Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) gives five regular concerts per year in wo locations: Camarillo and Ventura, California. Our next concert is a special outdoor program sponsored by Camarillo Arts Council.


Saturday, August at 7:03 pm at Constitution Park, Camarillo.

With Dr. Peter Illyich Grandioso as your guide

You are invited to come on a family-friendly magical musical tour with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, led by the humbly magnificent Dr. Peter Illyich Grandioso.  Dr. G. will introduce you to the orchestra and will guide you through the world of music through the eyes of the composers,  explaining what inspires them and how they compose to transport their listeners into other worlds.  The performance will include music by Bernstein, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Williams, and more!

Free concerts and movies are held in Constitution Park at the corner of Carmen Drive and Paseo Camarillo. Seating is open and the audience brings their own lawn chairs. You may bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before the concerts, or visit the food trucks available on site.

Concert is on August 25th at 7:30 p.m. For more information please call (805) 987-7847.


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. Board member, 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.