OSM Mission and Background
Background: Orchestra Santa Monica (OSM) was founded in 2012 by Dr. Allen Robert Gross who served as the orchestra’s Music Director for six years. After his retirement in May 2018, Roger Kalia was selected as OSM’s new Music Director (about Roger Kalia).
OSM Mission: To build a strong community of classical music lovers of all ages and make a positive impact on the quality of people’s lives. OSM creates and shares life-enriching experiences through accessible, educational, and inspirational live concert performances.
Performances and Musicians: OSM performs its orchestra concerts in a variety of Santa Monica venues including most recently in 2021-2022, the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, the Adams Performing Arts Center, and Calvary Baptist Church. While available through early 2020, the Moss Theater served as its regular venue. OSM keeps its musical programming varied, presenting both standard repertoire and less-traditional works, and introducing culturally diverse composers and soloists as well as new and exciting contemporary pieces. Categorized as an “urban orchestra”, OSM musicians are a mix of seasoned professionals, emerging professionals, and auditioned volunteer players. (meet some of our OSM Musicians)
Outreach Activities: In addition to our standard orchestra concerts in Santa Monica, other OSM ensemble performances and activities take place in various locations throughout Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area. To learn about more about our outreach activities, please see OSM Outreach.