Category Archives: Giving

High Desert Chamber: Come hear the music!

High Desert Chamber: Come hear the music!

High Desert Chamber Music is one of more than 40 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. During our December Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring local nonprofits on our website, and social media sites. We hope you enjoy learning more about these wonderful organizations that make Central Oregon a better place.

High Desert Chamber Music is in the midst of its 11th season. Founder and executive director Isabelle LaForet Senger said the mission of High Desert Chamber Music is to bring world-class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon.

“Through our concert series and educational outreach programs, we present some of our nation’s most prominent performing artists to as many locals as we can reach,” said Senger.

The next concert features the critically acclaimed Neave Trio on Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. at Wille Hall at COCC. Boston-based Neave Trio includes violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura.

In addition to providing opportunities to hear amazing music, educational outreach is a critical component of High Desert Chamber Music. Guest artists visit local schools and retirement communities for performances, and host Q&A sessions.

The Spotlight Chamber Players program is another outreach program that was developed to provide high-level of chamber music instruction to young students at no cost. These young musicians receive weekly chamber group instruction by violinist Senger as well as individual and group instruction by visiting artists from the High Desert Chamber Music Concert Series. Auditions for the Spotlight Chamber Players are held in the fall and are open to string players in grades 6-12 with at least three years of private instruction.

This year’s Spotlight Chamber Players are Mateo Garza (violin), MeiChi Neilson (piano), Nicolas Oncken (violin), and Amy Wheeler (cello).

Fundraising events for High Desert Chamber Music include its Annual Benefit Gala at Bend Golf Club and Music & Friends concerts held at private residences. “Music & Friends performances are a great way to appreciate how chamber music began,” said Senger. “It’s truly unique to experience live classical music with your friends in your own home.”

What is Chamber Music?

Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments, with no conductor, and only one performer to a part. Each musician controls an integral part of the performance and demands that they engage in a close musical dialogue with the other performers. String trios and string sextets, piano trios, and piano quintets are but a few of the combinations you will get to experience through High Desert Chamber Music.

Here’s more information and how to support High Desert Chamber Music.

Central Oregon Daily meteorologist named Volunteer of the Quarter

Central Oregon Daily meteorologist named Volunteer of the Quarter

Central Oregon Daily Meteorologist Dorrell Wenninger blew into town earlier this year and made a huge impact in the community in a very short time. The list of activities Dorrell volunteers for in Bend seems endless, but it’s this love of being involved and giving back that earned him the Volunteer of the Quarter designation… Continue Reading

Applications due Dec. 1 for Community Partnership for non-profits

Applications due Dec. 1 for Community Partnership for non-profits

BendBroadband’s Community Partners Program awards discounted Internet and Cable TV services to more than 40 local non-profit organizations each year. The award is issued for one calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31) as a monthly billing credit equal to the retail rate of: * One basic High-Speed Internet connection and monthly bandwidth allowance with one standard… Continue Reading

TDS bandwidth donation tops $5 million for OSU Open Source Lab

TDS Telecommunications LLC has made a donation valued at more than $1 million to help operate the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. TDS’s most recent gift represents 20 billion bits per second of bandwidth provided over three years. It enables Open Source Lab hosted sites to deliver nearly 430 terabytes of information to people… Continue Reading

World Muse 2018: Asking the Question

Article and Photo by Irene Cooper The 2018 World MUSE Conference celebrated its sixth year Saturday at The Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend, Oregon, with a full day of inspiration and thought provoking presentations from over 30 keynote speakers and performers. MUSE founder and director Amanda Stuermer, along with directors Tracy Treu and Cynthia LaRoche,… Continue Reading

St. Vincent food drop-off at BendBroadband office

St. Vincent food drop-off at BendBroadband office

Next time you drive by the BendBroadband office on Sherman Road, be sure to stop and donate a food item. A St. Vincent de Paul donation barrel is located at the BendBroadband office at 63090 Sherman Road in Bend this holiday season. The barrel will be there from now until Dec. 31. When asked about their greatest need, St. Vincent de Paul… Continue Reading

Month of Giving: The Center Foundation

Month of Giving: The Center Foundation

The Center Foundation is one of nearly 25 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. Every Friday during our Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring one of these organizations on our web page. In addition, every day we are featuring one nonprofit on our Facebook and Twitter sites. We hope you… Continue Reading

BendBroadband sponsors bonspiel curling tourney in Bend

BendBroadband sponsors bonspiel curling tourney in Bend

It’s a game of inches, where like chess, one mental mistake and game over. It’s called Curling and while some think it’s simply sliding rocks on frozen water, it’s actually a really cool sport that requires strength, agility, focus, and teamwork. BendBroadband’s Chet Liew, business process architect – IT, is on the ground floor of… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband™ donated $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County. This is in addition to what employees pledged to their local chapters during the annual campaign last fall. “One of our missions is to be good citizens,” said Dave Wittwer, CEO and president of TDS Telecom, which operates BendBroadband. “We encourage employees to volunteer with our… Continue Reading

Meal of the Year; BendBroadband co-sponsor

Meal of the Year;  BendBroadband co-sponsor

BendBroadband is a co-sponsor of the Meal of the Year program and awards a scholarship each year to an COCC student. In 2016, Carlos Vazquez was the recipient of the BendBroadband COCC Foundation Scholarship. When Carlos was awarded the Diversity Education Award, he was described “as one of those rare students who takes the time… Continue Reading