Founded in 2007, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF) now presents more than 40 public performances annually in the vibrant agricultural community of Walla Walla, WA. The goal of the Festival is to deepen the understanding and appreciation of classical chamber music while forging connections between musicians, audiences, venues and the greater community. To accomplish this goal, WWCMF emphasizes the process of making music over the product of musical performance. As a result, Festival events appeal to the seasoned chamber-music aficionado and newbie alike.
More than half of WWCMF’s programming is presented free of admission. Almost daily Open Rehearsals take place in a variety of public venues like downtown shops, cultural institutions and community centers. Children’s concerts under the title, Sounds Like Fun!, are presented in a variety of locations such as the public library or local YMCA. Finally, targeted Outreach performances bring chamber music to parts of the community who might not otherwise have access such as veterans and patients at the Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center.
WWCMF’s suite of ticketed performances builds on the groundwork laid by the free community events. The Portrait of an Artist series focuses on the individual musician, who they are, where they are from, in essence, what makes them tick. The Tasting Music series devotes its attention to a single musical work, taking it apart and playing musical examples to provide a deeper context for listening. The Festival Series is the centerpiece of WWCMF. Open Rehearsals, Portraits, Tastings and the journey of musical process find fulfillment on the concert stage, contrasting the newest musical trends with great works of the past.
Thank you for joining us in the process. I know you’ll have a great time… We sure do!
The mission and purpose of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF) is to promote excellence in the performance of chamber music throughout the greater Walla Walla Valley area, to embody these qualities as members of a greater community, and to raise the general level of interest in classical music, especially chamber music, in the Walla Walla Valley area. WWCMF strives to service audiences in this way through:
Performance of chamber music works across the entire aesthetic spectrum of classical music. WWCMF also actively seeks to partner with other artists and art media to create multi-faceted performances that promote additional fine arts media.
Promotion of new works by partnering with present-day composers in the commissioning and creation of new works to expand the contemporary music repertoire.
Presentation of educational programs to expand the means for understanding and appreciating classical music.
Darcie Furlan, President
Jennifer Northam, Vice President
Cecile Ervin, Secretary
Trevor Ward, Treasurer
Timothy Christie, Ex Officio
Founder & Artistic Director: