In December of 1983, three prominent Redmond citizens, W.E. (Bill) Jaqua, Barbara Rich, and Jane Schroeder joined forces to bring musical culture to Central Oregon utilizing the Columbia Artists Community Concert concept. CAMI, as it was known, helped local associations bring quality talent to small communities.
The first concert season was in 1984-85 when three concerts were presented to an audience of about 250. Over the past three decades, RCCA has continually grown to reach an audience of over 1,200 each season – most of whom are loyal subscribers who renew year after year. They enjoy the high quality and diversity of the concerts and appreciate the affordability. Although based in Redmond, a significant number of concert-goers comes from Bend, Sisters, Madras, Prineville, and beyond.
From its inception, RCCA has operated as an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. In 1988, RCCA obtained a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, which means donations to RCCA are generally tax deductible.