Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 to fill a gap in Los Angeles’ music offerings and as an artistic channel for film and recording studios’ most gifted musicians. LACO’s unique size provides the flexibility to present more diverse programming.

Playful and passionate,the Orchestra’s 25-40 musicians (depending on the performance) play strings, woodwinds, and percussion instruments to produce a full and rich sound with a repertoire widely recognized for its exciting musicality.

Music Director

Jaime Martín

music director designate

Conductor Laureate

Jeffrey Kahane

conductor laureate

creative advisor & composer-in-residence

Andrew Norman

creative advisor & composer-in-residence


Derrick Spiva Jr.

artist-educator and composer

2018-19 sound investment composer

Sarah Gibson

2018 — 19 sound investment composer

violin 2

Josefina Vergara

Principal Violin 2

Sarah Thornblade

Associate Principal Violin 2




David Grossman

Principal Bass



Claire Brazeau

Principal Oboe
Allan Vogel Chair, endowed by the Henry Family


Joshua Ranz

Principal Clarinet


Kenneth Munday

Principal Bassoon


David Washburn

Principal Trumpet


JoAnn Turovsky

Principal Harp


Patricia Mabee

Principal Keyboard


Wade Culbreath

Principal Percussion

LA Orchestra Fellows

Sydney Adedamola

LA Orchestra Fellow: violin

Ayrton Pisco

LA orchestra fellow: violin

Bradley Parrimore

LA Orchestra Fellow: viola

Juan-Salvador Carrasco

LA Orchestra Fellow: cello

personnel manager

Ryan Sweeney

Personnel Manager


S E S S I O N spiva

Produced in collaboration with Four Larks, SESSION featured the world premiere of The Body Overcome by Derrick Spiva Jr, hindustani vocalist Saili Oak, a US premiere by composer Juan Pablo Contreras and works by Conor Brown, Salina Fisher and Reena Esmail.

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Sound Investment

Have you ever listened to a favorite symphony and wondered what shaped the composer’s ideas? How the orchestra players reacted upon first reading the new score? How the composer felt as musicians finally gave sonic life to notes on paper?

You can get answers when you commission a new work of music through Sound Investment.

LA Orchestra Fellowship

The LA Orchestra Fellowship is a two-year orchestra intensive for musicians on violin, viola, and cello.

Fellows are mentored in chamber and orchestral performance and gain invaluable experience while training and playing alongside Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra musicians, faculty at USC Thornton and mentor members of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.