Located in the Los Angeles suburb of Manhattan Beach, CA, the award-winning Orchestra Program at Mira Costa High School, has grown to involve over 140 student musicians, under the guidance of current director, Peter Park.

In recent years, the orchestras have presented numerous times at All-Southern California Music Conferences, and performed at world-class venues including Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the world-renowned Carnegie Hall. In 2014 Mira Costa’s music program (which includes Orchestra) became named a GRAMMY™ Award winning-school, and ranked 3rd in the Nation.

Our program currently consists of the Symphony, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras. Auditions for Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra’s are held in June for the following school year and a few students are invited to also audition for Chamber Orchestra. Chamber Orchestra is not held as a regular class, they practice twice a week after school. Both Philharmonic & Symphony rehearsals will begin a few months into the year, once every other week. A calendar will be posted on the orchestra website with rehearsal schedules, concert and event dates. Due to the level of training, rehearsals, performance and professionalism taught to the students over the years in orchestra, many have gone on to play in prestigious college music programs either as a career or to continue as a hobby.

Orchestra hosts successful donut mixer!

A tremendous “Congratulations” to our 2019-20 Orchestra student leaders! President: Rachel Clinton First VP: Jack Bush VP Communications: Audrey Lee VP Events: Jack Kwon Representatives: Philharmonic Strings:Chloe Silagan Sinfonietta: Kayla Lowenberg Philharmonic Winds and Percussion: Hayley Baylen Symphony Winds and Percussion: Elsa Kim Orchestra student leaders have been busy! They…
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Orchestra travels and performs in Spain!

Led by Mr. Park and Mr. Mc Cormick, over 90 talented Orchestra students, with teachers and parents as chaperones, went to Spain on a multi city 12 day field trip over the summer!  They had the wonderful opportunity of a lifetime to perform in some very prestigious music halls such…
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Orchestra has successful “Send-Off” Concert!

Congratulations to the Orchestra students for a grand performance at the Send-Off concert last Thursday! It was a huge success with so many highlights:  Mr. Mark McCormick conducted two pieces with the combined Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras; the world premiere piece commissioned by MCHS Orchestras by Niall Ferguson, a former…
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