The vision of St. Matthew’s Music Guild is to enrich, inspire and serve the Los Angeles community through the presentation of outstanding and innovative musical performances and educational activities.

Our mission includes the presentation of concerts by the critically-acclaimed Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s and guest artists, and engaging in outreach activities that include mentoring young players and presenting them in performance, commissioning and premiering new works from both established and lesser-known young composers, and offering performances to underserved communities in the Los Angeles area.


Music at St. Matthew's is one of the most respected music series in Los Angeles. With support from our subscribers and the entire Westside community, we offer first-rate programs by The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s—a critically acclaimed professional ensemble featuring many of the best orchestral and studio musicians in Los Angeles—as well as some of the finest guest artists from around the world.

The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's was formed in 1985 as a resident professional ensemble at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades, California. The 35 member ensemble has received critical acclaim for its stylish performances of music from all periods, and has been referred to as "a jewell in Westside [L.A.] musical life".

Since 1985, Music at St. Matthew's has presented more than 200 concerts, featuring solo performances by outstanding international artists, and by members of the orchestra itself.

The orchestra and St. Matthew's Music Guild are particularly proud of the more than 25 world premieres that have taken place over the years – many of which were of works commissioned by or for the Music Guild. Recently, the Guild has received support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the MacTon Foundation and many individual donors to continue its mission of commissioning and performing new music.

In June, 2013, the Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's recorded its second CD, "Music from the Left Coast", featuring works commissioned by the Music Guild and premiered by the orchestra. Works to be recorded include Christopher Tin's "Beber," Ola Gjeilo's "O Solitude," Ross Wright's "Concerto for Tenor Sax and Chamber Orchestra," and Dwayne S. Milburn's "Four Water Scenes."

In 2017, long-time music director and conductor Thomas Neenan stepped down and was elected President of the Board. For the 2017-2018 season, the orchestra was led by an interim conductor, Tomasz Golka. Starting with the 2018-2019 season, the orchestra's new music director and conductor, Dwayne S. Milburn, took up his baton.

Experience World-Class Music Close to Home

All concerts take place Fridays at 8 p.m. at St. Matthew's Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave. in Pacific Palisades – an easy drive from anywhere on the Westside.

  • No freeway traffic
  • Ample free parking
  • Nearby restaurants and cafes for pre-concert dining
  • Complimentary coffee and light dessert at intermission
  • Casual inviting atmosphere at a remarkable price

Forget the hassle of getting crosstown on a Friday night for a concert. Come to Pacific Palisades. Have a light supper in Brentwood, Malibu, Santa Monica, Topanga or the Palisades village and pop over to the St. Matthew's for an eight o'clock concert. (Find a nearby restaurant,)

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Board of Directors

  • Thomas Neenan, President
  • Fred Doering, Treasurer
  • John Graham, Secretary
  • Catherine Carrick
  • Mary Conley
  • Anne Costin
  • Gordon Dressler
  • Patricia Massey
  • John O’Reilly
  • Fred Simmons
  • Cynthia Alden Smith

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