We Are Lux

Bold. Dramatic. Visionary.

LUX is a bold new orchestra taking unprecedented steps toward creating a new performance aesthetic. We change the way audiences think about and experience symphonic music. Merging the worlds of high-energy performance and orchestral music, we create unparalleled musical experiences.

Bold, dramatic, visionary. LUX is a musical explosion of light, electronic mash-ups and uniquely inspired performance art, presenting the world’s most dramatic and revolutionary symphonic music in radical style.

Formed in 2016 by conductor, Brent Chancellor, LUX represents a new vision for symphonic music – one that engages audiences through immersive lighting, projections, amplification and a disruption of traditional performance etiquette. This is the new classical.  Learn More


To reimagine, redefine and create a new American orchestra experience.


To create a world where orchestras are a vital part of American culture, express the diverse variety of our musical heritage, and inspire humanity through music and art.

LUX is propelled by a vision to make orchestral music relevant to modern generations. We are devoted to redefining the American orchestra experience through reimagined performance, education, access, and artist development that expresses the diversity, variety and collective heritage of our shared experience.

By pushing boundaries, exploring new possibilities and creating an environment that is open, inclusive and accessible, we aim to inspire an appreciation for orchestral music that values diverse creative expression, authentic imagination and artistic excellence in the 21st century.


To shape the future through innovation, passion, and equality.

LUX is committed to diversity in music, institutions and the arts. LUX is anti-racist, inclusive and devoted to actions that elevate social equity, equal access and unprejudiced opportunity. We will shape the future through art, innovation, passion, and equality.

LUX Manifesto

"We are bold, dramatic, unruly visionaries. We are disrupters who will change the way audiences think about and experience symphonic music. There will be no black ties. There will be no stuffy speeches, and there will be no conventional performance etiquette. It will be electrifying. It will be dramatic. It will be spectacular.

Merging the worlds of high-energy performance and symphonic music, we will offer an unparalleled musical experience; a spectacle of light and rising-star musicians performing the world’s most dramatic music in revolutionary style. We are the new classical.

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The Orchestra

The LUX Initiative

We are a new ensemble with a big vision; to train the next generation of orchestral musicians and create a new aesthetic in orchestral performance.

The LUX Orchestra & Initiative is a professional training orchestra devoted to engaging new, young and diverse audiences and musicians. Our focus is to create an open and engaging aesthetic in orchestral performance that will drive the evolution of the performance medium while preparing musicians for the highest level of artistry demanded in professional settings. ›


What We Do

› Emerging Artist Development

Provide post-graduate performance and training opportunities for emerging professional musicians.

› Education & Access

Provide early access to orchestral experiences through innovative mixed-media programs and performance-art inspired education.

› Emerging Professionals

Cultivate opportunities for young professionals who will shape the next generation of executive and administrative leaders.

Artistic Leadership

Brent Chancellor

Artistic Director
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Aurora Mendez

Director of Artist Engagement
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John Kaefer

Composer In Residence
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Board of Directors

Freddy Aresenault
Tristan Aniceto
Brent Chancellor
Aurora Mendez

Artistic Advisory Committee

Zach Brock, GRAMMY Award winning violinist
John Kaefer, Composer
Ken Lam, Director of Orchestras, Tianjin Juilliard School

Ming Luke, Director, Blackburn Music Academy at Festival Napa Valley
Anthony Mazzocchi, Director, John J. Cali School of Music, multi-GRAMMY nominated music educator
Paul Nadler, Conductor, Metropolitan Opera

Joel Revzen, Conductor, Metropolitan Opera In Memorium
Weston Sprott, MET Orchestra
Martin West, Music Director, San Francisco Ballet
Philip Traugott, GRAMMY nominated producer, BMG, Decca, Naxos, Sony Classical


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