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

The inaugural concert of CHICO’s World Music Gala will feature the Erhu and music of the Orient.

Ode to Hero and Ode to Love (2015) is an award winning Double Erhu Concerto composed by Chinese composer Bo-Chan Li (1992- ). The Erhu Concerto will be performed by the internationally renowned Taiwanese Erhu masters, Dr. Ming-Yen Lee and Dr. Hsin-Chiu Lin.

Yellow River Piano Concerto will feature piano soloist Miriam Arichea.

St. Mary Magdalen Church, Camarillo

Friday, March 1, 2019 performance begins at 7:30 pm, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 25 N. Las Posas Road, Camarillo.


1st United Methodist Church Ventura

Sunday, March 3, 2019 performance begins at 3:00 pm, at First United Methodist Church of Ventura, 1338 East Santa Clara Street in Ventura.


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.

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


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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