The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival relies on community support for its success.


Festival Giving Circles

This list reflects contributions made to WWCMF between April 24, 2015 and April 23, 2016. We strive for perfection in recognizing our amazing community of contributors. However, occasionally we play a wrong note. If you notice a misspelling or perhaps an error of omission, please let us know. We will get back to the practice room and get it right!

The Living Composer Circle, Gifts of $7,500 and up:

Living Composer’s Lifespan: Still Kicking. Music is alive. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the works of our present day. New works give us the perspective to appreciate that all music was once new, surprising, and even shocking. By performing and championing the works of our musical present, we are better able to appreciate the masterpieces of the past. 

  • Cape Flattery Foundation
  • Banner Bank

The Joseph Haydn Circle, Gifts of $2,500 to $7,499:

Haydn’s Lifespan: 77 years. Haydn was the most prolific composer of symphonic and chamber music during the Classical Era. He invented the String Quartet and perfected the form in his mature works. “Papa” Haydn, as he was known, lived to the ripe age of 77 and is considered to be the father of chamber music as we know it.

  • Anonymous
  • Dos Rios Fund of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation
  • Walla Walla County
  • Iain and Stephanida Christie
  • J.L. Stubblefield Trust
  • Port of Walla Walla
  • Sonia Schmitt
  • Ben and Landra Macy
  • Columbia REA
  • Hank Worden of Edward Jones

The Johannes Brahms Circle, Gifts of $1,250 to $2,499:

Brahms’ Lifespan: 63 years. Brahms was perhaps the most influential composer of symphonic and chamber music in the nineteenth century after Beethoven. The variety, breadth, and beauty of his chamber music, as well as his contributions as a teacher, make him a towering figure on the musical landscape.

  • Donald C. and Ruth F. Roff Fund of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Van Yserloo Family, in loving memory of Barbara
  • Washington State Arts Commission
  • Dennis and Lori Fischer
  • Clara and Art Bald Trust
  • Mary Garner Esary Trust
  • Albert Marshall
  • Steven and Dianna Woolley
  • Linda Woolley Tam
  • Rick and Cecile Ervin
  • Mike and Sue Gillespie Family Fund

The Ludwig van Beethoven Circle, Gifts of $750-$1,249:

Beethoven’s Lifespan: 56 years. Beethoven cast a long shadow across the nineteenth century and beyond. His late string quartets remain revolutionary works to this day. Despite his deafness, Beethoven did more to change the course of music than any other composer.

  • Darcie Furlan
  • James Johnson
  • Hal Herbert Hunt
  • Kay Mead and Brad Anderson
  • Dan and Amelia Grinstead
  • Martine Purcell and Jack Copperman
  • Tom and Margo Scribner

The Felix Mendelssohn Circle, Gifts of $300-$749:

Mendelssohn’s Lifespan: 38 years. Mendelssohn’s contributions include rediscovering the music of Bach and pioneering new forms such as Songs Without Words. Mendelssohn both protected the legacy of the past and looked to the future.

  • Anonymous
  • Edward and Elizabeth Carr
  • David Glenn and Laura Curtis
  • Peter and Amy Hess
  • DeMambro Architecture
  • Howard and Nancy Ross-Ludwigs
  • Mark Brucks and Susan Monahan
  • Doug and Jan Roskelley
  • John Tombari
  • Craig and Ursula Volwiler
  • Fred and Genie Crowe
  • Ted and Joyce Cox
  • Robert and Marilyn Franklin
  • John Sampen and Marilyn Shrude
  • Claire Valente and Barry Baloff
  • Betty G. Holcomb
  • Karen Miller
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Charlotte Snow
  • Kenneth B. Wells Trust
  • Walla Walla Community College
  • Walla Walla Community College Foundation
  • Tim Brown and Meribeth Powers
  • Earl and Sandra Blackaby
  • Sonja Gourley
  • David, Lucia, Vienna, and Milan Mumm
  • Nancy Ramstedt
  • Mark and Marlene Schuck
  • Dick and Deb Simon
  • Stephen and Suzanne Towery

The Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Circle, Gifts of $150-$299:

Mozart’s Lifespan: 35 years. His every work a pearl, every musical gesture a poem, Mozart is perfection.

  • Anonymous
  • James Carlsen
  • Timothy Machonkin and Amy Blau
  • Larissa Shepard
  • Richard Simon
  • Dale and LaDessa Smelcer
  • Anitra Breit
  • Al and Jane Roberts
  • Manford Simcock
  • Colonial Motel, Dick and Carolyn Tuttle
  • Kay Maxfield
  • Friends of the Library of Walla Walla
  • Howard and Sue Higgen
  • Robert and Jill Zagelow
  • Andrew and Shannon Block
  • Patricia Cleavenger
  • Anne Haley
  • Patrick Keef and Nancy Mitchell

The Franz Schubert Circle, Gifts of $50-$149:

Schubert’s lifespan: 31 years. A prolific composer of songs, Schubert took chamber music to lyrical heights.

  • Nancy Ball Charitable Fund
  • Bruce and Alyce Ann Demarais
  • Liz Conover
  • Jan Foster
  • Craig and Kathy George
  • James Guerin
  • Jackie and Jim Neubauer
  • Ann and Carl Schmitt
  • Paul Apostolidis and Jeanne Morefield
  • Robert and Linnea Keatts
  • Alison Kirby and Daniel Calzaretta
  • David and Lou Ann Caspar
  • Stephen Fisher
  • Elizabeth George
  • Andrew and Gail Jennings
  • Paul Kantor
  • Laurie Manahan
  • Jackie Neubauer
  • Carol Jean Thompson
  • Peter Viavant in honor of Charlotte Snow
  • Terry and Marilyn Westerbeck
  • Marvin and Sally Wood
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Randolph Sealey
  • Nicholas D'Antonio and DDE Musical Instruments
  • Jane and Charles Drabek
  • Doug and Karen Bayne
  • Tim and Sharon Kaufman-Osborn
  • Richard Thornton
  • Marvin and Sally Wood


Pergolesi’s Lifespan: 26 years. Though short-lived, Pergolesi was a prolific composer of operatic, sacred, and chamber music. His Stabat Mater has been performed on Good Friday in Naples, Italy, for almost 300 years.

  • Anonymous
  • Bob and Donna Berger
  • Chelanne Brown in Memory of Sigrid Grinius
  • Twyla Brunson
  • Barbara Clark
  • Mary Cleveland
  • Allan Gillespie
  • Jeff and Donna Mahan
  • David C. Miles
  • Joseph Murar in memory of Mutti Sennewald
  • Allan Gillespie
  • John and Linda Lohrmann
  • Margaret Metastasio
  • Hugh and Joyce Muzzall
  • Donald and Valerie Weaver