The Whistler Chamber Music Society (WCMS) is a BC non-profit registered society, formed by three long-term residents of Whistler. They noticed that while the visiting Vancouver Symphony Orchestra played to overflowing crowds in Whistler each summer, opportunities to listen to classical music during the rest of the year were non-existent without travelling to the city. Recognizing the need to fill this gap in the community, they believed that the time was right for a classical chamber music series to be offered during the rest of the year. In early 2017 the Whistler Chamber Music Society was formed.
Encouraged by community interest, the WCMS planned a chamber music series of six concerts for the 2017-2018 season. The overwhelming support of the community throughout the inaugural season led the organizers to forge ahead to present a second, third and fourth season showcasing quality chamber ensembles. The pandemic unfortunately forced a two+ year hiatus from live music presentation, but as restrictions eased in 2022, the WCMS is back and ready to bring world-class chamber music to the resort municipality.
The WCMS is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and assisted by volunteers. We rely solely on ticket sales, community grants and donations.
Mission Statement of the Whistler Chamber Music Society
The WCMS seeks to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of classical Chamber Music through regular affordable live performances and educational experiences using the talents of professional and emerging musicians based in BC and Canada. By bringing high caliber musicians to Whistler, the WCMS seeks to fill the gap in the cultural offerings of the community and provide local audiences the opportunity to experience quality chamber music without having to travel elsewhere.
The goals of the WCMS are:
-to produce a yearly concert series showcasing different types of chamber ensembles and work with performers to ensure an accessible concert program for all listeners.
-to fill a cultural need within the community which is presently unmet
-to support BC professional classical musicians—both experienced and rising stars—in these performances. BC has a sizeable community of accomplished and committed classical professional musicians. Securing excellent musicians who are adequately compensated, ensures a high standard of performance and provides a quality listening experience that Whistler audiences deserve.
-to be a financially sustainable arts organization through a combination of ticket sales, donation and by attracting corporate and community sponsors.
The Directors of the Whistler Chamber Music Society are committed to these goals and invite the community to come and enjoy quality music by excellent BC professionals without the long drive to the city!