CCMF Commissioned Concert


The Cascades Classical Music Foundation is pleased to announce the commission of a new work for flute and piano by Northwest composer, Chris Thomas.  The work will be a three-movement sonata composed in the style of eminent French composer, Francis Poulenc.  Stefanie Janin-Brohamer, principal flutist with the Central Oregon Symphony, will premiere the piece in Paris in July as part of the Da Capo Flute Symposium, an event dedicated to highlighting the great works of French flute literature.  The piece will make its North American debut in Bend, with a subsequent performance in Portland, in the fall of 2018.

The Cascades Classical Foundation will need to raise $5,000 in pledges to fund the composition and premiere of this work.  Please consider partnering with us to bring this new work to life.  If you would like to make a pledge, please go to, fill out the form with your contact information, and list your pledge amount in the comments section.  Cascades Classical is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Donations are tax-deductible, and will be collected only upon the completion of our fundraising goal.  All donors will be acknowledged at the performances.  Please note our tight timeline:  pledges are due by May 1, 2018

Thank you for your commitment to classical music and your support of local composers and musicians!

Chris Thomas ventured south from his home in Pendleton, Oregon to the prestigious Scoring For Motion Pictures and Television program at University of Southern California's graduate school. There he connected with Hollywood's A-list composers and filmmakers.

He has composed for films featuring Kathy Bates, Samuel L Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Lloyd and Bob Odenkirk. In addition to film, he's been writing scores for theme parks, epic movie trailers, and publishing orchestral concert music.

Chris is in demand with the theme park industry. He has worked with theme parks such as Knott's Berry Farm, Queen Mary, Dreamland (UK), The Void (4D interactive gaming), and is the resident composer for the upcoming Evermore Adventure Park. In television, Chris orchestrated and conducted on ABC's hit show LOST and CSI:NY. In film, Chris has worked on projects nominated for Emmy and Academy Awards.

In the concert world, Chris orchestrated and arranged large works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale's Easter Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl. Chris was the Missouri All-State resident composer for 2018, and in 2017 premiered The Howling Gales of Kerry with the World Strides festival orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  His works have been performed and recorded by the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, University of Southern California Symphony, Angeles String Quartet, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, Fear No Music ensemble, Willamette University Chamber Choir, Oregon East Symphony, A-Sharp Youth Symphony and various American festival ensembles. 


Stefanie Janin-Brohamer is a graduate of the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Yale School of Music.  Currently, she is on the faculty of Central Oregon Community College, teaching Music Theory and Aural Skills.  Stefanie spent eleven years in the Bend-LaPine schools as a music teacher, mentor and leader of professional development for music teachers.  In 2011, she was awarded the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.  She plays principal flute with the Central Oregon Symphony and facilitates the Symphony Stars! educational outreach program.  Stefanie is an active adjudicator for local music competitions and maintains a vibrant private flute studio in Bend.