Education & Engagement

2018 Guitar Weekend 

June 22, 23 & 24, 2018

Back by popular demand - Guitar Weekend returns this coming June!
More details will be posted in the next few months. Until then, read below to see what was offered during the 2017 Britt Guitar Weekend...


All registrants for the full weekend will be automatically entered to win a free Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO-II & hard case, courtesy of Epiphone, and will receive a free license for Slowhand™ Personal Video Tutor. Check the bottom of the page for details.


Guitar Weekend
Schedule and Location:

Workshop location:
ROGUE PERFORMANCE HALL: 130 East 8th Street, RCC Building C, Medford

Dive into a three-day exploration of guitar styles, as six virtuoso teachers lead students in techniques of flamenco, Hawaiian slack key, finger style, classical, jazz, blues and rock. Each day will have three 2-hour sessions, each focusing on one genre, and jam sessions to explore what you learned with your fellow participants. Other activities include: Meet & Greet your fellow participants, a 30-minute Guitar Refresher session, a 2-hour Ukulele session with Mark Nelson, a gear demonstration by Harmony Central, a special class on basic instrument maintenance and repairs by Hilltop Music Shop, and a full faculty panel discussion.

See the full three-day Class Schedule.

Britt Guitar Faculty Concert
Sunday, June 25 - 7:30 p.m.
Britt Performance Garden
Free with full Guitar Weekend registration
Tickets: $15 - Adults | Free - Students & Children (13 and under)

The Juke ‘n’ Uke session with Mark Nelson can be purchased as a single session or as part of the Full Weekend Pass.

The Full Weekend Pass is open to all guitarists who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the guitar through the exploration of different styles and genres. The Auditing Pass is recommended for those who have just started to play the guitar or who just want to learn more about the history and literature of the guitar. The Ukulele Pass is for anyone interested in learning ukulele or expanding their ukulele skills.

See draft schedule here to see how classes are currently scheduled.

A $50 student discount is available for the Full Weekend Pass only, to any student with a valid ID.

Appropriate age and skill level: 
  • Age 14 and older.
  • Beginner to advanced (limited experience necessary). 
What to bring: 
  • Food is not provided, so make arrangements for lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Recording device, if desired
  • Valid student ID (if you registered at the discounted student price)
  • Any guitars you’d like to play during the workshop – no amps, please

Guitar Faculty Information:

Click "Read More" to learn more and see a video introduction

Ed Dunsavage

Ed Dunsavage

Guitar instructor Ed Dunsavage picked up his first guitar 50 years ago after hearing and seeing the Beatles. He discovered jazz music in high school, majored in jazz performance and composition at Rutgers University, and has devoted much of his career to studying, teaching and performing in many different settings.

He has worked as a professional musician and educator for more than 35 years and has performed at many venues and festivals in the Pacific Northwest including the Upper Sacramento River Jazz Festival, The Medford Jazz Festival, The Newport Oregon Jazz Festival, West Coast Live, The Jazz Project in Bellingham, Washington among others.

Dunsavage is adjunct guitar instructor at Southern Oregon University, where he teaches both classical and jazz guitar styles as well as jazz theory and improvisation. In addition, Dunsavage is artistic director for the Siskiyou Music Project, a nonprofit arts and education organization based in Ashland, Oregon.

Vicki Genfan

Vicki Genfan

Winning the esteemed Guitar Player Magazine’s ‘Guitar Superstar’ award in 2008, Vicki plays her own percussive technique of 'slap-tap' acoustic guitar, and has been showcased as one of the world’s top guitarists at festivals such as
The International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival, Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival and hundreds of venues and Performing Arts Centers across the US and abroad.

In addition to being a dazzling instrumentalist, Vicki is an award-winning singer/songwriter with a high-energy stage presence. Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, whether covering the tunes of others or presenting her own compositions, Vicki’s distinctive style pushes the boundaries of the singer/songwriter genre into new territories.

While hopping between continents for performances, master classes and clinics, Vicki loves teaching and has five Instructional DVDs to her credit and is in high demand at clinics and music camps all over the world. She has two CDs released on Germanys ‘Acoustic Music Records’ and two Self-released CDs.

“If I could play like Vicki, I’d stay home and entertain myself.” - Steve Vai


Page Hamilton

Page Hamilton (b. 1960) is a composer, guitarist, producer, and the founder / frontman of American hard rock band Helmet. In the mid 1980s, after graduating from the University of Oregon, Hamilton relocated to New York City to complete his Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar at the Manhattan School of Music. There he joined noise rock band Band of Susans - recording on the band’s 1989 album Love Agenda.

He also spent time in avant-garde composer Glenn Branca’s guitar orchestra, recording on Symphony 6 - Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven, before ultimately seeking out other like-minded musicians and forming his own group Helmet.

Helmet has released seven albums over the last 25 years, including 1992’s Meantime which was certified Gold and earned a Grammy nomination. The band has also contributed music to a number of films including Johnny Mnemonic, The Crow, Feeling Minnesota, The Jerky Boys, Gun Crazy and Judgement Night (a collaboration with hip hop group House of Pain). Helmet continues to record and perform live all over the world.

In addition to his work in Helmet, Hamilton has done a significant amount of work as a guitarist - playing lead guitar for David Bowie on The Hours tour, performing on Joe Henry’s album Trampoline, and lending his talents to Elliot Goldenthal’s guitar-based score for the film Heat (Al Pacino, Robert De Niro). Hamilton also played on subsequent Goldenthal scores for the films S.W.A.T., Titus, The Good Thief (w/ Bono), Across the Universe, and The Tempest. In addition to playing guitar on various scores, Hamilton has composed original scores of his own - beginning with 1997’s Chicago Cab and, more recently for a series of independent action films: Skyhook, The Phoenix Rises, Sons of Liberty, and Convergence

Over the last year and a half Hamilton played guitar on the debut album by Lieutenant - a new project from Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) and recorded with New York jazz / electronica band M’lumbo for a soon to be released album. He also appeared as a featured artist on Linkin Park’s 2014 album The Hunting Party, playing guitar and providing vocals on the song “All For Nothing.”

In 2005, Hamilton produced Distort Yourself, the debut album from Gavin Rossdale’s band Institute. He also produced records for a number of other bands including Bullets And Octane, Classic Case, and Rescue Rangers, to name a few.

Hamilton continues to perform live in orchestral settings as well. In 2015, he was invited by Elliot Goldenthal to perform the score from the film The Tempest with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra at The Film Music Festival in Krakow. Later in the year, he performed at the 2015 Britt Festival near his hometown of Medford, Oregon: as soloist for Mason Bates’ Mothership and as a guitarist in the Britt Orchestra’s all-Bernstein program conducted by Teddy Abrams.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

Terry Robb is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his over 40 year music career.

The multitude of awards Terry Robb has received speak to his seminal talent as a blues guitarist. Robb has been inducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame. He singlehandedly defined the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar, winning the honor over 19 consecutive years from 1992 until 2011. Upon his retirement from the competition in 2011, the award was changed to the “Terry Robb Best Acoustic Guitar” Muddy Award to honor his landmark contributions to blues music.

Robb was born in British Columbia, raised in the United States and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He achieved greatness at an early age, performing with Ramblin’ Rex of Frank Zappa / Captain Beefheart fame, Canned Heat’s Henry Vestine, and steel-string guitarist icon John Fahey. At age twenty-four Robb’s collaboration with Fahey included producing several of his critically-acclaimed recordings including “Let Go”, an album which Rolling Stone gave four stars and named one of the top three of the year in 1984.

As an acclaimed producer and session guitarist Robb has contributed to many award-winning projects, including Alice Stuart’s Grammy and W.C. Handy nominated album, “Can’t Find No Heaven”. He went on to collaborate with Eddy Clearwater, Maria Muldaur, Ike Willis, Curtis Salgado, Glen Moore, toured with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, and performed with B.B. King, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Robert Cray, Leo Kottke, Rick Wakeman and more.


Mark Nelson

During a career that started well before he could drive, Mark Nelson has picked up music from places as far afield as the South Pacific, the Irish Sea and Alta California. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, he is equally at home in a wide variety of traditional music settings and a number of interesting folk instruments.
Mark has introduced thousands of guitarists to this wonderful musical style. He co-wrote Learn to Play Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (Mel Bay) along with noted slack key guitarist Keola Beamer and Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, a popular book and CD set. He has an extensive series of on-line slack key lessons and has taught slack at the Aloha Music Camps on Molokai and Hawaii, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, the Lark in the Morning Celebration, the Strathmore Art Center and Common Ground on the Hill, among many other places.


Grant Ruiz
The son of a bebop saxophonist, Grant Ruiz has played classical guitar since he was 10 years old. After studying flamenco in Spain and with several renowned artists in the U.S., he became an active performer and teacher in southern Oregon.
He has performed in several productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has been a member of Amor Flamenco, Alba Flamenca, the Dark Rose Trio and currently Dúo Flamenco with percussionist Terry Longshore. He is an adjunct guitar instructor at Southern Oregon University and is on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society, currently serving as president.  


For more information contact Britt Education Director Kay Hilton at or call 541-690-3852.

Every full weekend participant is automatically entered to win an Epiphone Les Paul guitar & hard case, donated by Epiphone (A $1,031 Value), plus a license for Slowhand™ Personal Video Tutor is a $50 value.

Guitar details:

Epiphone Les Paul Traditional PRO-II

Ebony Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO-II

  • Hard Case
  • Coil-Splitting
  • 15 db Boost
  • Alnico Classic PRO™ & ProBucker™ Pickups. 

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