In 2014, a group of friends came together to form Picosa, a mixed chamber music ensemble comprised of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and composer-in- residence based jointly in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. Each season, Picosa presents concert programs of virtuosic music that showcase its signature symphonic sound with eclectic repertoire that crosses traditional boundaries of time and genres.
Picosa presents concert series jointly in Chicago and the Western Suburbs, with established residencies at North Central College and Elmhurst College. The ensemble has also presented dozens of performances at local concert and academic venues. Picosa has been featured on Live from WFMT with Kerry Frumkin, the Rush Hour Series at St James Cathedral, the Ear Taxi Festival performing composer-in- residence Jonathon Kirk’s Mechanical Birds written for the ensemble, The Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago, and Music Mondays at the Cultural Center of Chicago, among others. Picosa also premiered Augusta Read Thomas’s Scat, which was transcribed for the ensemble and is now published by G. Schirmer as the composer’s preferred version. Each season, the ensemble also showcases the music of local composers in numerous concerts.
With a belief in the power of music to lift up communities, Picosa remains committed to working with Hesed House, an organization which assists people rising out of homelessness. Picosa also established the Interludes Ensembles program which provides young and amateur musicians the opportunity to play in pre-concert performances. Picosa is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations to Picosa are tax deductible as charitable contributions.