Education & Engagement
2017-18 Residencies

"Thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for our students.They want to be in a band just like The Meriwethers and some of them started writing their own songs!"
~ Penelope DeGennaro, Sunnywolf Charter School

Britt Education & Engagement continues to offer an expanded residency program, with a focus on bringing local and regional musicians into our schools during the school year. These in-school music visits serve kindergarten through graduate level students in Jackson and Josephine counties during each school term. Residencies range from a single school visit to 5 days of presentations, master classes, individual lessons and affordably ticketed performances in our community. All school visits are provided at no cost to the schools.

If you’d like musicians to visit your school, contact our Director of Education & Engagement at



Performed on an architectural ramp installation with hills, curves and peaks, DESCENT celebrates the pleasure of reckless abandon. Obliterating assumptions of what dance, beauty, and disability can be, this evening-length duet takes audiences on a transformative ride. Andromeda and Venus, reimagined as interracial lovers, claim their desire as wheels fly within inches of the ramp’s edges. Their spines soften to taste the subtle pulls of gravity and arch into the sumptuous light. Led entirely by disabled artists from the collective Kinetic Light, DESCENT presents an experience known to all: the release of leaning into a descent.

Kinetic Light is a project-based collective made up of Alice Sheppard (choreographer, dancer), Laurel Lawson (collaborator, dancer) and Michael Maag (projection and lighting designer). Kinetic Light creates, performs, and teaches at the intersections of disability, dance, and race. The collective’s rigorous investment in the histories, cultures, and artistic work of disabled people and people of color transforms our understandings of the moving world. Working in the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and social justice, Kinetic Light showcases freedom of movement, revealing  how mobility - literal, physical, and conceptual - is fundamental to participation in civic life.

Kinetic Light Alice Sheppard headshot Kinetic Light Laurel Lawson headshot Kinetic Light Michael Maag headshot

The American Brass Quintet
The American Brass Quintet

The American Brass Quintet, 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. The ABQ's rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works.

ABQ commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. The ABQ’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program has brought forth brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney.   Among the quintet’s recordings are eleven CDs for Summit Records since 1992 including the ABQ’s 50th Anniversary release State of the Art—The ABQ at 50 featuring recent works written for them.

Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970 and at The Juilliard School since 1987. Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries.

The New York Times has written (12/02/2013) that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet,” while Newsweek has hailed the ensemble as “the high priests of brass” and American Record Guide has called the ABQ “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.” Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.


This fresh innovative ensemble, blending Latin, pop, jazz, and classical crossover, has crafted POPZZICAL, a musical experience as fun as it is brilliant. These four musicians, every one of them a master of their trade, found each other in the rich multicultural film/soundtrack recording studios, orchestras, and live performance worlds that are based in Los Angeles, California.

Their debut CD POPZZICAL, released in 2013, was recognized as “bursting with intellect, passion, and virtuosity, but sounding like nothing you’ve heard before.” (Nick Combining violin, cello, guitars, and percussion with sparkling lead vocals and 4 part harmonies, Quattrosound was thrust into the international spotlight during October, 2013. It was then that they received the Latin Grammy award nomination for “Best New Artist”.

This project received support from the Oregon Arts Commission; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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