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.
Kaleidoscope is a conductorless orchestra dedicated to enriching lives through exhilarating concert experiences, artistic excellence, musician leadership, and connecting with the diverse communities of Los Angeles.
• 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.
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 and education
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.
We recently started a music education program at a title I elementary school in Culver City, providing music instruction to 200 students each week. With additional funding, we are planning to expand this program to other grades and other schools in the future. Not only do we want every child in Los Angeles to love listening to music, we want every child to have the opportunity to read, play, and write music, too.
Benjamin Mitchell, president
Alseyonne King, bookkeeper
Rob Janpanah, accountant
Peter Shin, graphics designer
Beth Beauchaump, web designer
Alex Granger, violin
Benjamin Hoffman, violin
Chiai Tajima, violin
Irene Kim, piano
Robert Walker, oboe
Nick Akdag, bassoon
Benjamin Mitchell, clarinet
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:
Joachim Becerra Thomsen
Edgar David Lopez
Stefan van Sant
Alex Rosale Garcia
Cristina Cutts Dougherty
Carlos Felipe Silva
Dae Hee Ahn
Maiani da Silva
Dong Nyouk Kim
Javier Iglesias Martin