Chamber Music Northwest

The mission of Chamber Music Northwest is: to inspire listeners through concerts celebrating the richness and diversity of chamber music, performed by artists of the highest caliber. We value: Producing programs of the highest artistic quality, innovating while honoring the traditional repertoire, and performing in first class venues; Championing the intimacy of the chamber music experience; Collaborating with other organizations.

Chamber Music Northwest
522 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Suite 920
Ste 920
Portland, OR 97204
United States
(503) 223-3202
http://www.cmnw.org

Executive Director

Linda Magee

Board of Directors

Linda Magee, Katherine King, Elizabeth Harcombe, Rebekah Phillips, Seth Truby, David Shifrin, Bill Dameron, Karen Deveney, Monique Hawthorne, William Langley, Barbara Sepenuk, Jacqueline Bloom, Keith Cheng, Stuart Harris, Zachary Hyder, Ivan Inger, Meghan Moran, Jeremy Sacks, Erik Skarstad, Peter van Bever

Project Leaders

Seth Truby

Mission

The mission of Chamber Music Northwest is: to inspire listeners through concerts celebrating the richness and diversity of chamber music, performed by artists of the highest caliber. We value: Producing programs of the highest artistic quality, innovating while honoring the traditional repertoire, and performing in first class venues; Championing the intimacy of the chamber music experience; Collaborating with other organizations.

Programs

Our annual Summer Festival presents 30+ concerts in five weeks, and 45+ free events: pre-concert talks, open rehearsals and outreach performances. Our new Protege Project, launched in 2010, brings young professional musicians for intensive coaching and performing, along with outreach and teaching activities.CMNW's highest priority is to produce concerts and chamber music programming of the highest artistic quality; everything we do is with the commitment to ensure that we achieve this goal. Artistic director since 1980 has been clarinetist David Shifrin, who also served as the artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1992-2004. Through his extensive contacts with some of the nation's finest musicians, CMNW creates its performances through the concept of a flexible ensemble of musicians (strings, winds, piano, voice), to provide maximum potential for a rich, broad variety of repertoire. The artists invited to CMNW have distinguished solo careers, and/or represent some of the world's leading performing ensembles and recording artists, such as Orpheus, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. As outlined in our 2009-2012 strategic plan, we have set clear artistic goals for CMNW that keep the bar set very high. We want to ensure that CMNW continues to attract the very best classical music artists; we must therefore provide a top-quality experience for these artists, which involves competitive fees and excellent performance venues. We also want CMNW to be seen as the organization in the Northwest which can be relied upon to present innovative musical projects that stretch audiences as well provide listeners with favorite mainstream repertoire. We have found that our efforts to challenge our audiences with more unusual and adventuresome programming - as in our January 2008 Carter-Messiaen Festival, and our February 2011 Music on Jewish Themes concert - help us attract new audience members to CMNW. This is clearly the right path to follow to build audiences for the future, and a win-win situation. Engaging, diverse programming is part of a larger issue that intersects with artistic mission and organizational vitality. We firmly believe that keeping CMNW financially and organizationally strong directly impacts artistic vitality and helps fulfill our broad artistic vision. Examples of 2012 programming to further our mission are: the world premiere of a clarinet quintet by Pulitzer-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis; a week residency by the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet in varied repertoire; the young trio "Time for Three" performing an eclectic mix of classical, jazz and bluegrass; and a new artistic collaboration with BodyVox, fusing original choreography, dance and live music. A brief overview of our audience development and outreach programs includes crafting innovative new marketing strategies to engage and involve new ticket-buyers, and strengthening our relationships with local music education and social service groups to increase access and deepen impact. In audience development, we are partnering with Intel's Great Place to Work program for the largest group sale in the history of CMNW (500 tickets this summer), and we hope to continue and expand on this in future years. We are also working with Young Professionals of Portland to invite its members to one of our Protege Club Concerts, a more informal event which should appeal especially to this group. A renewed focus on our outreach and community engagement efforts recently has resulted in a substantial increase in student attendance at our concerts, with attendance by members Ethos Music, Community Music Center, Minds Matter, and area youth music programs. In addition, we are establishing stronger ties with the Portland Youth Philharmonic and PSU Music Department, for greater and more in-depth educational collaborations throughout the year; these conversations are still in process and we expect to announce plans soon. We are also exploring a possible pilot project with several community partners for an ensemble-based intensive music education program for at-risk children using the phenomenally successful model of El Sistema, founded in Venezuela in 1975.

Statistics on Chamber Music Northwest

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $1,233,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $1,263,581
  • Other funding sources: We have a 50-50 balance between earned revenue and contributed income: approx. 38% is met by ticket revenues, and interest and endowment income provides 12% more. The 50% balance of contributed income is spread across a healthy base of individual donors (32%), foundations (11%), businesses (4%) and government grants (6%).
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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