Pak appeared as guest conductor with the orchestra in January and November 2005. He is currently in his seventh season as music director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Previous experience includes conducting the San Diego Symphony from1997 to 2002; he has also served as music director at the University of Southern California Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Pak replaces Donald Barra, who founded the San Diego Chamber Orchestra in 1984 and retired last season. The ensemble is San Diego County's resident chamber orchestra and performs in multiple venues throughout the area. They have released seven recordings on Koch International.