Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 as an artistic channel for film and recording studios’ most gifted musicians.

One of the country’s finest chamber orchestras, LACO is renowned as the most passionate orchestra of its kind and invites everyone – first-timers and devoted listeners alike – to revel in its joyful and beautiful music.

Music Director

Jaime Martín

music director

Conductor Laureate

Jeffrey Kahane

conductor laureate

creative advisor & composer-in-residence

Ellen Reid

creative advisor + composer-in-residence

Artistic Advisor

Derrick Spiva Jr.

artistic advisor + composer

sound investment composer

Peter S. Shin

2020/21 Sound Investment Composer

violin 1

Margaret Batjer


Director of Chamber Music

Tereza Stanislav

assistant concertmaster

violin 2

Josefina Vergara

principal violin II

Sarah Thornblade

associate principal violin II




David Grossman

principal bass


Claire Brazeau

principal oboe
Allan Vogel Chair, endowed by the Henry Family




David Washburn

principal trumpet


JoAnn Turovsky

principal harp


Patricia Mabee

principal keyboard


Wade Culbreath

principal percussion

personnel manager

Ryan Sweeney

personnel manager


LA Orchestra Fellows

Myles Yeazell

LA orchestra fellow: cello

Wilfred Farquharson

LA orchestra fellow: viola

Jay Julio Laureta

LA orchestra fellow: viola

Malik Taylor

LA orchestra fellow: horn

Composer Teaching Artist Fellows

Sakari Dixon Vanderveer

Composer Teaching Artist Fellow

Christian Cruz

Composer Teaching Artist Fellow

Akshaya Avril Tucker

Composer Teaching Artist Fellow

Nina Shekhar

Composer Teaching Artist Fellow

Orchestral Series

Join "America's finest chamber orchestra" for a seven concert series that showcases the ensemble’s trademark mix of regal classics and music from today’s leading composers.

Baroque Conversations

Explore the genesis of the Baroque repertoire with this three concert series. Legendary musicians introduce the works from the stage and engage the audience in short, compelling talks.

In Focus: Beethoven

Margaret Batjer curator

Join concertmaster Margaret Batjer for a three concert series of remarkable chamber works by one of the most recognized and influential musicians of any period: Beethoven.