The Santa Monica Symphony is committed to fostering the next generation of musicians and music lovers. To encourage participation in our musical community, the Symphony offers special “Chair to Chair” open rehearsals for elementary school children and their families.

These special “Chair to Chair” rehearsals give children the chance to spend time with musicians before rehearsal begins and get a feel for instruments, literally. Children are encouraged to move from section to section in the orchestra trying out string, wind, brass and percussion instruments. Musicians share their instruments, their stories and answer many questions in this “up close and personal” experience. After the “show and tell” portion, students are invited to choose a musician to sit next to during rehearsal. This “chair to chair” experience is quite remarkable for students and musicians alike.

Next “Chair to Chair” Open rehearsals are Fall 2023 and Spring 2024. Please check back for more details.