Oregon Sinfonietta
Congratulations to the Oregon Sinfonietta and also to Maestro Dr. Donald L. Appert
The Oregon Sinfonietta is seeking more string players

Celebrating our 46th season of providing musical opportunities and enjoyment to the community!

    The Chamber Music Society of Oregon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is devoted to promoting musical opportunities for persons of all ages. Our flagship performing ensemble, the Oregon Sinfonietta, is a full symphony orchestra of community musicians, conducted by Dr. Donald L. Appert, which presents a series of four free concerts each season. For the past 46 years the Oregon Sinfonietta has consistently offered a superb selection of the classical music repertoire, as well as presenting outstanding young musicians, winners of the yearly CMSO Concerto Competition in performances of full concertos, and performances by world-class professional soloists.
    Bravo to the winners of the 2017 – 2018 CMSO Concerto Competition: Oboist Ben Price, cellist Paul Lee, and pianist Kenji King, all of whom gave wonderful performances. Kenji King wrote to Dr. Appert, "Thank you so much for granting me the opportunity to play with your orchestra last month! Playing music with you was a wonderful experience, throughout the rehearsals and at the final concert.     . . . the more I rehearsed with you and your sinfonietta, the more confident I felt leading up to the performance. I'm very fond of your conducting style. You never made me feel uncomfortable or under pressure. Performing at the final concert proved very enjoyable, more than I expected." (Please see the Concerto Competition page for a video recording of the Eastman School of Music Senior Recital of Debra Loh, bassoonist and 2012 – 2013 Concerto Competition winner.)
    The 2018 – 2019 season will have performances of Debussy's Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor," by talented young artists. The upcoming 2019 – 2020 season will feature Weber's Concerto for Bassoon, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 19. (Please see our Concerts page for when the young artist winners will be performing.) The winners of the Concerto Competition each receive a $1,000.00 honorarium, made possible with the addition of a generous donation by the Jerry and Donna Smith Family Foundation. (Please see the Concerto Competition page for information about the 2019 – 2020 competition.)
    We are pleased to announce the 2018 – 2019 season of the Oregon Sinfonietta. We hope you will join us for these exciting concerts as we celebrate 46 years of providing free musical opportunities and enjoyment to the community. (Details can be found on the Concerts page, along with details of the 2019 – 2020 season.) Our collaboration in March 2016 with world-renowned violist Brett Deubner for the première of Dr. Appert's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra was one of the many highlights of that season. The 2018 – 2019 season is sure to have many more memorable moments and highlights!
    To see a video recording of Mr. Deubner performing Dr. Appert's viola concerto, please go to the Videos/Recordings page. New to the Videos/Recordings page are audio recordings of the Oregon Sinfonietta's January 20 and March 17, 2019 concerts. The Videos/Recordings page also includes videos/recordings of past Oregon Sinfonietta concerts, as well as the orchestra's performance of Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for which the orchestra placed as a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 The American Prize competition for Orchestral Performance – Community Orchestra Division.