Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra is a member of League of American Orchestras. Founded in 1942, the league is celebrating 75 years as the only national organization dedicated to advancing the orchestral experience for all.
Ventura First United Methodist is an 80-year-old Spanish-style church with one of the best acoustic spaces in the City. Located at 1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001, the FUMC sanctuary is CHICOs home base and the place where it was founded. CHICO performances in Ventura are generally held on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm.
The Channel Islands Choral Association is part of CSUCI’s Performing Arts Program, which includes CSUCI students, staff and local singers admitted by audition.
CHICO performs Peter and the Wolf for children at Ventura Unified School District and Pleasant Valley School District. This work is a symphony with narration that was designed to introduce children to the instruments used in orchestral music. Each character in the story is represented by a different instrument and musical theme. VUSD serves 29 schools in Ventura and PVSD serves 17 schools in Camarillo. CHICO performs for all of the fourth-graders in each district, approximately 1,500 children total.
CHICO is grateful to the Music Teacher’s Association of California (Pleasant Valley-Ventura County Branch) for the use of their marvelous Bösendorfer concert grand piano. MTAC’s piano has 92 keys instead of 88. The Bösendorfer (model 225) is considered to be the Rolls-Royce of pianos for its dark, rich sound and exquisite craftsmanship. The MTAC acquired the instrument in 2009, through individual donations and combined efforts of organizations that support music in Ventura County.
Ventura County Orchestra Alliance was formed to share information and resources. It’s a great place for enthusiasts and budding musicians to find out about symphonic orchestral performances in our area. Many performances are free of charge and count as “attending a concert for class credit” at local High Schools.