Free Concert Seats for Families

The 2013-2014 Free Concert Seats for Families program, now in its sixth season, provides students (ages 6 to 18) from any financial background an opportunity to attend any of our five regular season concerts with their parents/guardians for FREE! This is a unique program, in that it offers young people the thrilling experience of attending a live classical performance with their family in a real concert-going atmosphere. Where some programs only hold separate concerts for youth audiences, our program educates students about music, as well as concert etiquette, in an "official" performance setting.

"Classical music is so much more fun and exciting when it's live!" - Caroline, 10th grader

"Thanks for offering this to families. It really is a treat and it inspires our kids to learn & enjoy instruments and the beauty of playing concerts together. It's heavenly!" - Holly E.

"My sons and I love attending the concerts. Thank you for the opportunity!" - Beatrice B.

"My kids loved it! Especially Mozart and Beethoven, two classics! Thanks again!" - Nancy B.

"Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. Our kids are very appreciative." 
- Andrea H.

"Thank you for this opportunity. As a single mother, I really appreciate the chance to expose my daughter to music in this form! We received tickets for Peter and the Wolf and we loved it!" - Ana L.

"Thanks again for hosting this wonderful program! The children enjoyed it so much and can't wait to go again!" - Deena S.


Reserve your tickets online HERE!! 


We thank the following SPONSORS for their support of this program: Montecito Bank & Trust. 

Are YOU interested or do you know...a family that would be interested in our Free Concerts Seats for Families program? If you do, please ask them to contact the Director of Artistic Operations/Families Program Manager at 966-2441 or Thank you!

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is proud to provide world-class music to Santa Barbara kids! Our goal is to keep the children of our community musically inspired through engaging and affordable concert and educational opportunities. 


Concert Etiquette Tips

What should I wear?

You will see anything from business casual to formal evening attire at one of our concerts. You should wear what you feel comfortable in, but try to avoid wearing clothing with holes, rips, or tears.

When should I arrive?

All of our shows start at 7:30pm. It is always good to arrive at least 30 minutes early. This gives you enough time to park, get your tickets, explore the theater, mingle with other guests, and then find your seats. Remember that you need to pick up your tickets before 7:15pm. After 7:15pm, we can no longer guarantee the tickets.

Where do I pick up my tickets?

Your tickets will be waiting for you at a table marked "Families' Tickets" in front of the Lobero Theatre. They will be under the name of the person who reserved them.

Can I bring my cell phone or camera?

You may bring your cell phone or pager into the theater, but please make sure that it is either OFF or SILENCED. Picture taking during the performance is strictly PROHIBITED.

How will I know when to clap?

Sometimes it can be a little confusing knowing when to clap during a classical concert. It is traditional to clap only at the ends of entire works. Some pieces like symphonies and concertos have multiple parts called "movements" usually with pauses in between. These movements are indicated in your program, which allows you to follow along. You should wait until all of the movements have been played and then clap. If you are in doubt, just clap when the rest of the audience does!






The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) celebrates 34 years of exemplary music making with a mission that has remained the same over the years - to maintain a Chamber Orchestra in Santa Barbara that is of the highest artistic quality possible, to produce the finest music heard in Santa Barbara, and to perform well-known repertoire as well as music written in this century. 

Founded in 1978 by Jeffrey Evans, a conducting student, the Chamber Orchestra had humble beginnings as a community orchestra performing in coffee house and other venues in Santa Barbara. Five years later Heiichiro Ohyama became Music Director and the direction of the SBCO changed dramatically. Under Maestro Ohyama, the SBCO become an orchestra of professional musicians and his conducting and programming gifts have led the SBCO to be known among many as the best artistic producing organization in the Santa Barbara area. Critically acclaimed pianists such as Alessio Bax, Tong Il Han, Wu Han, Jerome Lowenthal, David Golub, Yefim Bronfman, and André Michel Schub, violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Mark Kaplan, and Kyoko Takezawa, and cellists Lyn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, and Carter Brey have appeared as guest soloists with the SBCO. Many Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra musicians have gone on to other exciting musical endeavors. Current and past SBCO musicians perform with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, St Louis Symphony, and Santa Barbara Symphony. 

Maestro Ohyama’s experience includes Artistic Director of the La Jolla Music Society's “SummerFest” from 1986-97, Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from 1991-97, the Principal Chief Conductor of Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan from 1999-2004 and the Osaka Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2008. Maestro Ohyama was Music Director of the Nagasaki Music Festival from 2007-2009. He was also Professor of Music at University of California since 1973 to 2003. In 2005, he received the ‘Fukuoka City Cultural Prize’ and in 2008, ‘Outstanding Performance Award’ by the Japanese Government. 

With an orchestra comprising 30 musicians, the SBCO offers the community musically engaging experiences with its five-concert subscription series at the newly renovated Lobero Theatre, one of Santa Barbara’s architectural treasures. SBCO performs October through May, with an audience capacity of 600 per concert. The Chamber Players Series, a two-concert chamber music series, features Maestro Ohyama performing as violist with members of the SBCO, as well as guest artists. 



Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director supervises and directs all aspects of Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s operations and is responsible for the consistent achievement of the organization’s mission. The Executive Director will be the chief spokesperson for the Chamber Orchestra, holding the organization’s mission, vision and values as a guide while maintaining excellent relationships with SBCO’s Board, donors, and audience, as well as the Santa Barbara community with a goal of continuing the organization’s growth of donors and patrons. The scope of responsibility includes oversight of all aspects of the organization, including, budget, brand building & marketing, ticket sales and audience development, fund development, contract negotiations with musicians and venues, external relations, and the overall operational, financial, and administrative management. 


Send letter and resume, electronic submissions preferred, with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to: 


Ms. Laurie Dowling 

Arts Consulting Group, Inc. 

8581 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 406 

Los Angeles, CA 90069-4120 

Tel (323) 721.0141 ext. 7 

Cell (562) 547.6052 

Fax (323) 936.1196 


Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer





The Supper Club Experience

A special evening of delicious food and excellent music!

Before every concert, we invite you and your friends to enjoy the Supper Club, a delicious hot supper served buffet-style. Supper Club is a great place to make new friends, chat with current friends, and engage with other chamber music aficionados. We look forward to meeting you!

Food and beverage service starts at 6:00pm to give you plenty of time to get into the concert hall for the 7:30pm concert. 

Make your reservation now by calling the SBCO office at: 966-2441.

Get Involved and Keep the Music Playing!


The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra depends more upon donations from individuals than any other source of income. Ticket sales alone do not cover the wonderful music provided by Maestro Ohyama and our world-class musicians. Please join us and help support this local treasure by calling: 966-2441.


The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra relies on its Volunteers to help create an unforgetable experience for our patrons. If you would like to help craft that unique musical experience, please contact us.