The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society has as its mission to maintain and strengthen cultural values, preserve the classical music art form, enrich musical experiences in the community, provide fine, live musical performances, and provide cross-generational educational events in the Santa Maria and surrounding Valleys.

The Philharmonic Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians, of which nearly 70% are from the Central Coast of California.  The orchestra is conducted by Maestro John Farrer, renowned in his own circles.   In addition to coordinating and hosting this first-class orchestra’s subscription concerts, the Society reaches over 5,000 students annually in the Santa Maria Valley through its Children’s Outreach Programs.

The Santa Maria Music Van Program, in which students experience the instrumental composition of an orchestra, targets third grade students from the Santa Maria-Bonita, Orcutt, Guadalupe and Blochman School Districts and runs for 7 weeks.  In November and February, all fourth grade students are invited to a memorable performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” given by the orchestra in full concert attire.

A community outreach is the bi-weekly Concerts-in-the-Mall Series featuring a wide range of small groups in an informal setting on the Macy’s Court Stage at the Town Center Mall in Santa Maria.  These concerts are free and Open to the Public.

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is truly a “community jewel.”

For information about the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society and its programs, contact

George J. Majoue, Executive Director
Santa Maria Philharmonic Society
120 East Jones Street, Suite 120
Santa Maria, California 93454-5101
(805) 925-0412 Office
(805) 614-7641 Fax