach (the students) mariachi music but also teach them the different cultures that are in and around Los Angeles because there’s really so many.”

Shabnam Fasa, Founder


“I learned how to be part of an orchestra and it is fun!”

Alexander Du, 4th Grade