Orchestra in the Schools cultivates the joy of musical expression.

We create opportunities for young musicians to build confidence

through the rigor and cooperation required to produce music together.

We work to foster responsible adults who appreciate artistic beauty. 

We provide students throughout Monterey County 

an opportunity to learn an instrument, be a part of an orchestra,

and perform with students from other schools.

We are known for our outstanding small group instrumental instruction.

Students in grades 1-11 are invited to participate.

We offer ten 1/2 hour lessons for the FALL SEMESTER.

Our Artistic Director and instructors evaluate the students based on instrument and ability level.

There are three levels of instruction: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced (by audition only).

All groups will perform in a virtual winter and spring concert.


Click here to register your child.


Click here to take the free music aptitude test.


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Orchestra in the Schools: SPRING SEMESTER 2021


Ten sessions of private music instruction, via Zoom or FaceTime, 30 minutes per week for the first semester and a Full Orchestral rehearsal experience once a month at International School of Monterey (ISM) is our plan for 2020-2021. Private lessons and classes are given by highly qualified instructors teaching:

  • Strings – Don Dally (violin, viola and cello)  many sizes are available.

  • Double Bass – Bob Davies (sizes available: 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4)

  • Woodwinds – Ben Herod (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone)

  • Brass and Percussion – Kevin Jordan (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba and drums)

  • Guitar – Robert McNamara (acoustic, electric and electric bass)

    • Full Orchestra rehearsals at the ISM.

      • Outdoor rehearsals with social distancing & masks (Jan.-May)

      • 3-4pm; Intermediate – Advanced students; 2-3 orchestral tunes (for all students).

      • 4-5pm; Advanced students: Chamber music (selected by auditions).

        • String quartet

        • Woodwind and Brass ensemble

  • Instrument loan at no cost for registered students.

  • Tuition aid is available for qualified applicants.

  • Sessions are by arrangement with the instructor and all students are encouraged to attend the Outdoor Tuesday Full Orchestra rehearsals.­­­

  • We accept home school, charter, public, and private schools - Grades 1-11.

  • Cost is $300.00 per semester.


Arranged lessons:

  • January

  • February

  • March

  • April

  • May


ISM Outdoor Tuesday Full Orchestra rehearsals 3-4pm:

  • February 23

  • March 16

  • April 6

  • May 4


Webpage: OrchestraInTheSchools.org

CEO/Artistic Director: James Paoletti; james@orchestraintheschools.org

Program Coordinator: Sharon Halvorson; sharon@orchestraintheschools.org

Phone: (831) 402-2946


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A special thank you to our sponsors:

Arts Council for Monterey County


Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop

Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services


Nancy Buck Foundation



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