Thalea String Quartet - Friends of Chamber Music
Thalea String Quartet - Photo by Daniel Jang

Meet the Friends of the FoCM

June 13, 2016

We’re not alone. From Portland to Miami, our friends south of the border celebrate chamber music with organizations like ours, meant to spread the time-honoured tradition of concerts and music appreciation. Though steeped in history, chamber music’s global appeal is evident in these thriving communities.

Portland, Oregon

Just south of us in Portland, Friends Of Chamber Music boasts the longest non-interrupted chamber music series in Oregon and the 6th longest running series in the country. What started in 1938 from the will of Reed College Classics Professor Reginald Arragon and his wife, Gertrude, has grown to offer the finest quality of music as well as educational opportunities for Portland State University students. The FOCM’s permanent home at PSU’s Lincoln Hall Auditorium ensures University support and world-class performances.

San Francisco, California

The San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music promotes small ensemble music in the Bay Area through numerous performance opportunities, financial sponsorships and awards, as well as career development to ensure a sustainable career for its musicians. While chamber music is at the heart of the organization, the SSFOCM also supports the performers and composers of early music, new music, jazz and creative music to ensure a diverse cultural appeal.

Denver, Colorado

In Denver, the Friends of Chamber Music aims to educate diverse and new audiences through outreach programs aimed at both children and adults, as well as providing world-class performances. Reminiscent of the grand European concert halls, the Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver boasts “no bad seats” in the house. So if you find yourself in the midwest, our friends of chamber music here have just the venue for you.

Miami, Florida

To preserve the art of chamber music, the Miami Friends of Chamber Music has focused on presenting the highest quality of musicians while appealing to audiences of all ages for over sixty years. They offer educational opportunities for South Florida students as well through master classes and frequent presentations of world-class concerts on University grounds.

We’re proud to be among our esteemed American counterparts whose love of chamber music will see it continue well into the next generation, and beyond.