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.

Please check back for the date and time of the next “Chair to Chair” Open Rehearsal.

The Symphony regularly rehearses on Wednesday evenings in the auditorium of Grant Elementary School, 2368 Pearl Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

All rehearsals are open to the public, free of charge. For a rehearsal schedule please contact us at