((L-R) Spotlight Chamber Players Matthias Santucci, Ezra Oncken and Nicolas Oncken | Photo courtesy of High Desert Chamber Music)
High Desert Chamber Music (HDCM) presents the members of their Educational Outreach program, the Spotlight Chamber Players, in a number of free concerts for the community. This program provides a high level of regular chamber music instruction to aspiring young musicians. This year’s group includes Nicholas Oncken (violin) and Ezra Oncken (violin) from Cascades Academy and Matthias Santucci (piano) from Summit High School.
“This past year, I was thrilled to get back to work with our region’s talented young musicians,” states Executive Director Isabelle Senger. “These concerts will be a culmination of the group’s work this season.”
Upcoming performance dates include:
- Sunday, June 5, 1:30pm at Sisters Coffee Company (273 West Hood Ave., Sisters)
- Saturday, June 11, 2pm at Touchmark at Mount Bachelor Village (19800 SW Touchmark Way, Bend)
- Wednesday, June 15, 3pm at Whispering Winds Retirement (2920 NE Connors Ave., Bend)
Auditions are held annually, and open to violin, viola, cello, bass and piano students 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 Kara Eubanks and Janet Smith.
High Desert Chamber Music’s mission is to bring world-class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon. Now in its 14th season, HDCM presents an acclaimed concert series and is the premier and leading chamber music organization in the region offering an exciting roster of professional performing artists.