History

Founding

Chamber Music Amici began with five core musicians: Pilar Bradshaw, violin; Amy Goeser Kolb, oboe; Steven Pologe, cello; Sharon Schuman, violin; and Victor Steinhardt, piano. With the motto, “Creating community through great music,” the mission of Chamber Music Amici has always been to produce excellent, affordable chamber music concerts which appeal to all ages. We invite other musicians to join us in performance as needed.

Venue

The opening of the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater in 2006 in Springfield, Oregon, with its near-perfect acoustics and affordable prices, made it possible to create Chamber Music Amici. Our serendipitous discovery of this hall came in 2007 when Sharon Schuman organized a string quartet to perform the “American” string quartet of Antonín Dvořák. That sold-old performance, after which enthusiastic audience members streamed on stage to praise the acoustics in every part of the house, led the founding core musicians to imagine forming a resident company. The Board of Directors of the Wildish Community Theater agreed.

Support

We were able to launch a new arts organization in this community only because of the financial support of generous individuals and businesses. They made it possible for us to give concerts and to reach out with steeply discounted student tickets and special events for young people, to help create a new generation of chamber music lovers.

FOUNDERS

Founding Supporters

Bill Bradshaw & Chris Holzapfel
Howard & Vicky Fine
Dave & Lynn Frohnmayer
David Guy
Isler CPA
Bob Lacy
P. Patterson
Peter & Josephine von Hippel

Founding Core Musicians

Pilar Bradshaw
Amy Goeser Kolb
Steven Pologe
Sharon Schuman
Victor Steinhardt

FOUNDING staff

Loi Heldt, Executive Director

Sharon Schuman, Artistic Director

Founding Board of Directors

Bruce Heldt, President
Pilar Bradshaw, Vice President
Sharon Schuman, Artistic Director
Sandy Naishtat, Treasurer
Jane McCleery, Secretary
Steven Pologe
Amy Goesser-Kolb
Victor Steinhardt

We Appreciate Your Support

Your donation helps us to produce excellent, affordable chamber music concerts that appeal to all ages.

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Office: 1590 Willamette Street, Suite 550, Eugene, OR 97401

Mailing: PO Box 50824, Eugene, OR 97405

Phone: 541.953.9204

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