About Us


About Us

Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra is a consortium of local professional musicians in the greater Monterey Bay Area.  We are a 501(3)c non-profit organization. Tax ID #77-0400760.

Our Mission

EMCO seeks to make classical music a powerful and relevant force for audiences of all ages. We are dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the California Central Coast through local artists performing adventurous, exciting, innovative music, not otherwise available to our community.


Ensemble Monterey was founded in February of 1992,  Over the past 24 years, Ensemble Monterey has specialized in presenting local, regional and world premiere performances, including works by local composers written especially for Ensemble Monterey. Recent concert seasons have featured three world premiers and five regional premiers. In the last few seasons, the ensemble has performed works commissioned especially for Cantiamo! Chamber Choir, Cabrillo Youth Chorus, and Ensemble Monterey.

This melding of separate performing groups into a single integrated performance resulted in unique musical experiences for the performers and  listeners. Audiences, performing musicians, and critics have responded enthusiastically to “new” music of all types from all musical eras. One prominent critic has described Ensemble Monterey as the”…Peninsula’s unique musical treasure.”

Our Wish

The society of the 21st century moves at warp speed. We are frequently in a reactive state with little time for relaxation and contemplation. And we are often pulled away from the connections of community with our technological trappings. Listening to music in a live concert experience allows us to slow down, to think, to let our imaginations go deep and enables us to share a connection with our community.  Come join us and celebrate the conflict, euphoria, frustration, joy, tragedy happiness and complexity of the human condition as embodied through music.