Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) concerts are held during October, November, January, March, and May, at two locations; Camarillo and Ventura, California.

CHICO’s Holiday concert opens with the Overture to Hänsel & Gretel opera by Engelbert Humperdink.

The program also includes The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, (eight pieces from Nutcracker Ballet); Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-flat Major and “In the Bleak Midwinter” set to music by Gustav Holst.


Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center

A youth choir, directed by Miriam Arichea, will perform Holiday Carols with CHICO. Selections will include Donkey Carol, Jesus Child (by John Rutter), Rubicon Family Christmas Medley arranged by Gerald Sternback and Cavit Celayir-Monezis and other popular carols.

Friday, November 30, 2018 performance begins at 7:30 pm at Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, at 4235 Mar Vista Drive in Camarillo.


Sunday, December 2, 2018 performance begins at 3:00 pm, at First United Methodist Church of Ventura, 1338 East Santa Clara Street in Ventura.


Looking for a music teacher? Click HERE to learn more about CHICO members who also teach!

CHICO is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization administered by a 16-member board of directors. Dr. KuanFen Liu is CHICO’s artistic directorCHICO includes more than fifty professional musicians from Ventura County. For example:


KuanFen, David Singer

Prior to moving to Camarillo, CHICO’s first clarinetist David Singer  was principal clarinetist of  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Prior to retirement, he performed at the White House for Presidents Carter and Clinton and played more than 100 recordings that included Grammy awards. He also recorded chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Serkin, Yo Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman and members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Orion, and Shanghai String Quartet.


Mariana Smith

Flutist Mariana Smith has performed all kinds of music: solos, ensembles and symphonies. She has played in concert halls throughout Britain, Germany and other parts of Europe. Since 1998, Mariana has been on the faculty of Ventura College. She teaches private lessons and works as a freelance musician, performing on flute, piano and organ.


Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra provides a high quality venue for talented young performers in Ventura County. CHICO invites local youths, 21 years or younger, to audition to perform a solo with the orchestra. For audition information CLICK HERE.


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

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 Choir.



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