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.
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 performances of classical music.
OSM Performances and Musicians: OSM performs several full orchestra concerts per season and a number of chamber music concerts in a variety of local venues. It 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’s breakdown of musicians for a typical full orchestra performance is 44% professional hires (Union players), 28% non-Union hires (emerging professionals), and 28% auditioned volunteer players. (meet some of our OSM Musicians)
OSM Outreach Activities: In addition to our standard orchestra concerts, other OSM performances and activities take place at a variety of locations throughout Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area. To learn about more about our outreach activities, please see OSM Outreach.