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.
Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra provides a high quality venue for talented young performers (21 years or younger) who reside in Ventura County.
Every year, CHICO performs for the 4th graders in Ventura Unified School District serving approximately 1,500 children in this annual outreach. In the past, we have performed Peter and the Wolf and most recently, Musical Treats – Cooking with the Classics. Peter and the Wolf is a symphonic fairytale with narration that introduces children to the instruments used in the orchestra in fun and accessible way. Musical Treats is an original program that uses food to teach concepts of music and composition as ingredients in musical recipes. The musical menu consists of classical music and film music, as well as a PowerPoint to support the presentation that enriches the overall experience.
Thousands of CSUCI students and community vocalists have performed choral works with Channel Islands Choir and Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra.
You can always find members of CHICO performing in many different venues out and about Ventura County.
We provide Music Appreciation Activity Books to keep little people quiet during the performance. When the concert is over, children can ask questions of CHICO musicians and receive a Junior Music Aficionado badge.
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.