Education & Engagement
2016-17 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


JenUwin Playtime

JenUwin Playtime is the brainchild of Jenifer Knippel, a professional unicorn, saxophonist and educator. Programming for ages 3 to 103, Jenifer offers musical programs for school gyms and music rooms, to retirement dining halls and summer music festival stages.

These programs feature her classical saxophone playing or world and americana folk music. JenUwin brings an exuberance to her concerts that is contagious! If you enjoy quality, innovative programming for young audiences then JenUwin, the musical unicorn with moxie, is a win-win! JenUwin Playtime, a genuinely good time ;)

Learn more about JenUwin at her website and check out her video about Purple!.


The Oregon Wind Quintet
The Oregon Wind Quintet

The Oregon Wind Quintet is an ensemble in residence comprised of the acclaimed faculty at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. The ensemble performs regularly throughout Oregon and Washington, including recitals and clinics at middle schools and high schools.

During their 2014 tour of northern California, the members of the Quintet performed and presented at schools throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Los Gatos, San Jose, Fremont, Cupertino, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale. The trip was capped off with masterclasses and a recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2015, they toured the Los Angeles area, including visits to schools in Arcadia, La Crescenta, Glendale, Orange, Diamond Bar, Santa Ana, South Pasadena, and Los Angeles. The Quintet was also featured in a performance and workshop at the University of Southern California. The group explores traditional and new repertoire for wind quintet as well as sextet combinations with their saxophone and piano colleagues. The Oregon Wind Quintet regularly performs at the Oregon Music Educators’ Association Conferences, and they were featured in recital during Portland’s March Music Moderne IV in 2014. Newly available on CD are two recent works recorded by the Oregon Wind Quintet: Alex Temple’s Thick Line (2012; with saxophonist Idit Shner) and Kenji Bunch’s Shout Chorus (2006).


Gabriel Globus-Hoenich
Gabriel Globus-Hoenich

Percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich blends a multitude of musical influences together in his work as a performer and educator. A Montreal native, Gabriel is now based in New York City where his career continues to reflect a deep love for the worlds of jazz, classical music, and world music.

Gabriel performs frequently with some of the top players in Latin music. Mr. Globus-Hoenich has performed with a multitude of jazz greats, and has been featured on drum-set with the Philly Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, among others.  He collaborates frequently with Teddy Abrams (Conductor of The Britt Orchestra) and the Sixth Floor Trio, serving as principal percussionist and education director at the trio’s chamber music festival, GardenMusic, in South Miami.   An active composer and arranger, Gabriel has written for Achilles Liarmakopolous of the Canadian Brass, grammy nominated Tiempo Libre, and the Louisville Orchestra.

Gabriel continues to work as a teaching artist for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Philadelphia Orchestra, 92nd Street Y, and Marquis Studios.  He was formerly a teaching artist with Play On Philly! as well as musician-in- residence at The Please Touch Museum and Britt Music & Arts Festival.  He is a co-founder of PlasticBand, a community drumming group based in Harlem, New York and received a Carnegie Hall NeON Arts Grant to build this program.   He is a 2008 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Don Liuzzi and Robert van Sice.


The Meriwethers
The Meriwethers

The Meriwethers love playing for people of all ages -- but they've enjoyed particularly enthusiastic responses from some of their youngest audience members. Now they show students in the Pacific Northwest (and beyond) how amazing history is...and how alive it can feel!

Their multimedia performances are designed to spark the imagination and inspire a deep, meaningful connection to the history of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. As an Oregon-based group, they are particularly excited about their program's overlap with state curriculum standards. Using a combination of storytelling, song, and video/visual elements, the Meriwethers can engage students' senses on every level, imparting information about:

-The impetus for the Corps' 8,000+ mile round-trip journey from 1804 - 1806
-Members of the Corps, from the co-captains themselves, to officers and privates, to Sacagawea, and York, and even Seaman the dog
-Journal entries and letters of the Corps members
-Flora and fauna they encountered along the way
-The building of Fort Clatsop
-What happened to Corps members after their return
-The impact this incredible journey and its main players had on our infant nation

…and much more. Although their program is deeply rooted in fact, they love bringing a relatable emotional element to the story. They want their audiences to experience Lewis and Clark and their Corps as real people with both strengths and weaknesses…not just 'some guys we read about in a history book'.

If you're interested in learning more about what they can offer your school, email them at


Oregon Brass Quintet
Oregon Brass Quintet

The Oregon Brass Quintet is the faculty brass ensemble in residence at the University of Oregon since the early 1970's. Comprised of the acclaimed UO brass faculty, the OBQ promotes brass chamber music in its region through clinics, educational programs, and recitals. The group explores traditional and new repertoire for brass quintet.

The OBQ has performed extensively throughout the Northwestern states in a variety of venues including school concerts, concert halls, and educational conferences, including the NAfME/All Northwest Conference. The Oregon Brass Quintet members are:

Brian McWhorter, trumpet++
Sarah Viens, trumpet
Aaron Kahn, trumpet
Lydia Van Dreel, horn
Henry Henniger, trombone
Michael Grose, tuba

++ denotes on leave from OBQ for 2015/16

Sarah Viens is Principal Trumpet of the Eugene Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Next, and 2nd trumpet in the Sunriver Music Festival. She is Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at the University of Oregon, Instructor of Trumpet at Willamette University, and currently teaches privately in Portland. Sarah has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Chintimini Music Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival. Sarah Viens holds trumpet performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M., and Temple University, M.M., and is a Doctoral Candidate in Trumpet Performance at the University of Oregon, with a supporting area in Arts Administration. She has studied with distinguished teachers such as Brian McWhorter, Michael Sachs, David Bilger, and James Darling.

Aaron Kahn is a trumpet player and aspiring interdisciplinary artist, writer, composer, humanist and thinker. He currently studies trumpet performance with Brian McWhorter at the University of Oregon. Prior arriving in Eugene, Kahn studied trumpet performance with Edward Carroll at the California Institute of the Arts. Aaron has played with ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the McGill University Symphony Orchestra, the Magik*Magik Orchestra, the Airborne Toxic Event, and Chicago; with or under the direction of musicians such as Mason Bates (former Composer-in-Residence, Chicago Symphony), Mike Kenneally of the Frank Zappa Band, Vinny Golia, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has studied with trumpeters Jim Dooley, Mark Inouye, Mario Guarneri, Wadada Leo Smith and Edward Carroll, and has participated in master classes with James Thompson, Hakan Hardenberger, Brian McWhorter of Beta Collide, Peter Evans and Mark Gould.

Lydia Van Dreel joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2006. Van Dreel maintains an active and diverse performing career as orchestral, chamber, solo and recording artist. A member of performing groups QUADRE: The Voice of Four Horns, The Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, The Eugene Symphony Orchestra, The Iris Orchestra (Germantown, TN) and the UO's Faculty Brass and Wind Quintets, Van Dreel can be heard in concert halls all over the world, and on many recordings with groups as diverse as QUADRE, The IRIS Orchestra, The Cherry Poppin' Daddies and Kitty Brazelton's DaDaDah, Van Dreel's playing was recently featured in the 2012 Chrysler Super Bowl ad "Its Halftime, America". Before joining the Oregon faculty, Van Dreel held a ten-year tenure as co-principal horn of the Sarasota Orchestra (FL). She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Henry Henniger joined the University of Oregon faculty as assistant professor of trombone in the fall of 2010. A native Oregonian, he previously held faculty-teaching positions at Oregon State University and Linfield College. Henniger started his musical career at Indiana University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in trombone performance. He received his master’s at Manhattan School of Music, where he was a member of the prestigious Orchestral Performance program and was awarded the John Clark Award for excellence in brass performance. Active as a soloist and orchestral musician, Henniger has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including Di Capo Opera (NY), Park Avenue Symphony (NY), Axiom Brass (AK), and Imperial Brass (NY). While playing with Imperial Brass, he recorded under Summit Records and was featured as a soloist on their Bone-A-Fide Brass album with guest soloist Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic. Henniger has also recorded under Sun King Productions, Emeritis Records and Orange mountain Music labels, working under internationally acclaimed conductors such as Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, and Gerald Schwarz, including performances in New York City’s Avery Fisher and Carnegie Hall. Locally, Henniger frequently performs with the Eugene Symphony, Sunriver Music Festival, Spokane Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Oregon Symphony. He has also been a featured soloist with several orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the region, including Central Oregon Symphony, Linfield College Wind Ensemble, Oregon State Wind Ensemble, University of Portland, and the Vancouver Symphony (WA). He is currently principal trombone of the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theatre and is also a member of the Oregon Brass Quintet. Equally active as a music educator, Henniger is in demand as a guest clinician and adjudicator throughout the state. Nationally, he was a founding member of the Axiom Brass Summer Seminar for high school and college level brass players; the seminar pulled students from nearly all 50 states. Henniger also has been involved with outreach programs to help give music lessons to underprivileged students in the Bronx, NY. He has also held faculty positions at the Young Musicians and Artists Seminar (OR), and the Wallowa Lake Brass Camp (OR).

Through the years Henniger has been fortunate to study with some of the legendary brass virtuosi, including Scott Hartman, Carl Lenthe, David Finlayson, Per Brevig, Peter Ellefson, and Joseph Alessi.

Michael Grose joined the UO music faculty in 2001 as associate professor of tuba. Prior to coming to Oregon, Grose was principal tubist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and the Hilton Head Orchestra since 1990. He is currently the principal tubist of the Eugene Symphony. Grose received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University, where he was a student of Arnold Jacobs. After graduation, he continued his private study with Jacobs until 1998. Before assuming his position in Savannah, Grose was a tubist with Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Illinois Philharmonic. He has performed with the Chicago, Oregon, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Charleston, and Jacksonville symphonies, and the Boise Philharmonic. An accomplished chamber musician, Grose received the Sweepstakes Award at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, making him the first tubist to receive that prize. Grose was also a prize-winner at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. Both awards came while he was a member of the Chicago-based Asbury Brass Quintet. A founding member of the Millar Brass Ensemble, Grose has recorded for the London/Decca and Crystal Records labels. Professor Grose is a member of the Oregon Brass Quintet, the faculty brass ensemble at the University of Oregon. Since coming to UO, he has developed a special website ( to highlight UO tuba-euphonium activities, and to offer educational/pedagogical materials about the tuba and euphonium to interested students, educators, and enthusiasts. In addition he has created the YouTube channel, TubaPeopleTV (TPTV), which is dedicated solely to the preservation and exploration of the professional and pedagogical successes of Arnold Jacobs. Mr. Grose is in demand as a teacher having given master classes at universities across the United States including UCLA, Roosevelt University, Western Illinois University, Lynn University, University of Tennessee,University of Memphis, Arizona State University, and Portland State University.


Flamenco Pacifico
Flamenco Pacifico

Based in the majestic state of Oregon, Flamenco Pacifico is a dynamic, professional performance group dedicated to bringing the art of flamenco music and dance to audiences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Led by virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer, Berto Boyd, the group’s guitar-driven performances feature original modern flamenco compositions rooted in the time-honored forms of traditional flamenco. With inspired dancing by Elena Villa and the passionate vocals and guitar artistry of guitarist/singer Grant Ruiz, Flamenco Pacifico takes audiences on an unforgettable journey into the fascinating world of flamenco.

About the group

Flamenco is a living culture, steeped in history, with many roots and branches. Flamenco Pacifico seeks to present flamenco as a cultural event and an art form that invites creative innovation. The group offers educational lectures and demos that involve the audience and place flamenco in its compelling historical and cultural context, lending deeper meaning to the performances they share with the public.

True to the spirit of flamenco, Flamenco Pacifico’s name reflects both geographical place and the idea that flamenco is expansive and inclusive enough to absorb the personal experiences and backgrounds of anyone who wants to participate in the art form. With collective musical influences as diverse as Brazilian, jazz, Western classical, and Middle Eastern, Flamenco Pacifico offers their unique version of modern flamenco with a world orientation.

What also sets this group apart artistically is that their music is based around melodic themes–both in Berto Boyd’s original compositions and in the group’s arrangements of traditional pieces. These thematic elements function as landmarks on the listener’s journey through a musical landscape that can be haunting and deeply moving, due in no small part to the spine-tingling duende, or trance-like spirit unleashed by the music. The festive strains of many of Boyd’s lighter, or chico, compositions also assure that even after the last chords of the guitar have faded, audiences will walk away from the performance with an infectious melody in their ears.

Flamenco Pacifico has performed in a variety of venues–from intimate house concerts to major festivals such as The Britt Festival (Jacksonville, OR) and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s popular Green Show (Ashland, OR). They are available for public and private events, festivals and educational lectures and demonstrations.


For more information contact or call 541-779-0847.