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NewMusic USA

Invited to compose for the 2014 festival, Karim Al-Zand of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music initiated a collaborative project through New Music USA, which was granted February 24. His trio Canticle and Caprice was dedicated to the memory of Corvallis’ Molly Bloomfield and premiered June 29 by Jessica Lambert, violin, Adam Matthes, viola, and Anne Ridlington, cello. The commission was made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

Chamber Music AmericaChintimini Chamber Music is the proud recipient of a Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. We were one of nine recipients of this very competitive national grant. Through it, Oregon-bred violist and composer Kenji Bunch — often praised by the NY Times as “a composer to watch” — received an appropriate stipend for a new trio for flute, violin, and viola, premiered at the Chintimini Festival in 2013.

Kenji has returned for the Festival every year since we “discovered” him when we celebrated the 150th birthday of the City of Corvallis by building the 2007 festival around six Oregon composers. Several of his concertos and orchestral works have been played by the Corvallis Youth Symphony as well as major orchestras around the world.

Performers for the premiere and several performances in other states were specified by Chamber Music America. They are Denver’s Ivy Street Ensemble: Cathy Peterson, Erik Peterson, and Phillip Stevens.

In 2005, and in every year since 2008, outstanding Children’s Concerts have been presented in Corvallis, and/or Alsea, Monroe, Newport, or Summit; always with funding from the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, often with grants from the Newport Symphony or the Benton County Cultural Coalition made with funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

In 2015 a Small Arts & Culture grant from the Oregon Community Foundation is extending the festival’s outreach to Salem.


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Chintimini Chamber Music has been recognized for artistic excellence by the Oregon Arts Commission, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.