Educational Outreach

HDCM Educational Outreach

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High Desert Chamber Music provides students of local schools 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 Summit High School, Mountain View High School, Bend Senior High School, High Desert Middle School, Sky View Middle School, Cascade Middle School, and Pilot Butte Middle School. 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.


Master Class with Martin Chalifour

High Desert Chamber Music is proud to present a Master Class featuring Martin Chalifour, Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Master Classes are beneficial and exciting for all those involved - the student musician receives valuable insight and personalized instruction that they can apply to their studies, and the audience can learn and experience how the master's advice improved or affected the student's performance.   Mr. Chalifour has been on the faculty of the University of Southern California for almost twenty years, and a frequent guest artist/instructor/lecturer for numerous organizations.

This event is presented in partnership with the American String Teacher's Association of Oregon.


(L-R) John Fawcett, Mateo Garza, Nicolas Oncken, Katie Palka

This event is free and open to the public.  

Spotlight Chamber Players

Congratulations to our 2016-17 Spotlight Chamber Players!

Jacob Lorenz (violin), Amy Wheeler (cello), Mateo Garza (violin) 

Established chamber musicians are leaders, responders, collaborators, and cooperators.  The Spotlight Chamber Players program was developed to provide a high level of chamber music instruction and is offered at no cost to the students selected.  This program is devoted exclusively to the study and performance of chamber music skills and techniques.  An emphasis is placed on listening to colleagues, and the intricacies of learning how your individual part fits with others.  The students accepted into the program are expected to prepare individual parts outside of rehearsals, commit to all scheduled performance opportunities, and attend all High Desert Chamber Music events, which is provided complimentary. 

The members receive weekly chamber group instruction with Isabelle LaForet Senger, as well as individual and group instruction with select visiting artists from the HDCM Concert Series, in conjunction with their appearance in Central Oregon.  The groups perform prior to many events in the HDCM Concert Series, and there are several compensated performance opportunities featuring the students in the community, including our Annual Gala and at locations such as Whispering Winds and the Franklin Crossing First Friday Art Walk.

Auditions are held in the Fall and are open to string players in grades 6-12 with at least three years of private instruction and intermediate to advanced levels of playing.  A one season commitment is required, and placement and type of ensemble will be determined after the application/audition process.  For more information, please click below.

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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
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David GilmoreDirector
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Patricia Rogers, Director

Francis Senger, Director
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Thomas WrightDirector

Board of Advisors

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Retired, Concertmaster Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


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