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Welcome new players!! You will find our culture to be both challenging and nurturing. As a community ensemble, you might be sitting between a young up-and-comer and a seasoned master.

We do not hold formal auditions, but rather schedule informal meetings with the Director, and occasionally, the section leader, to chat, and hear a tiny bit of music. Placement in the sections is based upon the overall sound of the ensemble, not "challenges" or auditions each term. 

upcoming rep

Upcoming Repertoire

Upcoming Repertoire

Palomar Symphony Orchestra | 2024-2025 Season – Art Energized!


October 19 Saturday 7pm/October 20 Sunday 2pm

Renewable Energy

Plug into the first orchestra concert of the season featuring the electrifying energy of piano virtuoso Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”


Also Verdi La Forza del Destino, Weller PineApple Rag, TBA


December 8 Sunday 2 pm

Art brought to Life

Mussorgsky’s beloved “Pictures at an Exhibition” breathes colorful and rhythmic life into a walk through an art gallery. The images dance and leap off of the canvas!


Also: Bartok Two Portraits, Saariaho or Mazzoli


April 11 Friday 7pm/April 12 Saturday 7pm

12 Music Fusion!

Music Physics: Impressive vocal forces + colorful orchestral dynamism = sound explosion, generated by our largest ensembles presenting Hanson’s “Sea Symphony” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”


Also: Mozart Regina Coeli and either Tania Ko Strange Sounds


May 17 Saturday 7pm

Spring 2 Art That Positively Vibrates!


Fasten your seatbelts, the students are driving this motion-themed concert! Our annual student showcase will feature student instrumental and vocal soloists with orchestra along with an original student composition! Then we feature Concertmaster Ondrej Lewit playing Kurt Weill’s highly original Violin Concerto!


Also: Fortissimo, John Adams Short Ride in Fast Machine + TBA students



Rehearsals will begin promptly at 6:00 pm in Room D-6, so please plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so that we are set up and ready to tune at 6:00 pm.  Please plan to remain for the entire rehearsal, unless dismissed earlier.  Sectionals for both strings and winds will be held during regular rehearsal times and are scheduled or TBA.


The bulk of what we do as musicians occurs during rehearsals.  The quality of the collective musical experience is dependent upon individual effort and responsibility, both during and in between rehearsals.  Please be prompt and have your parts prepared.  If you are unable to attend a regular rehearsal, please contact your section leader ASAP and arrange for a sub.


Dress rehearsals will be held at the designated performance venue during the week of each concert or D6.  Attendance at these rehearsals is mandatory.  If you have a conflict with any of these rehearsals, please provide me with a written statement of the conflict date and reason ASAP.   


Parking Info

Students may now purchase the student parking permit through their MyPalomar student account. Parking Services uses a contactless parking digital system for purchasing parking permits on all Palomar College campuses which allows for up to 5 vehicles to be “registered” to one student. The license plate number will act as the parking permit eliminating the need for a physical permit to be displayed in the vehicle. Students will no longer need to move a permit from one vehicle to another. However, students are only allowed to have one vehicle registered to them parked on campus at any time.

If you have any further questions, please contact Candy Santos ( or Shellsea Divine (


No one, except faculty, is allowed to park in the faculty lot in front of the “D” building (lot 1).  If you choose not to purchase a parking permit you will be parking at your own risk and the PAD cannot assume any responsibilities.



NCTD SPRINTER/BREEZE: Cost $57.60 per month for Palomar students. Adult Regional monthly passes are sold for Palomar College students with valid I.D. and enrollment verification at the cashier windows (Administration Building) on the main campus. Many BREEZE bus routes serve Palomar College in both San Marcos and Escondido. The main campus in San Marcos conveniently has a SPRINTER station located just south of Mission Road.



If you are interested in playing with the PSO, please fill in this contact form with your instrument and experience. We will reach out to speak with you and set up an audition if applicable. 

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