Young Artists Auditions

Annual Youth Concerts

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.

We will accept new submissions in early 2022. Please check back here for more info or contact 

In January 2020 Daniel Yao performed Violin Concerto No. 2, Henryk Wieniawski, 1st movement; Esther Kim performed Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 by Camille St. Säens; Manas Khatore performed Shostakovitch Piano Concerto No. 2,  Dmitri Shostakovitch, 1st movement;  Joanne Ma performed Violin Concerto No. 3, Opus 61 by Camille St. Säens;  Samuel Wu performed Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052, 1st movement;  Jhessenia Swingler performed “Chacun le said”, Gaetano Donizetti, and “Lascia ch’io pianga”, G.F. Handel.; Skyler Lee performed Symphonie Espagnole by Edouard Lalo, 1st Movement.

Daniel Yao, Violin


Ester Kim


Manas Khatore


Joanne Ma, Violin


Samuel Wu, Piano


Jhessenia Swingler, Soprano


Skyler Lee, Violin






In January 2019, Youth Soloist Stephen Saw performed Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor (1st mvt); Noah Laber performed Marcello Oboe Concerto in C minor (2nd mvt); and David Shiang performed Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G minor (1st mvt). Daniel Newman-Lessler guest conducted. 

David Shiang


Stephen Saw


Noah Laber



In January 2017, Peter Glass performed J.S. Bach’s  Piano concerto in A Major; Rebecca Beerstein performed Bruch’s Violin concerto No.1 in G minor; Angela Marvin performed Lalo’s Cello concerto in D minor and Ashley Wong and Celena Hu performed Krommer’s  Concerto for 2 clarinets in Eb Major.

Peter Glass                                   Rebecca Beerstein                  Angela Marvin


Ashley Wong                                                            Celena Wu

In January 2016, Kaytlyn Becker performed Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach and Alexa Constantine performed the Piano Concerto Op. 16 in A Minor by Edvard Grieg.

Elise Goodman, Kaytln Becker, Liu


Alexa Constantine, KuanFen Liu

In January 2015, David Gatchel performed the first movement of Prokokiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Madeline Offerman performed the first movement of Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1, Soprano Haley Slade sang Offenbach’s Doll’s Aria and Gershwin’s Summertime and Baritone Adam Hedelund performed Gluck’s Che faro senza Euridice from Orpheus and Schubert’s Ave Maria.

David Gatchel, KuanFen, Madeline Offerman, Adam Hedelund

In January 2014, Alec Allee-Munoz performed Grieg A minor Piano Concerto (1st movement), Holly Redford performed Bach Violin Concerto in A minor (3rd movement) and Catherine Ruan performed Beethoven Romance No. 2.

In January 2013, pianist Joyce Seok, soprano Emma Vielbig and cellist Cole Syverson performed (Strauss, Mozart, Bach, Puccini, Saint-Saëns)

In January 2011, pianists David Satchel  and Alexa Constantine, and violinist Edaan Byle performed Chopin, Kabalevsky & Dvorak.

In November 2010, violinist Will Duke, pianist Joseph Vielbig and tenor Brian Ybarra performed (Mozart, Schubert, di Cupua)