About the SBCO

Celebrating the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

A Santa Barbara Tradition since 1978

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra celebrates 34 years this season, and the mission has remained the same: 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.

 _fcksavedurl=Founded in 1978 by Jeffrey Evans, a conducting student, the Chamber Orchestra had humble beginnings as a community orchestra performing in coffee houses and libraries, working its way to the Natural History Museum where we now hold our Chamber Players Series. After five years, Mr. Evans left the area to get his Ph.D. At that time our current Music Director, Heiichiro Ohyama took over and the direction of the Orchestra changed dramatically. Under Maestro Ohyama, the Chamber Orchestra has become an orchestra of professional musicians. Maestro Ohyama’s conducting and programming gifts have led the Chamber Orchestra to be known among many as the best artistic organization in Santa Barbara.

The level of musicianship held by our musicians and conductor is apparent in the number of world-renowned soloists the Chamber Orchestra has hosted over the years, many of whom return again and again due to the great artistic experience they have with the Chamber Orchestra. 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 graced the Lobero stage as guest soloist with the Chamber Orchestra. 

Many Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra musicians have gone on to other exciting musical endeavors. Sheryl Staples, Associate Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic is a former SBCO Concertmaster. Michelle Kim, who replaced Sheryl Staples’ position as SBCO Concertmaster, is now the Associate Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.  Current and past SBCO musicians also perform with the LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, and Santa Barbara Symphony.

The Chamber Orchestra continues to offer the community musically engaging experiences, with its five-concert subscription series at the Lobero Theatre, October through May. The Chamber Players Series, a two-concert chamber music series, features Maestro Ohyama performing as violist with members of the Chamber Orchestra, as well as guest artists.


"Long after the curtains are drawn and the performance has ended, the experience lives with you and continues to inform your daily life. Seeing a fine performance can change your perspective on the world."

- Michael Towbes, Santa Barbara Philanthropist

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH

ORGANIZATION 

 

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. 

 

POSITION SUMMARY 

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. 

APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES 

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 

Email SBCO@ArtsConsulting.com 

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!

Contribute

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.

Volunteer

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.