Mission/Vision & History


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 appreciation, awareness, and understanding of this great genre of classical music.



The vision of High Desert Chamber Music is to be recognized as the leader and premier resource of chamber music opportunities in the region.  The reputation of HDCM will be one that competes on a national level, and attracts leading performers to Central Oregon.  We envision:

  • Every performance or event will be of the highest artistic quality and caliber

  • Every concert-goer will have a better understanding or appreciation of classical music

  • Every student interested in furthering their understanding of music will be welcomed at little to no cost


What is chamber music?

Chamber music is generally written for a small group of instruments, with no conductor, and only one performer to a part.  At its heart lies a unique nexus between the spirit of collaboration and the expertise of the individual performer.  Each musician controls an integral part of the performance and demands that they engage in a close musical dialogue with the other performers.  Their collective instinct, experience, knowledge, and talent guide the process of interpreting, rehearsing, and performing.  Some of history's greatest composers used chamber music as a vehicle to create their most profound and important works.  Although string quartets overshadow other chamber music combinations in popularity, there are a tremendous variety of instrumental groupings.  String trios and string sextets, piano trios, and piano quintets are but a few of the combinations you will get to experience through High Desert Chamber Music.

This organization uses live performance to celebrate and promote classical music.  Music is the first thing you will hear when you enter the venue, and the last thing you will hear before you leave.  We believe that music speaks for itself, and make every effort to instill this respect for the music, in our audiences.



High Desert Chamber Music was founded in 2008 by violinist Isabelle LaForet Senger.  We present an acclaimed series of classical chamber music concerts in Central Oregon, ranging from string duos to piano quintets. As the premier and leading chamber music organization in the region, HDCM offers an exciting roster of professional performing artists. We are proud to be a local organization presenting a national level of excellence.

In addition to the HDCM Concert Series, we present an Annual Benefit Gala, which is our largest fundraising effort of the season.  The evening includes a performance, dinner, and silent auction.  We have been fortunate to receive a tremendous amount of support from local businesses and have worked hard to strengthen and solidify our place in the community.  Another event we present during the season is “Music & Friends”.  These performances are a great way to experience the origins of how “chamber music” began – you and your friends can enjoy a private performance in a personal residence paired with wine provided by HDCM.

Educational Outreach is a critical component of HDCM.  We provide students with direct contact to the guest performers through performances and Q&A sessions at string orchestra classes.  This has been a great and rare opportunity for students to interact with visiting professional musicians in an informal setting.  In addition, we provide complimentary tickets to our performances for the string orchestra programs of local schools.  In doing so, we hope to expose young children to the highest levels of music performance, and cultivate an interest that can lead to a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of the performing arts.

Since inception, our programs have been funded in part by grants from prestigious foundations such as the Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Collins Foundation, Herbert Templeton Foundation, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Juan Young Trust, Pacific Power Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, and the Deschutes Cultural Coalition.  Our title sponsors include Mission Building and Renovation, Horizon Broadcasting Group, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, German Master Tech, Neil Kelly, and Pure Care Dental.  Additional support comes from BendBroadband, the Tower Theatre Foundation, Creative Images of Life, and Hertz Car Sales of Bend.


Isabelle LaForet Senger
Founder & Executive Director

Melissa Eaton
Administrative Assistant

Janet Smith
Event Coordinator

Board of Directors

Donald Fisher, President

Betsy Warriner, Secretary

Richard Samco, Treasurer

Matt Falkenstein, Director
Shevlin Dental Center

David GilmoreDirector
Coldwell Banker Morris

Patricia Rogers, Director

Francis Senger, Director
Mission Building

Thomas WrightDirector

Board of Advisors

Mark L. Mintz, Member
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Phillip Ruder, Member
Retired, Concertmaster Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


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