Pacific Chamber Orchestra is a regional, professional, chamber orchestra offering both a regular season of concerts and educational programs. The ensemble’s flexibility enables PCO to project intimate clarity and delicate nuance as well as great power and tonal richness. Founded in 1989 under the direction of Maestro Lawrence Kohl, PCO has performed in San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Napa’s Opera House, and Walnut Creek’s Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts. PCO is currently a resident company at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater and at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center in Lafayette. PCO welcomes requests for additional performances and educational programs.

Pacific Chamber Orchestra has it all: a dynamic conductor, brilliant musicians, beautiful music, and a friendly atmosphere. A California Bay Area-based 30 member orchestra, Pacific Chamber Orchestra’s intoxicating sound melds chamber music’s intimate clarity with instrumental variety and symphonic power. Since 1989, the Pacific Chamber Orchestra has performed over 400 different works in over 500 concert appearances. Pacific Chamber Orchestra has a season of 3 to 5 concerts sets with performances in San Francisco, Napa, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Pacific Chamber Orchestra educational programs have brought classical music to over 200,000 Bay Area children through full orchestra concerts for kids, Maestro visits to school classrooms, school assembly performances, master classes for music students, and training in our Tri-Valley Youth Orchestra. Pacific Chamber Orchestra has been honored to perform for significant occasions such as the United Nations’ 60th Anniversary World Concert Celebration held at Grace Cathedral in June 2005.

Pacific Chamber Orchestra Awards and Honors

  • PCO was one of four organizations in its budget category to be recognized by the U.S. Government’s National Endowment for the Arts and by the State of California’s California Arts Council for artistic excellence.
  • PCO has been honored to perform at the United Nations 60th Anniversary World Concert Celebration held at Grace Cathedral in June 2005.
  • PCO’s collaborative effort with AKQA resulted in a Silver Lion award at the 2013 Cannes International Advertising Festival.

Brilliant Baroque Concert Attendees at The Bankhead Theater in Livermore, California

Lawrence Kohl

Leslie & Basem Sarandah

Monica Kuhlander, Pamel Philbert, Sonya Sheffield

Monica & Ken Kuhlander

Denise Leddon

Susan & Brian Mayall

Susan Dupree

Kathy & Clark Streeter

Katie & Josh Amoroso

Kathy & Pat Coyle

PCO Board members. Pamela Philbert, Dick Givens, Monica Kuhlander, Sonya Sheffield

TJ Gilmartin

Pacific Chamber Orchestra Videos

Lawrence Kohl and The Pacific Chamber Orchestra

Pacific Chamber Orchestra Music Fundamentals School Assembly Program

Pacific Chamber Orchestra 2016