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 designate

Conductor Laureate

Jeffrey Kahane

conductor laureate

creative advisor & composer-in-residence

Andrew Norman

creative advisor & composer-in-residence

Ellen Reid

creative advisor & composer-in-residence


Derrick Spiva Jr.

artist-educator & composer

sound investment composer

Sarah Gibson

2018-19 sound investment composer

Juan Pablo Contreras

2019-20 sound investment composer

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


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


2019-20 Orchestral Series

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s vibrant and engaging 2019-20 Orchestral Series showcases the ensemble’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of regal classics and music from today’s leading composers.

Bottled at the source

Juan Pablo Contreras, LACO’s on-deck Sound Investment composer, taps the wellspring of his Mexican heritage and the spirit of great nationalist composers in his latest work.

reframe & rearrange

LACO is working alongside Derrick Spiva Jr. — a classical music composer and LACO’s newly appointed artist-educator — to reimagine music education as an opportunity for youth to celebrate cultural differences.