Stairway of the Stars

  • Stairway of the Stars

    The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District will present the 70th Annual “Stairway of the Stars” concert on Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Greek outdoor theatre at Santa Monica High School.

    There is a rain date on the following Saturday, March 26, 2022 if needed.

    The event showcases the music education programs within the district as an estimated 1,000 SMMUSD elementary, middle, and high school students all in one concert.

    SMMUSD Stairway of the Stars Concerts

    SMMUSD has presented this musical tradition for the past 69 years and the annual event showcases the talents of students from every school within the Santa Monica and Malibu community.

    Tom Whaley, Visual and Performing Arts coordinator for SMMUSD said, “Stairway for the Stars first started at John Adams Middle School in the auditorium. I believe former Santa Monica High School band director and music supervisor for the district, Dick Wagon was influential in not only its first few years, but also expanding the concept to grow into the Civic Auditorium. Unfortunately, the Civic Auditorium is no longer available, so we will be utilizing our outdoor Greek theatre at Samohi for the concert this year.

    The concert series consist of orchestra, choir and band performances. In a recent press release, SMMUSD Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said, “The Stairway concert is the culmination of hard work and dedication by our students and music teachers and we look forward to exceptional performances again this year.”

    The event will represent a "return to normality" in terms of music instruction and performing in the SMMUSD and the community is encouraged to attend.

    Tickets will be available online until noon on the day of the concert. Proceeds from the ticket sales go right back into the district's music programs.

    General adult admission is $17 and senior/youth/student is $12.