Channel Island Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) touches the lives of thousands of Ventura County residents through programs that encourage music appreciation and music participation. Our purpose is to build future audiences and enrich the lives of the very young and young at heart.

Young Artists Competition
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Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra provides a high quality venue for talented young performers (21 years or younger) who reside in Ventura County. 

School Programs

CHICO presents Peter & the Wolf to 4th grade audiences in collaboration with the Ventura Unified School District.

Channel Islands Choir


Thousands of CSUCI students and community vocalists have performed choral works with Channel Islands Choir and Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra.

Out & About

You can always find members of CHICO performing in many different venues out and about Ventura County.

Activity Books for Kids

We provide Music Appreciation Activity Books to keep little people entertained during the performance. When the concert is over, children can ask questions of CHICO musicians and receive a Junior Music Aficionado badge.


Past Lecture Series

The Channel Islands Orchestral Suite by Ashley Broder was commissioned by Dr. KuanFen Liu and CHICO in 2017. The composition was premiered last Fall  2019.  The lecture series, with guest biologist, William Hoyer, introduced the program through the eyes of the composer, performers and advocates.