The ensemble, which cancelled its season last month, will be dissolved


Following last month’s news that the Salem Chamber Orchestra had cancelled the remainder of its current season, the 31-year-old Oregon orchestra has now filed for bankruptcy and will be dissolved.

The board has resolved that a $100,000 shortfall in orchestral funding, following a decline in donations and ticket sales, cannot be repaid in the short-term. The loss of the orchestra is ‘a huge loss for Salem’, Board of Directors president Rebecca Kueny told the Statesman Journal.

Founded in 1984 by Willamette University professor Bruce McIntosh, the ensemble was originally intended to provide orchestral experience for Willamette students, alongside local professionals and amateurs, but is now a professional orchestra.

Three other Salem arts institutions have offered to accept unused tickets purchased by the chamber orchestra’s 258 season ticket holders.