3rd Annual Spring Strings in the Wallowas--A Chamber Musician's Retreat--April 24-27, 2009

Forget the Oregon Coast!  Forget Crater Lake!  Forget Bend!  Forget even Portland! . . .

Chamber Music Retreat in Wallowa County
It's time again for recreational chamber musicians to plan their early spring Eastern Oregon vacation and gather in Wallowa County Oregon bed & breakfast inns.  The 3rd Annual Spring Strings in the Wallowas is 3-day/3-night workshop held in Wallowa County.  The workshop celebrates the music of the string quartet (violin, viola & cello).

As a board member of the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, I'm pretty involved with the project.  Last year, I pulled out my oboe and played "2nd fiddle" (that is, 2nd violin music) to round out some of the playing groups.

Violinist Lisa RobertsonViolinist Daniel PerryIn response to suggestions from previous Spring Strings workshops, we've moved the event to a weekend (Friday evening through Monday morning departure).  We've also added two outstanding player coaches: Lisa Robertson and Daniel Perry.  Both are top-notch violinists and we're thrilled that they will take part in the workshops.  You can read more about them on the Music Alliance website.

Spouses and travelling companions are welcome.  Even if they don't play, they're bound to enjoy the delicious catered meals and optional tours of local artist studios and bronze foundries.

Rehearsal spaces are in the living & dining rooms and salons of the participating bed and breakfasts--just the places where chamber music was meant to be played.  Musicians will rotate through different playing ensembles, having the opportunity to enjoy many of the playing spaces.  This year, musicians will be able to use our newly constructed den at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast--a private space not open to the public.  We're so excited as the acoustics in this space are wonderful!

This year we have eleven different bed and breakfast inns offering wonderful lodging options, so musicians have plenty of Eastern Oregon lodging to choose from.  Details are on the Music Alliance website, complete with an online registration form. 

Four of these Oregon bed and breakfasts are members of the (you guessed it) Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild.  They are:
  • Located on the slope between Joseph and Enterprise:
  • Located in the town of Joseph, Oregon:

Register soon as the workshop is in April 2009!

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