Next Fall, the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra begins its seventeenth season of live performances. Presenting six or more concerts each season from Reedsport to Yachats, the orchestra is composed mainly of coastal residents and musicians from the Eugene area. In addition to the classics, the Orchestra performs pop, jazz, opera, modern and even rock pieces. A considerable amount of original music has been written and played by members of the orchestra.
Most of the orchestra members are also involved in music education, dance bands, church groups and other musical outlets. On a limited budget and a with busy personal life, Maestro Monks regularly rises to the challenge of simultaneously serving the varied interests of the orchestra while striving for maximum audience appeal. The successful accomplishment of these goals requires a researcher's meticulous selection methods, a composer's skill to craft custom arrangement of each composition for the available musicians, and the ideal conductor's personality of a saint with a sense of humor and a baton.
Mr. Monks took on the role of sole conductor for the Fall concert series and shared them with John Bringetto, a fantastic musician, teacher and conductor, who was brought on board beginning with the Spring concert series. With the addition of "Mr. B", each now performs both on the podium and in the orchestral ranks.
Please check back next Fall for dates and details of the 2017-2018 season. We look forward to seeing you in Reedsport, Yachats or Florence.