Friends of Chamber Music
Friends of Chamber Music, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to presenting the highest quality chamber ensembles in concert, and providing educational outreach to further chamber music in our community.
Friends of Chamber Music values diversity among our musicians, volunteers, board, staff, and audiences, and believe diversity enhances our mission of presenting music of uncompromised artistic excellence.
Friends of Chamber Music (FOCM) is honored with the distinction of being the longest non-interrupted chamber music series in Oregon and the sixth longest running in the country.
The establishment of Friends of Chamber Music grew from the desire of Reed College Classics Professor Reginald Arragon and his wife, Gertrude, to bring quality chamber music to the Portland area. In 1938 the Arragons developed a list of friends and colleagues who agreed to serve as guarantors should the proposed new series fail to cover its expenses through ticket sales.
Friends of Chamber Music is committed to furthering chamber music in our community through education and outreach, as well as by presenting concerts. Each season we partner with a local school to offer several of our visiting ensembles in workshops at no charge to the schools. Activities range from lecture/demonstrations to informal coaching to formal master classes.
Dinner with Friends
Friends of Chamber Music has been presenting the world’s top chamber music ensembles — up close and personal — for more than 79 years. Now, we invite you to dinner — up close and personal! Join us for delectable food, drink, music, and fun - and support Friends of Chamber Music at the same time. More details about 2017-18 Dinner with Friends here.