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 3-10 are invited to participate.

We offer 27 two-hour lessons throughout the school year.

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 winter and spring concert.

We reserve the right to merge classes if necessary. 


Click here to register your child.


Click here to take the free music aptitude test.


Inspiring success for all children through music.

April 19, 2020


To Our Orchestra in the Schools Family,


We hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe.  Despite the challenges we face with our new COVID-19 lifestyles, we are still making music—with a few modifications.  Based on Governor Newsom’s statements regarding the health and safety of California residents, we are suspending all OITS programs through this season. This includes classes at the International School of Monterey, San Carlos School, Stevenson School and the OITS String Quartet. 


However, we know that continuing to provide a sense of normalcy for our community is vital to our kids’ development and their families.  As a board, OITS decided to continue to pay our wonderful dedicated teachers.  They, in turn, have expressed their desire to keep teaching our kids.  Therefore, we are giving each student a 15-minute private phone lesson and offer an on-line music platform called SMARTMUSIC.  We think this is in line with our missions statement: Inspiring success for all children through music. 


Keeping musical skills tuned up (pun intended), making a routine time for music practice, and sharing joy and music via social media with family and friends IS VITAL.  We all have our pajamas-all-day days and moments of mourning “normal life.”  Let’s use technology and the resources we have to propagate joy.  We ask that our families continue supporting their kids’ practices.  Please tag @orchestraintheschools on IG or FB and we will continue to share the music.  Our kids, through music, will continue to be a strong vehicle in bringing people together.  Be a part of it!  We will all get through this and be stronger for it.  Stay happy and healthy!!





James Paoletti

CEO/Artistic Director



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Arts Council for Monterey County


Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop

Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services


Nancy Buck Foundation



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