What is CICA?

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to providing vocal music education and performance opportunities in Ventura County.  Current projects are the CSU Channel Islands Choir and the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus.

The CSU Channel Islands Choir is a class that is offered at the university and is open to students, faculty and staff and the community. The students enjoy the benefit of singing with experienced choral singers and professional musicians.  Each semester, the choir performs at a venue in the community as well as on campus.  Each spring, the choir performs a major choral work with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra.

The PVSD Chorus is an afterschool program for elementary and middle school students.  Students rehearse once a week throughout the school year with many performance opportunities that may include: on-campus concert of the semester’s repertoire for friends and family; holiday caroling at the Camarillo Premium Outlets; the Camarillo Christmas Parade; the Daniel Pearl World Music Festival sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club in Camarillo.

December 3rd and 9th:

The CSU Channel Islands Choir will be performing
Trace History – African American Journeys Through Song”

Trace History – African American Journeys Through Song will trace African American history through traditional and modern spirituals as well as music influenced by them.  This program was designed by CSU Channel Islands Performing Arts Professor, Dr. KuanFen Liu, to further understanding of the complexity of human history and expression.  Performed by singers from the CSU Channel Islands Choir and conducted by Dr. Liu.

December 11th:

This year’s PVSD Chorus winter concert will be conducted by Kendra Abernathy and Jonas Lee, accompanied by Betty Nicholson, and with instrumentalists from Save Our Kids Music Youth Arts Academy.

Check out our Calendar of Events for details.


Past event:
Choral Spectacular 2018

This May, the CSU Channel Islands Choir and PVSD Chorus performed with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. Community singers from Ventura County and students of CSU Channel Islands have prepared for several months under the guidance of CICA Artistic Director Dr. KuanFen Liu, and students from the Pleasant Valley School District prepared under the direction of PVSD Chorus Music Director Daniel Newman-Lessler. They all came together in this year's great Choral Spectacular 2018.

“Five Mystical Songs" and "Dona Nobis Pacem" 
by R. Vaughan Williams


The CSU Channel Islands Choir

A unique class that brings together students, staff and faculty
of the university with community singers of all ages.


The PVSD Chorus

The Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) Chorus
A fun way to learn music through singing for grades 1-8.