Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) gives five concerts a year in OctoberNovemberFebruaryMarch and May, in two locations: Camarillo and Ventura, California.

Our 15th season ends with an elixir for today’s unsettling times. Get ready to hear magnificent music by Ralph Vaughan Williams  performed by a 55-voice choir and 40-piece orchestra. This program is sponsored by Channel Islands Choral Association, Inc. (CICA) and CSU Institutionally Related Funds.

Choral Spectacular 2018

CSU Channel Islands Choir and Pleasant Valley School District Chorus joins CHICO in performing Dona nobis pacem and Five Mystical Songs, with baritone soloist Michael Shasberger and soprano soloist Melanie Henley Heyn.


First United Methodist Church of Ventura


Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center

Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 pm at Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, at 4235 Mar Vista Dr, Camarillo.

Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Ventura, 1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura.

$20.00 for adults; students/children free. (805) 658-7446 for more information.


2017 Choral Spectacular


Dr. KuanFen Liu is CHICO’s artistic director. The orchestra roster includes more than fifty professional musicians mostly from Ventura County.

CHICO is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization administered by a 16-member board of directors. Newly elected president of the board, David Singer, brings a wealth of administrative and musical experience to CHICO. He moved to Camarillo after retiring from Montclair State University, NJ. He was awarded Emeritus status from the University in October 2012 after 23 years of teaching.


KuanFen, David Singer

Mr. Singer is one of the most highly respected clarinetists in the country. Before moving to Camarillo, he was principal clarinetist of  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and a featured performer with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.

David Singer has performed at the White House for Presidents Carter and Clinton, has played in more than 100 recordings (including two Grammy Award winning albums) and has recorded chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Serkin, Yo Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman and members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Orion, and Shanghai String Quartets.


Elementary School

CHICO performs Peter & the Wolf for hundreds of 4th-grade students each year. Prokofiev’s classic tale is a cornerstone of elementary school music education.

Youth Soloists


2017 Soloists: Rebecca Beerstein (violin) Peter Glass (piano) Celina Wu & Ashley Wong (clarinets) Angela Marvin (cello)

Channel Islands Choral Association

CHICO and the Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) provides an opportunity for vocalists and music students to perform a major choral work with full orchestra. Mozart’s Requiem will be performed May 7 and May 12, 2017 with CSU Channel Islands Choirchoirreh


CHICO is a community resource that needs your support. We are looking for donors, corporate sponsors and volunteers. To make a charitable contribution through PayPal, please click the “Donate” button below. To obtain advertising (or acknowledgement) space in the concert program, click the “Sponsor” button. If you have skills to offer, click the “Volunteer” button to submit contact information and your ideas.