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High Desert Chamber Music spotlight players


High Desert Chamber Music announces the following students were selected for this year’s Spotlight Chamber Players program: Paula Blanscett (cello), Mateo Garza (violin), Ben Kroeker (viola), Hannah Ortman (violin), Jonah Rosberg (cello), and Amy Wheeler (cello).

This program provides a high level of regular chamber music instruction to aspiring young musicians.

“We are pleased to be able to continue offering this program to two groups this season, made possible by a number of grants we received this year. Both the string quartet and cello duo will perform at upcoming events, and will be featured at concerts in the community as well,” states Executive Director Isabelle Senger.

This project is supported in part by grants from The Oregon Community Foundation, the Miller Foundation, the Autzen Foundation, and the U.S. Bank Foundation.

Auditions are held yearly, and open to violin, viola, cello, and bass students in grades 6-12 with three or more years of private study and intermediate to advanced levels of playing. This year’s students come from the private teaching studios of Diane Allen, Travis Allen, Julia Bastuscheck, Andy Kolb, and Sarah Ruzicka.

High Desert Chamber Music’s mission is to bring world class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon. Through our concert series and Educational Outreach programs, we aspire to heighten a level of awareness, appreciation, and understanding of this great genre of classical music.

Now in its sixth season, HDCM has presented a broad range of chamber groups, ranging from string trios to piano quintets. The next event in the season is a screening of “The All-Star Orchestra” on Saturday, January 25 at the Oxford Hotel.

HDCM 2013-2014 title sponsors include KQAK radio and KBNW Radio, the Pine Ridge Inn, the Norma Dubois & Julie Moe team at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, North Rim, Oxford Hotel, Hertz Car Sales of Bend, Pacific Painting, and the Tower Theatre Foundation.

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