Vision

We envision a world where our commitment to a collaborative artistic process results in profound orchestral performances that inspire people to pursue cooperation and artistry in their own creative, professional, and personal lives. 

Mission

Kaleidoscope is a conductorless chamber orchestra dedicated to enriching lives through exhilarating concert experiences, artistic excellence, musician leadership, and connecting with the diverse communities of Los Angeles.

Core values

• We believe that our collective of musicians has ideas that are worthy of respect and consideration; that each member has a voice worth hearing; that every person, given the chance and tools, can help to create great art.
• We believe that pursuing a democratic process within the orchestra will improve the quality of the performance, fulfill the collective vision of the ensemble, and create a unique experience not found in traditional orchestras.
• We believe in developing an infrastructure that supports, empowers, and values its musicians.
• We believe in bringing our performances and artistic process to audiences who have little or no exposure to symphonic music with the belief that the experience will enrich the lives of both the audience and the performers. 

Artistic Intent

We perform orchestral music that speaks profoundly to our community and is both representative of its time and timeless, whether written today or centuries ago. We stretch the boundaries for what is thought possible without a conductor, both by musicians and audiences, to allow us all to grow through the process. We regularly collaborate with living composers because their music represents our time. We design programs that explore less conventional concert experiences and allow audiences to feel more personally connected to music and the musicians who perform it.

Community Engagement

Kaleidoscope is committed to music education for all ages and is happy to offer a 'pay what you can' model to eliminate the barrier of a set ticket price. We want everyone in Los Angeles to have the opportunity to experience great classical music in person by a professional orchestra, think about what that experience means, and pay what makes them happy. We also perform many additional free concerts in schools, hospitals, shelters, and other underserved parts of our community.

 

Board

Benjamin Mitchell, President
Brent Kuszyk, Treasurer
Matt Stodder
 

Musicians who have performed with Kaleidoscope include members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and many recent graduates of leading music schools including the Colburn School, Curtis Institute, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, and Yale University.

*All musicians rotate principal and section positions. Past performers with Kaleidoscope include:

FLUTE

Alexandra Miller
Amy Tatum
Catherine Baker
Gina Luciani
Joachim Becerra Thomsen
Johanna Borenstein
Katherine Standefer
Michael Matsuno
Rachel Mellis
Sandy Hughes
Sara Andon

OBOE

Claire Brazeau
Gabrielle Castriotta
Jennifer Johnson
Jessica Pearlman
Marissa Honda
Michelle Feng
Nick Tisherman
Rachel VanAmburgh
Robert Walker
Rong-Huey Liu
Zach Pulse

CLARINET

Benjamin Mitchell
Edgar David Lopez
Kelsi Doolittle
Margreet Houtman
Micah Wright
Phil O’Connor
Stefan van Sant
Sérgio Coelho

BASSOON

Alex Rosale Garcia
Andrew Klein
Jonathan Stehney
Jordan Brokken
Leah Kohn
Nick Akdag
Tommy Morrison
William May

HORN

Aija Mattson
Alex Laskey
Allen Fogel
Amy Sanchez
AnneMarie Cherry
Annie Bosler
Brad Warnaar
David Cripps
Dylan Hart
Elizabeth Upton
Emily Lair
Lisa McCormick
Martin Mangrum
Nate Udell
Rachel Hockenberry
Sara Ford
Teag Reeves

TRUMPET

Aaron Smith
Daniel Rosenboom
Hayato Tanaka
Jean Laurenz
Jonah Levy
Josh Rogan
Lucas Lipari-Mayer
Michael Harper
Mike Davis
Nathan Johnson
Nicholas Robson
Nicolas Bejarano

TROMBONE

Alex Iles
Callan Milani
Daniel Lawlor
Jared Dickerson
Kurt Ferguson
Lori Stuntz
Matthew Evans
Nathan Stearns
Noah Gladstone
Sean Pawling

TUBA

Blake Cooper
Cristina Cutts Dougherty
Luke Storm

 

 

VIOLIN

Adrianne Pope
Ai Nihira
Alex Russell
Alex Granger
Ambroise Aubrun
Aya Kiyonaga
Caitlin Kelley
Carlos Felipe Silva
Caroline Ewan
Chelsea Sharpe
Chiai Tajima
Emerson Millar
Jackie Suzuki
Jason Issokson
Madalyn Parnas
Maiani da Silva
Mann-Wen Lo
Margeaux Maloney
Mina Hong
Nicole Sauder
Nigel Armstrong
Niv Ashkenazi
Philip Marten
Reina Inui
Stephanie Pak
Usha Kapoor

VIOLA

Ben Bartelt
Ben Chilton
Cassie Drake
Cynthia Blanchon
Diana Wade
Evan Antes
Jason Bonham
Michael Chang
Molly Gebrian
Sharon Ray
Stefan Smith
Timothy Richardson
Virginie D’Avezac
Xander Knecht

CELLO

Annie Jacobs-Perkins
Armen Ksajikian
Clement Chow
Coleman Itzkoff
Frédéric Rosselet
Javier Iglesias
Jonathan Flaksman
Josué Valdepeñas
Juliette Herlin
Mia Barcia-Colombo
Michael Kaufman
Nora Doyle
Qiele Guo
Rainer Crosett
Robert deMaine

BASS

Ben Crofut
David Perryman
Eric Shetzen
Eric Windmeier
Kevin Gobetz
Levi Jones
Ryan Baird
Scott Worthington
Will Cravy
William Wasson

HARP

Charissa Barger
Emily Klein
Koni Choi

PIANO

Alex Zhu
Brendan White
Luis Reyes
Nic Gerpe

PERCUSSION

Ben Phelps
Derek Twoniuk
Dorothy Micklea
Drew Talley
Elizabeth Kosko
Jennifer Marasti
Kevin Schlossman
Michael Basak
Nick Stone
Sidney Hopson
Yuri Inoo