Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) has a five-concert season with performances in Camarillo and Ventura.  Next, is CHICO’s concert in the park sponsored by the Camarillo Arts Council on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Constitution Park, near Carmen Plaza Shopping Center, at the corner of Carmen Drive and Paseo Camarillo.

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


ConstitutionParkYou are invited to a family-friendly Magical Musical Tour led by the humbly magnificent Dr. Peter Illyich Grandioso, played by Brian McDonald. Dr. Grandioso will introduce you to the orchestra and guide you through the world through the music of five composers.

The program includes original music by Leonard Bernstein, Felix Mendelssohn, Edvard Grieg, John Williams and Danny Elfman. Dr. Grandioso will explain how each composer was inspired to write music that could transport listeners into other worlds.

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Admission is free. Seating in the park is open. Members of the audience may reserve front-row seating by bringing their own lawn chairs.

You may want to bring a picnic dinner to eat before the concert, or you may purchase meals from food trucks on site.

For more information about CHICO’s special summer concert please call (805) 987-7847.



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 directorThe orchestra includes more than fifty professional musicians from Ventura County. 

First flutist Mariana Smith  has performed all genres of music in various combinations from soloist to orchestral performer throughout Europe. She has been on the music faculty of Ventura College since her 1998. She has an active music studio and works as a freelance flutist, pianist and organist in both California and Britain.


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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


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. CLICK HERE for audition information.


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.



CHICO is a community resource that needs your support. We are looking for donors, 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.