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Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra


Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra enriches the cultural life of the Central Coast by performing music that is adventurous, challenging and not commonly available to our community in any other venue. Ensemble Monterey specializes in performing master works for chamber ensembles of 8-25 musicians and introducing great music, both old and new, in a wide variety of styles. Secondarily, Ensemble Monterey strengthens the cultural fabric of the Central Coast by providing and encouraging an avenue of creative expression for professional musicians and composers who are residents of the community. Ensemble Monterey provides welcoming access and exciting educational experiences to those audience members who might not otherwise consider classical music a relevant or available part of their lives.

The Big Idea

Ensemble Monterey offers opportunities for Monterey County residents to hear live, high-quality performances of rarely heard selections for small ensembles. They also provide local students with performance opportunities at a high level, allowing them to gain experience performing in front of a crowd. With a commitment to being accessible and welcoming to all, Ensemble Monterey offers discounted tickets to seniors, students and active members of the military, always at venues that are fully accessible. Their 28th annual concert season includes eight concerts, featuring music by Barber, Handel, Rutter and more, and also features a children’s choir and local soloists.

Ensemble Monterey concerts are always a joyful experience: the performance is tremendously high-quality, the musicians are phenomenal and conductor John Anderson is knowledgeable and always make sure the music is unique. I always look forward to attending their concerts.

- a patron of over 20 years

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.