Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
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The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra says Goodbye!

For forty years, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra has captivated Santa Barbara audiences with dazzling musical performances, but we now have to say goodbye.

We want to say a heartfelt and very sincere thank you to thousands who attended our concerts, to the many financial supporters who gave generously to keep the performances going, to the staff and volunteers for their great work and for their love and dedication to the Orchestra, and, of course, to the hundreds of musicians and our Maestro, Heiichiro Ohyama, who always made sure that “It’s always about the music.”

The funds we have at closing will be held by the Lobero Theatre Foundation to subsidize performances of chamber orchestra and chamber music as well as education. These funds will allow the facilities fee to be dropped for any chamber music presentation the Lobero approves.

The Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra


Ambrecht & Associates, Ann Jackson Family Foundation, Association of California Symphony Orchestras, Jacki Belt & Fred Clough, Bryant & Sons, California Art’s Council, Paula & Joe Campanelli, Chaucer’s Books, Community Dividends Program (Montecito Bank & Trust), Courthouse Legacy Foundation, Edward S. DeLoreto, Dr. Robert & Christine Emmons, Picture Perfect Photography; Louie Esquivel, Rosalind & Robert Fendon, Gelson’s Market, Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, Dr. Bernard Gondos, Robert Hanrahan, Hutton Parker Foundation, Linda L. Hedgepeth & Michael Millhollan, Jeannie’s Ceramic Studio, Connie & Richard Kennelly, Jill Dore Kent, Lois S. Kroc, Sherry & Don Lafler, Lobero Theatre Foundation, Toni & Roy Martinez, Keith Mautino, Esther & Patrick McKinley, Montecito Bank & Trust, Lois Moore, Kristen O’Donnell, Eric Oltmann & Susan Van Abel, Pence Winery, Ellen Pillsbury Fund, Ellen & John Pillsbury, Lisa & Richard Ross, Linda & Steve Rosso, Santa Barbara Auto Group, Santa Barbara Foundation, Towbes Foundation, Union Bank, Jo Beth Van Gelderen, Via Maestra 42, Katherine Wilbur & Greg Karayan



The SBCO gave lyricism and life to both the works by Mozart. Like finely crafted crystal, these pieces were specimens of proportion and light.”

—The SB Independent

We are fortunate to enjoy the quality performances which the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra brings to us.”

—Michael Towbes

As long-time supporters of SBCO we have seen the orchestra grow into the fine ensemble it is today. It plays a vital role in the cultural richness of this community.”

—Robert & Christine Emmons