Neskowin Chamber Music
PO Box 1044
Pacific City, OR 97135
Season tickets for Neskowin Chamber Music are $110. Single
tickets are available, payable in advance and on a limited basis,
for each concert for $25. Individual tickets are also available at
the door for $25 but people need to call to get on a waiting list.
Call 503-965-6499 for details. For more information, check the
website, neskowinchambermusic.org or call 503-965-6499.
The overall purpose of all-volunteer Neskowin Chamber
Music series is to develop an understanding and
knowledge of classical music in order to enhance
the cultural appreciation of those who live or visit the
Central Oregon Coast. Specifically, NCM presents
a live concert series October through May,provides
outreach in schools and other settings in this area and provides
for weekly violin instruction for a group of local
Neskowin Chamber Music concerts are held at the Chapel at Camp
Wi Ne Ma (pronounced "why NEE mah," at 5195 Wi Ne Ma Road in
Cloverdale, three miles north of Neskowin off of Highway 101.
Neskowin Chamber Music began in 1994 when Charlie Walker
put together a Chamber Music Series of five Sunday afternoon
concerts and Nick Dusic and he together sold the tickets for the
first season. Seeing that the plan worked, they found
volunteers who became a supportive committee-later called the
Board. Their first goal was to bring outstanding Chamber
Music ensembles from various parts of the world to the Central
Oregon Coast. Early on they began a tradition of being sure
that performers and audiences alike had enjoyable experiences in
providing and listening to outstanding music.
The setting was the Chapel at Camp Winema located on the
beach just north of Neskowin. This former horse barn,
carefully remodeled, provided excellent acoustics with just enough
seating (approximately 150) for a true chamber music setting.
From the beginning, complimentary refreshments have been provided
during intermissions and during those times new friendships
developed among audience members.
Soon the Board decided there should be outreach programs in
the local schools and elsewhere, and before long most visiting
musical ensembles provided such presentations as well as their
Sunday afternoon public concerts. Public and private schools
between Lincoln City and Tillamook regularly benefited from those
presentations-and continue to do so today.
Further, Neskowin Chamber Music has regularly hosted several
day and week long residencies during which the visiting musical
ensembles spend full time providing free public concerts, workshops
in schools and group instruction for students. In addition as
opportunity occurred the Board has reached out to provide other
special musical experiences. One such was the Chamber
Orchestra Kremlin family supper and concert for Nestucca Elementary
School children and parents; another was the Gould Piano Trio
thank-you evening with dessert. And still another is the current
Neskowin Violin Program. The Violin Program began with a
grant from the Swindells Foundation of Portland. It
gives local third through fifth graders an opportunity to learn to
play the violin. Ten violins were purchased for the Program, and
ten children got on their way to being musicians. The Program
is under the direction of violinist Kathy Follett and now fourteen
children are taking part.
From the beginning until today, Neskowin Chamber Music has
operated each year on a balanced budget. The income is from
ticket sales, donations and every few years a special
fundraiser. There are no paid staff members. All work
is done by volunteers which is critical in causing the income to
exceed expense by a little each year, as is the fact that nearly
75% of season tickets holders also make annual