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Orchestra In The Schools

The 2019-2020 Chamber Players.

Orchestra in the Schools (OITS) offers all children, grades 3-8 in Monterey County, an opportunity to learn an instrument, be part of an orchestra and perform with students from other schools. This can be a student's first musical experience, No experience is needed.  No auditions are necessary.

Orchestra in the Schools is an affordable, after-school music education program.  

  • Available to students in grades 3-8 attending  Charter, Public, Private and Home-School

  • Younger students may be accepted with approval from the Artistic Director.

  • Students will learn to play an orchestral instrument, read music, rehearse, and perform with other young people from Monterey County.

  • Each student gets 27 two-hour sessions throughout the school year

  • Two concerts are planned, one in December and one in May.

Small group lessons from highly qualified Instructors teaching:

  • Strings - Violin, Viola and Cello (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or 4/4 sizes)

  • Double Bass - (1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 sizes)

  • Woodwinds - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

  • Brass - Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba

  • Percussion - Snare Drum, Drum Pad, Bells, Bass Drum

  • Guitar - Acoustic, Electric and Electric Bass


Dates/Times & Locations

  • Classes are from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

  • Mondays at the International School Monterey

  • Tuesdays at Monterey Bay Charter School

  • Thursdays at All Saints Day School, beginning strings only.


  • The cost is $675.00 for the entire year

  • Instrument loans at no cost for registered students.

  • Tuition Aid is available for qualified applicants.

Since 1988, Orchestra in the Schools has provided Instruction geared to beginner, Intermediate, and advanced level musicians in grades 3-8 throughout Monterey County.  OITS believes that all children deserve the enriching opportunity to learn how to read music, play an instrument, and perform in an orchestra. 

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